AGBU: Plans Underway to Launch Tumo-AGBU NKR Program for Creative Te

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Thursday, June 26, 2014



Plans are moving forward for this fall¹s opening of the brand new
Tumo-AGBU Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Program for Creative
Technologies. The program is the latest addition to the ambitious public
education initiative spearheaded, fully funded and developed by AGBU
across NKR in partnership with the NKR government, the American
University of Armenia (AUA) and Tumo.

The Tumo-AGBU NKR Program for Creative Technologies will build on the
success of the AUA-AGBU Extension Program, which has expanded by popular
demand with AGBU¹s financial underwriting. This Continuing Education
Program offers certificate courses in Public Policy and Administration,
Strategic Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, as well as
English language and standardized test preparation. With additional
seminars in career development, resume writing and interviewing, it is
helping to strengthen the NKR workforce, one of AGBU¹s key goals for the

Details for the new Tumo-AGBU NKR Program were discussed at a recent
Stepanakert meeting attended by representatives of the NKR government,
AGBU and Tumo. AGBU Central Board member Vasken Yacoubian, who was
present, remarked on the progress of their collaboration. ³The curricula
we¹ve developed with NKR officials and AUA administrators are preparing
students to pursue higher education and exciting careers in public
service,² he stated. ³With the forthcoming Tumo-AGBU NKR Program for
Creative Technologies, we look forward to helping even more young leaders
advance in the fields of IT, communication and the arts, as we continue
to encourage local development.²

Like the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, the Tumo-AGBU
NKR Program will offer state-of-the-art computers, design labs, courses
with industry leaders and, above all, an environment where young
Armenians can reach their full potential. A direct fiber optic connection
will link to Tumo¹s central servers, allowing staff in both cities to
share information, while interactive workshops will draw from Tumo¹s
satellite program in Dilijan.

Tumo Managing Director Marie Lou Papazian welcomed AGBU¹s plans, stating,
³From day one, Tumo was designed to be replicable, with the goal of
making its educational programs available to youth everywhere. Young
people in NKR are eager to connect with global networks without having to
emigrate. That need, combined with the NKR government¹s active support,
makes Stepanakert a natural choice for the next Tumo location.²

During the Stepanakert meeting, NKR Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan
reaffirmed the government¹s commitment to the project and expressed
gratitude for AGBU¹s financial backing. Prime Minister Harutyunyan, Mr.
Yacoubian and Ms. Papazian were joined in Stepanakert by Chief of Staff
of the NKR Government Levon Grigoryan, AGBU NKR Representative Sassoun
Baghdasaryan and Tumo Board member Pegor Papazian.

The Tumo-AGBU NKR Program for Creative Technologies expects to enroll 240
students ages 12-18 in its first year, with a goal of serving over 1,000
students by 2020.

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non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU
preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through
educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the
lives of some 400,000 Armenians around the world.

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tumo-nkr-program.jpg: Prime Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
(NKR) Ara Harutyunyan discusses plans for the forthcoming Tumo-AGBU NKR
Program for Creative Technologies. He was joined to his to his left by
AGBU Central Board member Vasken Yacoubian and to his right by Chief of
Staff of the NKR Government Levon Grigoryan and Tumo Managing Director
Marie Lou Papazian. AGBU NKR Representative Sassoun Baghdasaryan and Tumo
Board member Pegor Papazian were also present.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS