Impact

Building AUA’s Annual Fund

The American University of Armenia (AUA) provides a world-class, accessible, US-accredited educational experience for students of Armenia. AUA partners with alumni and friends who champion our mission of educational excellence. Your generous contributions, which AUA invests in Armenia’s best and brightest students, creates an association of critical thinking, globally connected, multilingual graduates, who are building a more resilient and capable Armenia.

AUA’s Annual Fund is integral to the livelihood of its current and future students. By building the fund, the University will be able to address its most pressing needs and promising opportunities without delay. This meaningful source of funding can be used today and tomorrow in order to facilitate academic growth and advancement of students who will continue to help push their country forward.

Regardless of your motivation for giving, be it shared values, passion for Armenia’s future, a family legacy to inspire generations to come – know that your contribution makes a lasting impact.

Lawrence H. Pitts, MD.
Chair, AUA Board of Trustees

“AUA has been linked since its inception with the University of California. UC is perhaps the world’s finest public higher education institution, and tight links with AUA have assured that UC values are strongly represented there – merit, academic freedom, full and frank discussions, transparency, and honesty in addition to need-blind admissions. As AUA continues to grow and mature, these principles are instilled in our students who live these values as citizens of Armenia and the world. This high-quality Western- style education is only possible with the strong support of AUA’s friends and donors, for which all of us at AUA – trustees, faculty, students, staff – are enormously grateful.”

Annie Totah
AUA Pillar & Philanthropist

“I am impressed with what AUA is doing in Armenia by preparing and educating future leaders and giving them quality academic opportunities with excellent first-class professors. Upon graduation, these young individuals will excel on their own turf by becoming well-informed, well-educated Armenians so they can help the country grow and prosper.”

Berge Setrakian
President, AGBU

“AUA fulfills an important role in promoting Western education in Armenia. I truly enjoy visiting the University and experiencing the positive environment and atmosphere on campus. It’s very refreshing to interact with the students who are the future of Armenia.”

As one of the founding organizations of AUA, along with the Republic of Armenia and the University of California, AGBU has provided a substantial portion of the University’s budget in its formative years, later on building an endowment for the institution to promote its further growth and development.

AUA Alumni Pay It Forward

Hayk Martirosyan (MS EE ‘97), Anahit Bagiryan (BA E&C ‘20), and Sona Petrosyan (MBA ‘97)

“Although time has passed, we never forgot the role AUA played in our lives. Just like others who supported AUA in the mid 1990s and enabled us to study here and build our careers, we decided to give back to AUA and establish a scholarship in order to express our gratitude and help other students to have this valuable and life-changing experience. It is such a good feeling to give back, to be a part of something so vitally important, once as a student beneficiary and now as a supporter of another student.”

Sona Petrosyan (MBA ‘97)
Co-founder and Board Member of My Way Socio-Rehabilitation Day Care Center; Board Member of the Autism National Foundation

Hayk Martirosyan (MS EE ‘97)
General Director of IKO Machinery

Anahit Bagiryan (BA E&C ‘22)
Recipient of the Hayk Martirosyan & Sona Petrosyan Scholarship
“I am very grateful to Hayk and Sona. They are role models that we should all look up to, especially since they are AUA alumni. Their generosity inspires me to find a way of helping others one day.”

AUA Alumni Shine in the Workplace

“When we opened up our office in Armenia a couple of years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect. Since opening up the office, we’ve hired a big chunk of our team from AUA, whether in the form of new graduates or alumni. And I’ve just been blown away at the quality of the education of our team and the performance that we’ve gotten out of them.”

Vahe Kuzoyan
President & Co-Founder, ServiceTitan

“One of the primary reasons for my success was my knowledge of American business management and culture, which I got from AUA. Besides knowledge within my discipline at AUA, I also gained soft skills that allowed me to collaborate and work with people from different backgrounds and cultures.” 

Artavazd Minasyan
Co-Founder, Krisp (MBA ‘12)

“Employing AUA alumni has been a great addition to Synergy’s team. What truly distinguishes them is their ability to adapt to the ever-changing and evolving world of modern technologies and communications. They perform well in a multicultural environment, are skilled, knowledgeable and have a great work ethic. We look forward to hiring more talents from this reputable institution.”

Ashot Hovanesian
CEO, Synergy Armenia

“AUA Alumni have time and again demonstrated innovative problem solving, excellent communication and a solid technical foundation. Their contributions to the product continue to be recognized by our management team.”

Tigran Nazaryan
Director of Operations, VMware Armenia