Dear Friends of AUA:
During this busy holiday season, I would like to personally thank you for your continued support of the American University of Armenia. As we reflect upon the year past and look ahead to 2013, I would like to share with you some of our accomplishments and some of our plans for the year ahead. AUA is gaining momentum in a variety of ways, and there is a renewed sense of enthusiasm in the air. We look forward to a busy year ahead.
Milestone Accomplishments and the Year Ahead
The university received a record number of applicants to our graduate programs for the fall 2012 semester. Our faculty and graduates are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields. We have signed cooperative agreements for internships and new programs with several Armenian government ministries and the Central Bank of Armenia. We are renovating and expanding our facilities to accommodate our expanding student body. We also opened our doors to meet the urgent needs of the students from Syria. We have been able to do this due in large part to the generous support of key philanthropic leaders.
Looking ahead, our biggest news is that we will launch our undergraduate program in fall 2013. This will be a significant expansion of our educational mission. We have received the necessary accreditation to proceed with this expansion that will quadruple our student body over the next five years. With an American-accredited undergraduate program in place, AUA will soon be able to host students from abroad who wish to spend their summers or junior year studying in Armenia.
Your Role in AUA’s Future Success
AUA’s success is a team effort. From the beginning, AUA has been supported by a dedicated group of founders, trustees, community organizations, and visionaries. Your financial contributions have had, and continue to have, tremendous impact on our students. Educational excellence requires tremendous resources. To give you a sense of it all, it costs AUA approximately $10,000 to educate each student.
Yet students from Armenia are charged only $2,500 in tuition. This gap of $7,500 is subsidized by the university and by you, our generous supporters. With your support, we are able to maintain our commitment to the principle that no qualified Armenian student should ever be denied an AUA education due to an inability to pay tuition, despite rapidly rising costs.
I hope you will consider AUA in your year-end charitable contributions. Your contribution, whatever its size, will have a profound impact in providing an exceptional American education to all our students. You may donate your U.S. tax-deductible gift online (www.AUA.am/giving) or mail it directly to: American University of Armenia, 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612.
I thank you in advance for considering the American University of Armenia in your year-end charitable giving. Together we can make a difference in educating Armenia’s youth and helping them become the leaders of tomorrow.
With warmest wishes during this holiday season from all of us at AUA to all of you,
American University of Armenia