YEREVAN, Armenia – On May 6th, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Professional Communication class of the BA in English & Communications (E&C) program, with support from the AUA Undergraduate Student Council, organized an intellectual tournament entitled “Brain Storm Intellectual Game” at the AUA Alex and Marie Manoogian Hall.
The game was similar to the “What? Where? When?” knowledge game, and required speed, teamwork, cooperation and a broad range of knowledge. Brain Storm was the final project for 17 third-year E&C students as part of the Professional Communication class. Following a competitive proposal writing process, students organized all communication, logistical and financial aspects of the event for a real-world project that fostered interpersonal, written and oral communication skill development. The game was conducted in English, and the student organizers translated questions with input and guidance from Armen Amiraghyan, president of the Nika Intellectual Club, and AUA Lecturer of Interpretation and Translation Rafik Santrosyan.
There were six participating teams comprised of six members in each. Universities participating this year were American University of Armenia, Yerevan State University, French University of Armenia, Russian-Armenian Slavonic University, Yerevan State Medical University and The State Linguistic University. Congratulations to Yerevan State Medical University for winning the competition.
One of the judges was Nora Alanakyan, six-time champion of the Armenia’s Tournament of “What? Where? When?,” two-time champion of the Caucasian Tournament of “What? Where? When?”, and AUA Alumna (MBA ’94). Currently, Alanakyan is the Armenia National Program Officer at the Austrian Development Agency.
Based on the success of the event, as noted by the enthusiastic participation of the six teams and the active interest of the audience in Manoogian Hall, there has been a suggestion that AUA students create a student club to organize similar Brain Storm competitions in the future.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia. It is affiliated with the University of California and provides US-style education in Armenia and the region. AUA offers high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.