YEREVAN, Armenia- On March 3, Arus Khcheyan, a graduate student at the American University of Armenia (AUA) Teaching English as a Foreign Language program, was named “Best Student” in the Nationwide Competition by the RA Ministry of Education and Science. She received a certificate and nominal pensions. The award was presented by Minister Levon Mkrtchyan during the ceremony, which took place at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU).
Arus was born in the Gegharkunik province and graduated from the Faculty of Linguistics of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences in 2012. In 2014, she graduated with excellence from the International Relations Faculty of Yerevan State University. Since 2014, Arus has been studying at AUA and is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French. In addition to her academic achievements, for the past five years Arus has also volunteered her time as a translator at “Astghavard” Disabled Children Parents’ Organization. Beginning in 2013, she has worked as a translator and head of Symposium 304 organizational committee at The International Astronomical Union.
Since 2012, the RA Ministry of Education and Science has organized a nationwide annual competition for “Best Student” to promote educational excellence and support top students in their professional development. The selection committee looks at nominated students’ academic performance, commitment to community service, professional achievements, and scientific work. The awarded students receive a monetary prize.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.