AUA’s Experience in Construction Best Practices Highlighted at ASHA 60th Anniversary Conference

WASHINGTON, D. C., USA – On October 31, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Vice President of Operations, Ashot Ghazaryan, was invited to present on the University’s successful construction methods at the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) 60th Anniversary Conference, held in Washington, D.C. AUA was among four ASHA grant recipients invited to share their experience.

Mr. Ghazaryan, before a capacity crowd of over 200 people from throughout the world, noted the expertise and professionalism of the University’s architectural partners and shared AUA’s best practices and success stories.  His fellow panelists hailed from the American University of Beirut, Ramallah Friends School, and Universidad de Guatemala.

Previously, in recognition of the honor of presenting at ASHA’s 60th Anniversary Conference, AUA Board of Trustees Chair Lawrence Pitts shared with the Board during its bi-annual meeting that ASHA selected four grant recipients for a presentation on construction methods and ASHA’s engineer requested that Mr. Ghazaryan prepare a presentation for the conference and commended his leadership and the strength of AUA’s construction drawings and technical specifications.

AUA has over 25 years of experience in constructing and renovating its facilities with generous awards from ASHA, resulting in facilities that are highly effective, practical, modern and in line with international standards. The University’s comfortable classrooms, state-of-the-art library, collaborative study spaces, fully-equipped computer labs and other facilities creates an environment conducive to interactive learning, effective research and innovative creation.

Over the past two decades, AUA has received over $13 million in USAID/ASHA grants that made possible the creation or renovation of several facilities at AUA. The Student Union and the Faculty Center, again financed by the ASHA program, are currently in the construction phase.

ASHA provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. ASHA’s grants help these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships and mutual understanding among citizens of the United States and other nations.

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.