YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that Iren Stepanyan, a senior student in the English and Communications (E&C) program, has received the second place in humanities at the “Best Student” nationwide competition of 2017. Minister of Education and Science of RA Levon Mkrtchyan presented the awards to the best students of Armenia during the ceremony at Yerevan State University (YSU) on February 13, 2018.
Stepanyan used to be a member of AUA Undergraduate Student Council for two years and is currently the president of AUA Otaku Club, which is dedicated to Japanese animation, art and culture. Stepanyan has recently won the essay competition organized by the AUA Creative Writing Center. She has also worked on translations of a number of theatrical plays that have been staged in Armenian theatres, as well as translated scripts of short documentaries.
Besides her academic achievements, Stepanyan participated in several European Youth Parliament events, in particular, Dilijan Academic EYP Forum (2015), where she was chosen as one of the best delegates, and 81st International Session of EYP in Dublin and Belfast (2016).
The “Best Student” competition is an annual event organized to promote educational excellence and student participation in research, as well as to encourage students who have demonstrated high academic performance.The competition is held among bachelor’s and master’s students in the following fields: natural sciences, medical sciences, humanities, social science, engineering, Armenian studies, culture and sport.
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.