Master of Science in Economics Celebrates First Graduating Class

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On December 13, 2014, the Master of Science in Economics (MSE) program at the American University of Armenia (AUA) celebrated the commencement of the 2013-2014 graduating class, the first graduating class from this program, with an informal ceremony in Akian Gallery.

In addition to the graduating students, the event was attended by AUA faculty and staff, and guests from the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA), of which the MSE program is partnering with. 40% of MSE classes are held in Dilijan, where the bank’s research and training center is located, and 8 out of the 16 admitted students in the program are currently CBA employees.

Nerses Yeritsyan, CBA Deputy Chairman, addressed the students with a keynote speech and expressed his certainty that the program has produced knowledgeable and hard-working individuals whose skills will be vital for not only the banking industry in Armenia but for the entire public sector.

Don Fuller, AUA Provost, also congratulated the students and stated, “The bank could have chosen not to partner with AUA, but we are fortunate that they did. We depend on programs like this to keep AUA linked to the rest of the world. All of you are in very good shape to get a job, and that’s something important in Armenia.”

Towards the end of the event, students gave their own presentation of pictures and anecdotes from their time at AUA to MSE faculty members, including Vahram Ghushchyan, director of the program. They proudly donned t-shirts that read: “Keep calm, I’m an economist.”

The students will participate in a formal graduation ceremony at the end of the academic year.

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.


Left to right: Nerses Yeritsyan, Don Fuller, Vahram Ghushchyan


Group shot at the MSE Commencement Celebration


Students proudly donned t-shirts that read: “Keep calm, I’m an economist”