WSCUC Approves AUA Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences Program
Yerevan, Armenia — On April 17, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) granted the American University of Armenia (AUA) final approval to launch the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences program. The 4-year undergraduate program will be offered through the Zaven & Sonia Akian College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
Dr. Aram Hajian, Dean of CSE, notes, “We are very excited to be welcoming our first undergraduate Engineering Sciences students. They will be joining our Computer Science students in the College as AUA continues to broaden its educational offerings in response to Armenia’s growing demand for creative problem solvers, value creators, and innovators in a wide range of scientific and technology-driven fields.”
The multidisciplinary undergraduate program combines core concepts from both traditional and modern engineering disciplines and empowers graduates to address common challenges in complex and integrated technological systems. Thus, graduates will be well equipped for employment in several sectors that require analytical and quantitative skills. Graduates will have a solid foundation to continue their education in mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering, as well as computer science and robotics. By collaborating with AUA’s Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC), the BSES program will capitalize on innovation and creativity and foster an entrepreneurial attitude in graduates. In addition, the program will teach effective oral and written communication skills to help graduates convey their ideas and empower them to become change-agents and leaders.
The program was created in response to Armenia’s growing demand for leaders in the interdisciplinary fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to address modern challenges in the private sector, defense, and security realms, as well as innovation-driven economic development.
Sharistan Melkonian, Director of Assessment and Accreditation at AUA, adds that “Approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission of AUA’s proposal to launch a BS in Engineering Sciences program demonstrates the University’s commitment to providing students with a quality education deep-seated in student learning and ongoing improvement.”
The American University of Armenia is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.
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 US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.