Director of AUA Extension Presents at the International Civil Society Week

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BELGRADE, Serbia ‒ On April 8-12, 2019, Dr. Sergey Tantushyan, the Director of the American University of Armenia (AUA) Extension, took part in the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019: The Power of Togetherness ‒ an international platform for civil society to network, debate, and come up with shared solutions. Dr. Tantushyan presented on a new AUA Extension program in non-profit management.

Last year, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) of Armenia and AUA signed an agreement to launch this new university certificate program, offered within the scope of AGBU’s Bridge for CSOs program financed by the European Union. AUA Extension, in cooperation with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and AGBU, has designed the certificate program and is currently piloting it. This important educational initiative will help civil society organizations (CSOs) acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in non-profit management and make them more competitive and efficient in advocacy, fundraising, and other areas.

“I showcased this initiative and presented its results in one of the biggest international events for the CSOs. I met representatives of several NGOs that are interested in establishing partnerships in Armenia, and expressed interest in using AUA Extension as an educational contractor, educational events partner, or a research destination. Also, we are planning to announce this program as an international study opportunity, of course, after its successful prototyping phase, and program revision,” remarked Dr. Tantushyan.

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.