French University of Armenia Opened

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The French University of Armenia–opened in Yerevan July 18 by president Kocharian–was the fourth French University–opened in a foreign country along with the ones in Germany–Portugal and Greece. The University will be operating as a CJSC with 15 percent of shares belonging to the Armenian government and the rest to the French side in the persons of the Rone and the Distrilog Informatique organizations.

Speaking at a news conference preceding the official opening–Armenia’s education and science minister Edward Ghazarian–the head of Armenia-France caucus Arthur Baghdasarian and France’s ambassador in Yerevan Michel Legras noted that the University had been supposed to be set up by an agreement signed by the Armenian and French governmen’s back in 1995. The work for establishing the University actually started in 1998 after a memorandum between Armenian education and science ministry and France’s embassy in Yerevan had been signed.

France’s ambassador Legras–as well as former and current education ministers and Arthur Baghdasarian were instrumental in helping to establish the University. The latter is likely to be appointed the University’s rector.

Armenia’s president Robert Kocharian has also contributed to the establishment of University by helping to allot a building in central Yerevan to the University. This year the University will admit the first 100 students who will be taught law–economics and management along with studying French–English and German.

Luke Terterian–the chairman of the Distrilog Informatique–that is to secure the curriculum–noted with satisfaction that the University will yield highly efficient specialists.

The tuition fee will be equal to that of Armenian private universities. The government of Armenia is expected to approve the University’s graduate status.

Speaking to numerous guests attending the ceremony–president Kocharian said the FUA was another higher education establishment corresponding to the European standards–which along with the American University of Armenia and Russian University will allow to prepare specialists necessary for realization of Armenia’s foreign policy.

"France has always occupied a big place in Armenia’s’ culture and the opening of the new University will give a new impetus to traditionally friendly relations between the two nations," president Kocharian said.

Legras noted that the entire program was conceived by the Armenian side and the opening of the FUA is a manifestation of France’s trust towards Armenia. The ambassador awarded Armenian education minister Edward Ghazarian and Arthur Baghdasarian medals on behalf of his country’s foreign ministry.

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