90 Students from 50 Countries to Start Courses at Dilijan College

The Dilijan International School campus nearing its completion

DILIJAN, Armenia (Arka)—Some 90 students from 50 countries, including ten from Armenia, will start learning at UWC Dilijan College starting this fall, John Puddefoot, the Founding Head of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, and former Deputy Head of Eton College, UK, who in early 2014 became head of Dilijan International School, said to reporters on Monday. He said ten students are from Russia and four are from Turkey.

The founder of Dilijan International School Ruben Vardanian noted that Dilijan College will enable people from other countries to get to know Armenia.

“It is great that children from Chile, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada, China and other countries will arrive in Armenia to get their education here. This will provide them with an opportunity to discover Armenia, to understand how we live, the people we are; and in this sense the world will become more open to Armenia, while Armenians will also learn a lot of interesting things for themselves,” he said.

The Dilijan International School is a large-scale philanthropic initiative putting Armenia on the world educational map. The School will open in September 2014 for 90 students. By 2023 the school hopes that it will host 650 students from at least 60 countries. Ninety percent of academically successful students will receive full scholarships granted by the DIS benefactors.

In the full diploma program, each student studies three Higher Level and three Standard Level subjects. IB candidates are also required to write an Extended Essay, complete a course in theory of knowledge, and actively engage in creativity, action and service components. In October, 2013, Dilijan International School became a UWC school (United World Colleges) under the name of UWC Dilijan.

The cost of education is $30,000 a year. The cost of this project is $150 million.


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  1. Garen Yegparian said:

    If I recall correctly, this is the school whose campus was going to be located (at least partially) within the borders of a national park. If so, the “good” it brings does not outweigh the “bad” of the precedent it sets for allowing encroachments on our national treasures. If anyone knows the details of this, I’d appreciate being corrected, as apporopriate.

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