11, 2015

President receives Haigazian University President Paul Haidostian

President Serzh Sargsyan received today Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University.

At the outset, the president offered his congratulations on the 60th anniversary of one of the most eminent diaspora educational centers, Haigazian University, the only higher education institution with a state status in Lebanon, noting that Haigazian University’s more than half a century of pro-Armenian activities arouse a sense of pride in every Armenian. Serzh Sargsyan spoke highly of Paul Haidostian’s personal contribution to the development of relations between the university and different Armenian diaspora educational centers, which, according to the president, stimulates the intensification of ties not only between educational institutions, but also between various communities.

Serzh Sargsyan expressed his satisfaction with the fact that in recent years Haigazian University has enhanced its cooperation with Yerevan State University. However, according to the president, the university possesses significant potential of cooperation with Armenia’s other educational centers and academic institutions, which needs to be utilized at full scale.

The parties attached importance on implementing student exchange and visitor programs, which gives diaspora Armenian students the opportunity to specialize in Armenology, Diasporology, Genocidology and Arab Studies in ESU and other Armenian scientific research institutions, at the same time, giving Armenian students the chance to get to know the diaspora on the spot and gain professional skills in the given field.

The interlocutors warmly recalled Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to Haigazian University as part of his official visit to Lebanon in 2012.

Armenia’s president assured the guest that Armenia is always ready to support Haigazian University whenever the institution needs it.

Paul Haidostian thanked the president for the warm welcome and the caring attitude towards the university, as well as for the consistent state policy aimed at reinforcing Armenia-Diaspora ties.  

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