The AUA MissionThe American University of Armenia aims to have an impact on students and the community as a center of academic excellence, innovation, inquiry, and diversity that contributes to the further development and advancement of Armenia, the region and the world through teaching and scholarship, fostering creativity, integrity and community service.
The AUA VisionThrough its world-class academic programs, research centers, student services, and community outreach, the American University of Armenia will have a transformative impact on people’s social, economic, political and intellectual capacities to meet the challenges of a globalized world. Our faculty and staff will inspire students to advance knowledge and become responsible citizens and leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.
On December 7, 1988 an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale rolled through the former Soviet Republic of Armenia, killing 25,000 people and leaving another 500,000 homeless. The human tragedy and economic devastation shocked the world and opened the Republic to unprecedented international humanitarian and technical assistance.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, many Western specialists in the field of earthquake engineering visited Armenia and had the opportunity to interact with their Armenian counterparts. It was during one such meeting in 1989 that the idea of an American style technical university in Armenia was proposed by Yuri Sarkissian, then rector of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, to Armen Der Kiureghian, Professor of Civil Engineering of the University of California at Berkeley, as a way to establish a new foundation for education and training in Armenia.
It is a privilege to welcome you to the website of the American University of Armenia. AUA was founded in 1991, almost three years after the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7, 1988. It was conceived as a constructive response to the immense human and economic losses suffered as a result of the earthquake. The initial years of the university coincided with economic turmoil and political conflict. Nevertheless, the university persevered and rapidly grew to become one of the finest institutions of higher learning in Armenia and the region. AUA is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and it is affiliated with the University of California.
As one of the founders of AUA and its fourth president, it is my honor to lead the University on its mission to provide teaching and research programs in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, leadership and service to society. Armenia is an ancient land with a rich culture and a strong tradition of excellence in education.