Representatives From Armenian University Receive Training at Cal Poly Pomona

Three delegates from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) have traveled to Cal Poly Pomona to develop their university?s outreach operations thanks to a recent grant of $216,040 from the U.S. Department of State.

From Jan. 27 to Feb. 12, Cal Poly Pomona representatives have been working with their SEUA counterparts to increase SEUA?s capacity in event management, alumni communication, identity building, expert identification and strategic planning of publications. This is the second of a series of exchange visits funded through the grant. Last October, Cal Poly Pomona representatives flew to SEUA to conduct workshops and meetings.

Armenian representatives visiting Cal Poly Pomona are Dr. Laert Hovhannisyan, prorector of finance and social affairs; Dr. Khachik Khachatryan, prorector of administration; and Dr. Ruben Aghgashyan, dean of computer systems and informatics department.

The two universities have been partners since 1994. With help from Cal Poly Pomona, SEUA has been able to update its infrastructure and operations. Specific results of the partnership include the creation of SEUA?s first local area computer network, the restructuring of degree programs, development of its strategic plan, and establishment of its Faculty Development Center. Cal Poly Pomona has also benefited through the strengthening of its ties with the Armenian population in Southern California.

Armenia is a nation of approximately 2.5 million located south of Russia and between the Black and Caspian seas. It was a part of the Soviet Union until 1991. Armenia was a center of industry and technology during the Soviet period, but its economy has suffered greatly during the difficult transition from a command economy to an open market. As Armenia?s only technical university, SEUA has a key role to play as the country tries to reinvent itself as a regional center of technology and knowledge industry.