On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Haigazian University organized a press conference on October the 5th, 2004, at 12:00 noon, in the University's campus in Beirut.
The conference opened by a welcome speech by Mrs. Mira Yardemian, the new Public Relations director. Mrs.Yardemian highlighted the ethical and social values that Haigazian has promoted throughout the past 50 years.
Then, the President of the University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, introduced the audience with the historical background of the university. Haigazian was established in the year 1955 by the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, and the Armenian Missionary Association of America. The university was named after a prominent leader and scholar in Konya, Turkey, Dr. Armenag Haigazian, who had lost his life in 1921 as a victim of the Armenian genocide.
Haidostian explained that in spite of being a relatively small-sized university, Haigazian has capitalized on its strengths by giving priority to service-oriented academic majors that enable the youth to become leaders in their community and work environments. In today's competitive world, Haigazian has been experiencing growth in a number of aspects. Student numbers have grown and physical expansion of the campus is being planned. However, President Haidostian added, this expansion will not be at the expense of the personalized and student-oriented service the University has always offered. A physical expansion of 30% will allow for even better academic service, in terms of research, administrative space, libraries and sports facilities.
Last but not least, Haidostian assured that the university will always value the building of the ethical person of tomorrow, achieving the highest educational and moral values, and enhancing the cultural well-being of all, thus capitalizing on dual riches of the Armenian heritage and the Lebanese culture.
After noting that the 50th anniversary celebrations will also take place in the USA, Syria and Armenia, Dr. Berj Traboulsi, a Faculty member at Haigazian and a member of the jubilee committee, presented the agenda of the events that will take place throughout the academic year 2004-2005.