Beirut, 30/03/2010- On Friday, March 26, 2010, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, Mrs. Hranoush Hagopian visited Haigazian University, and had an informative and cordial meeting with the Armenian students. She was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ashod Kocharian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Lebanon, in addition to a delegation from the Embassy.
During the hour long meeting, Minister Hagopian expressed her pride towards Haigazian University as being the only Armenian higher education institution in the Diaspora.
She then discussed major challenges facing Armenia and the Diaspora, such as globalization, drug addiction, climate change, terrorism, human rights and poverty. The solutions which she suggested were to invest thoroughly in human capital and information technology. “We should succeed in creating a module that combines education, information technology and language, in order to overcome those challenges”, Hagopian noted.
Hagopian also underlined the necessity of encouraging the diasporan youth to get integrated in the communities in which they live, getting involved in politics and the public sector, however, without losing their Armenian culture and heritage. On a parallel note, she also invited them to often visit their mother land Armenia, and try to invest in its economy.
Finally, Minister Hagopian shared with the audience the strategy of the Ministry of the Diaspora in tightening the bonds between Armenia and the Diaspora. In this respect, Hagopian presented 3 perspectives to succeed in this endeavor. First, the two entities should get acquainted to each other, develop a mutual trust, and promote a cooperative culture. Second, to establish bilateral relations, build upon mutual respect and freedom of governance. Last but not least, the two entities should be of one voice towards the main national issues and threats, such as the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, strengthening the Diaspora, the Armenian Church, and empowering Armenia.
At the end, and after a question and answer session, Minister Hagopian presented University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian a set of valuable books, all published by the Ministry.
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