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Orientation Day
Orientation Day for New Students

On Monday the 19th of September, 2005, Haigazian University welcomed around 200 incoming students who underwent a thorough Orientation Program during 2 full days.
This Program is a university requirement, designed to help new students make a smooth transition into all aspects of university life: academic, communal, spiritual and social.
The campus minister, Rev. Nishan Bakalian warmly welcomed the new comers, and assured them that all Haigazian University staff and faculty are there in their service.
President Paul Haidostian shared some of his experiences of orientation when he first joined Haigazian as a student.
In addition, he introduced the students to the Haigazian culture which is based on its motto: Truth, Freedom and Service. "The truth is translated in life through transparency, honesty, faith, openness, curiosity and humility. In freedom, we discover the virtues of creativity, independence and responsibility. And in service we find the meaning of human life. The heights of life and existence can be discovered truly when we put what we have in the service of others", explained Haidostian.
The Dean of faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Arda Ekmekji stressed on the Student Centered Environment at Haigazian University as well as on the Liberal Arts Education in general, which endow the student with a rounded education, global vision and wide panorama. She encouraged students to engage in critical thinking, criticizing, disagreeing and questioning. In short, she pushed them to be actors instead of spectators.
The Dean of Business Administration and Economics, Dr. Fadi Asrawi talked about the quality education provided by Haigazian University, and about the various activities organized by the Business School. He stressed the importance of combining the theoretical knowledge with the field experience, an approach followed at Haigazian.
The Student Life Director, Mr. Antranik Dakessian invited the students to be active members in the numerous clubs at Haigazian. This will positively channel students'' energy, providing them with social and interactive skills.
Finally, the Director of the Orientation Program, Dr. Berge Traboulsi considered the program as a key to University success, as it provides students with skills of time and life management.
Towards noon time, everyone was gathered in the Mugar Garden around a lavish buffet lunch.
The two-day Orientation Program successfully prepared the incoming students for a new educational journey at Haigazian University.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relation Director
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