On January 12, ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan hosted Karen Khurshudyan, President of Khachatur Abovyan Armenian School of Marseille (France).
During the meeting, the ASPU rector emphasized the support and assistance the ASPU teaching staff provides to the Armenian school of Marseille for the benefit of our compatriots living in the Diaspora.
In the era of globalization Srbuhi Gevorgyan considered cooperation between the two educational structures to be targeted, at the same time hailing the school’s mission of preserving Armenian identity in Marseille, which has a large Armenian population.
She added that they are ready to listen to the concerns and proposals for the future cooperation; in that context, the Pedagogical University will use its potential to organize substantive and profound processes that will be mutually beneficial.
Karen Khurshudyan, President of Khachatur Abovyan Armenian School of Marseille, says the Diaspora witnesses “white Avarayr” (one of the first battles Armenian fought to defend Christianity) every day. He is grateful to the Dean of the Faculty of Philology, Professor Ashot Galstyan and Professor Aelita Dolukhanyan for their contribution and for not leaving them alone ‘in that battle.’
Karen Khurshudyan says if our compatriots of the historical Diaspora have been able to preserve their identity 100 years after the Genocide, today Armenian migrants assimilate very quickly and easily, especially in European countries. "It is difficult to keep their identity, to bring them closer to education, after all, preservation of national identity is much more important.”
At the same time, Mr. Khurshudyan confesses that he ‘has great happiness in his misfortune:’ eight of the 16 teachers of the school are graduates of ASPU. Thanks to that scientific potential, the school is able to provide quality education for 200 students.
Karen Khurshudyan also hailed the efforts of the Faculty of Philology in publishing a new textbook in Eastern Armenian for the students of the school, developing the school curriculum, training the teaching staff and arming them with methodological knowledge.
Professor Aelita Dolukhanyan highly appreciated Karen Khurshudyan's efforts to preserve Armenian identity and his exceptional dedication in the fight against assimilation and alienation.
He says both in Armenia and in the Diaspora it is difficult to run an educational centre. He is sure that thanks to its leadership and potential, ASPU will scale great heights in the world.
The parties assured each other that they are ready for further cooperation. ASPU is ready to provide multi-professional consultation; the primary task of the University has been and is to identify the needs in schools.
By the decision of the Board of Trustees of the school, Karen Khurshudyan awarded the highest award of the school to Srbuhi Gevorgyan. It is due to mention that in the history of the 44-year-old school the awarded has been given for the 4th time.
By the decision of the Scientific Council of the University, Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan gave Karen Khurshudyan a certificate of honur and souvenirs for his contributions to the preservation of Armenian identity in the Diaspora and for his cooperation with ASPU.