From the World Bank we receive the following news about the AGBU-funded American University of Armenia:
YEREVAN, MARCH 9, 2009 – Today, the World Bank Yerevan Office and the American University of Armenia (AUA) held the launching ceremony of a partner initiative – the Knowledge for Development Center. The Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Mr. Aristomene Varoudakis, WB Country Manager in Armenia, and Dr. Haroutune Armenian, President of AUA.
The Agreement outlines the basis for cooperation and joint activities of the two institutions in knowledge dissemination, learning and capacity building for the development arena. The WB and AUA jointly set up the Center within the AUA Papazian Library to provide the public with free access to information on development and to encourage knowledge sharing and policy dialogue among the widest audiences possible.
The World Bank has partnered with the American University of Armenia Papazian Library to bring the public up-to-date and thorough information on World Bank-sponsored development projects in Armenia, as well as research and analytical works on the country and global development issues through the Knowledge for Development Center. The Center provides hard copies of recent World Bank publications, reports, studies, project information, videos, and documentaries and other materials, as well as on-line access to the World Bank archive dating back to 1947, with the ability to download and print any publicly available document in the database.
“We are very pleased with this cooperation with the American University of Armenia, said Aristomene Varoudakis, the WB Country manager for Armenia. – The Center also aims to play as a hub for facilitating dialogue, consultations, and knowledge-sharing sessions among academia, the media, the government, the Civil Society, and as well as the private sector in the area.”
For Haroutune Armenian, President of the AUA: “This is a great addition to what will be available to the broader public of Armenia. In the long term history of nations, wealth of intellectual products is more consequential and significant than material wealth. A knowledge society is what most nations are striving for and we as a University have an important role to play in the development of such a society. The World Bank has developed so many similar initiatives to help move the nations of this world in such a direction.”