DILIJAN, June 2. / ARKA /. Some 90 students from 50 countries, including ten from Armenia, will start learning at UWC Dilijan College from autumn, John Puddefoot, the Founding Head of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India and former Deputy Head of Eton College, UK, who has taken up in early 2014 as head of Dilijan International School, said to reporters today. He said ten students are from Russia and four are from Turkey.
The founder of Dilijan International School Ruben Vardanyan noted that Dilijan College will enable people from other countries to get to know Armenia.
"It is great that children from Chile, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada, China and other countries will arrive in Armenia to get their education here. This will provide them with an opportunity to reveal Armenia, to understand how we live, what a people we are and in this sense the world will become more open to Armenia , while Armenians will also learn a lot of interesting things for themselves,” he said.
The Dilijan International School is a large-scale philanthropic initiative putting Armenia on the world educational map. DIS will open in September 2014 for 90 students. By 2023 the school will host 650 students from at least 60 countries. Ninety percent of gifted students will receive full scholarships granted by the DIS benefactors.
In the full Diploma program, each student studies three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) subjects. IB candidates are also required to write an Extended Essay, complete a course of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and actively engage in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components. In October, 2013 Dilijan International School became a UWC school (United World Colleges) under the name of UWC Dilijan.
The cost of education is $30,000 a year. The cost of this project is $150 million. -0-