It is difficult to believe that it has been 10 years since UWC Dilijan opened its doors. We have created a truly unique place where young people from all over the world can discuss hard questions and challenges facing humanity. In tune with the UWC mission, they learn how to listen to and understand each other, and how to respect different opinions and cultures in all their richness and diversity.

Having successfully navigated the pandemic and using the complexity of the geopolitical situation in the region to give our students hands-on exposure to the issues of peace and conflict resolution, the school continues its strong performance. One of the indicators of success is our ability to attract talented young people from a variety of backgrounds and geographies. Believing in the transformational power of education, we welcome students from 70-80 countries every year.

Over the 10-year period 88% of our students have been on full or partial scholarships. This can only be achieved with the support of generous people from around the globe, who put their trust in this pioneering venture and who believe in making the world a better place for everyone. We salute you!

On behalf of the Board, and Ruben Vardanyan and myself as founders, I am asking you to stay with us on this journey. By investing in education, you are investing in the future, you are investing in Knowledge, Harmony and Peace we want to prevail in this fragile world. Please consider a gift to mark the 10th Anniversary.

Thank you for the support, and I look forward to seeing you here for the celebrations in October.

Veronika Zonabend, Co-founder & Chair of the Board

Stories of Our Scholars

From Ethiopia to Harvard

Workneh Jano Fola (Ethiopia, UWCD’18), who grew up in a small village Matala in Southern Ethiopia, was the first UWCD graduate to be accepted to Harvard. Workneh’s childhood was not easy. He worked as a shoeshine boy to buy kerosene to study at night so that he could pursue his dream of receiving education.

The Amal Clooney Aurora Gratitude Scholarship

Dalia Atallah (UWCD’18, Lebanon), who received the Amal Clooney Aurora Gratitude Scholarship, is now a student enrolled in the highly selective dual Master’s programme between Sciences Po's Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). 

Hearing the UWCD Melody

Aram Petrosyan (Armenia, UWCD’23) had hearing difficulties since his birth. He overcame them through the determination of his parents and his own hard work and, with the support of the Asiryan family, became a student at UWCD. Aram spoke at his class graduation as a valedictorian.



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