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  • To endeavor to work towards a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world by delivering a challenging and transformative education with high academic standards to students from wide national, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds

  • To contribute to the regional development through new infrastructure, business and social activities

  • To contribute to the development of cultural exchanges and mutual understanding inside the school, but also with local communities

UWC Dilijan College, Armenia

An international co-ed boarding school for teens aged from 13 to 19, scheduled to open in October 2014. The college is located at the intersection of Europe and Asia and half-way between the capitals of Armenia and Georgia, occupying over 88 ha of land within Dilijan National Park.

Overall investments in building the campus, infrastructure and equipment of UWC Dilijan College total $150 mln.

Education will be conducted under the programs Cambridge IGCSE (international qualification of secondary education) and IB Diploma (international baccalaureate).

Appointed as school Head is John Puddefoot, Founder and Head of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad (India) who for many years served as Deputy Head of Eton College in the UK.

The school will house 650 students of about 60 nationalities when at full capacity in 2023.


  • To put Armenia on the map of the educational world by creating an international boarding school of the highest standards.
  • To contribute to the regional development through new infrastructure, business and social activities.

International relations

  • The School has become a full member of the United World Colleges (UWC) network of 14 schools around the world with the mission to deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.
  • UWC Dilijan College has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate to deliver its Diploma Program and is now a fully accredited IB World School.
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UWC Dilijan College, Armenia. Partners.

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Interviews and other materials

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Ruben Vardanyan
Ruben Vardanyan: I’m not the thriftiest investor
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Veronika Zonabend
Antidote to fear
The World, 25.08.2017
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Veronika Zonabend
In the land of holidays and sunshine, 26.05.2017
Veronika Zonabend spoke to Tatler about Armenia, the homeland of her husband, impact investor Ruben Vardanyan.
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Veronika Zonabend
Veronika Zonabend: The educational cluster will be an open ecosystem
Mediamax, 07.04.2017
In the last few months, several sessions of the interdepartmental commission on the creation of the Dilijan Educational Cluster have been held, headed by the Armenian Minister of Education. The initiative for the cluster came from IDeA Foundation and Scholae Mundi. Mediamax spoke with co-founder of both of those agencies and Chair of the Board of Governors of UWC Dilijan College Veronika Zonabend, to find out the initiative in detail.

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Ruben Vardanyan
Ruben Vardanyan: Aurora Prize has united whole nation, 08.02.2017
The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is a very ambitious project, which requires a lot of constant work to address global problems and challenges