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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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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
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Ruben Vardanyan: Live as if you were going to die tomorrow
Andrei Vandenko
The impact investor and social entrepreneur spoke to TASS about what type of threat the coming demographic crisis poses to Russia, how the future will be about social capitalism and why social and educational projects are so important.
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Ruben Vardanyan Changes The World One Country At A Time
Forbes, 11.10.2016
Brian Rashid
I got one hour with Mr. Vardayan, and wrote as much as I could. He quickly ran me through some of his most proud professional achievements. 
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Ruben Vardanyan: “Base yourself on the past and look to the future”
AGOS (, 19.10.2015

Projects about Armenian history and culture have a remarkable place in 14th Istanbul Biennale that is titled “Salt Water”. Dilijan Art Initiative, which is founded by Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonaben in order to support the cultural development of Dilijan city and Armenia, supports these important projects about the Armenians in Biennial.

One of the prominent figures of Armenian Diaspora, Russian investment banker Ruben Vardanyan is an important entrepreneur and philanthropist. IDeA Foundation (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) that he founded with his wife Veronika Zonabend has the purpose of creating a bright future and a comfortable life style in Armenia with long-term projects. The international school established in Dilijan which has students from 64 countries and “Tatel Revival” which has the purpose of facilitating the cultural and economic development in and around Tatev are the most important projects that were realized by this foundation.