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.
- 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.
Interviews and other materials
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.
With his various initiatives in Armenia, ambitious and requiring large investments, it seems that the entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of IDeA Foundation Ruben Vardanyan is trying to return to local Armenians the charm and advantages of living with wide prospects and long-term plans.
IDeA Foundation's various projects – UWC Dilijan College, the Tatev Revival program, which began with the construction of the Wings of Tatev cableway, and the large-scale 100 LIVES project, which also includes a multilingual multimedia website and other small and large projects – began from a dream, Vardanyan says.
The former CEO of Troika Dialog, founder of Skolkovo Business School and partner of investment company Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners speaks about new projects, the logic of current events and prospects.
Ruben Vardanyan scheduled the interview for eight in the morning. He says that he usually works from eight in the morning until eleven at night. Apparently, following the sale of Troika Dialog (in October 2011) and departure from the business of Sberbank CIB (in August 2013), Vardanyan’s work has scarcely slowed down.
An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ruben Vardanyan dislikes speaking about politics and the economy, which is today inseparably tied to politics. This is not only because he is generally very cautious in his statements: he is truly much more interested by what he directly engages in and is able to impact himself.
For a man once called the poster boy of Russian capitalism, Ruben Vardanyan is remarkably relaxed about the crisis erupting around him. Sitting in his office in one of Moscow’s premier office complexes, which he also owns, surrounded by deal trophies and other symbols of his success, Mr Vardanian’s response to the rouble’s collapse and the slide towards recession is typically Russian: it has been worse.
“It’s all relative,” he says, before counting off a list of Russian economic crises of the past quarter century since the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Looking back for 25 years being in this country I can tell you, there are always challenges.”
Along with husband Ruben Vardanyan, Veronika Zonabend is the founder of Dilijan Art Initiative, which is a new project for the IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation, also set up by Vardanyan and Zonabend.