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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 20, ARMENPRESS: The US Department of State has joined the US Department of Education in celebrating International Education Week as an opportunity to reiterate the benefits of International education and exchange worldwide.

The purpose of this initiative is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

As part of the International Education Week, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy to Armenia is organizing a number of activities. They are as follows:

1. International Education Week was opened today with Ambassador Ordway’s visit to Yerevan State University. The Ambassador gave a presentation on the topic of International Education and Exchange Secure the Future. The audience consisted of students from various educational establishments, teachers and professors.

2. Brusov Linguistic University will host a roundtable discussion on November 21 with US Embassy representatives, Fulbright Scholars and students to talk about the role of international education in increasing understanding among nations. Vivian Walker, Deputy Chief of US Mission, and Kimberly G. Hargan, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer, will participate in the discussions, which will be conducted in English.

3. The Information Resource Center of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy to Armenia organized today an open house for English teachers. The IRC Director gave an oral presentation on the IRC and its resources followed by an online presentation of educational resources and an opportunity for participants to surf the Internet for new educational sites.

4. The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy is organizing for the first time ever a Nationwide Essay Competition in Armenia. The topic is International Educational Exchanges and is open to students of colleges and universities.

The competition will take place on November 22 at designated halls all over Armenia. Students will be given a specific topic and will have two full hours to write their essay in English. Peace Corps Volunteers will assist PAS staff in organizing and monitoring the competition on site.

A selection committee will then rate all the essays and pick winners, who will be recognized and honored at an Awards Ceremony in early December.

The competition will take place in the following cities: Yerevan, Yeghegnadzor (Vayots Dzor Marz), Gyumri (Shirak Marz), Ijevan (Tavush Marz), Sisian and Kapan (Syunik Marz), Hrazdan (Kotayk Marz), Vanadzor (Lori Marz), Gavar and Nor Hajen (Gegharkunik Marz).

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