UWC Dilijan

Location: Dilijan, Armenia
Student profile: 650 students from 13-19 years
Opening: 2014

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One of two new colleges set to open in 2014, UWC Dilijan is based halfway between Yerevan and Tbilisi, the capitals of Armenia and Georgia respectively, in a part of the world in which UWC has previously had no reach. The development of the school is thanks to philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend in partnership with supporting individuals and organisations.

Dilijan is an important town both culturally and historically, with a lush national park and pre-historic heritage. Armenia is a diverse country with a troubled past: the after-effects of the war with Azerbaijan still resonate, as do Stalin's Great Purge and the Armenian Genocide. UWC Dilijan will build upon the movement's legacy of engaging with post-conflict zones to create dialogue and a peaceful future. 

Ms Zonabend believes that UWC Dilijan will be a powerful tool to bring the UWC mission of building a peaceful and sustainable future to the country: 

“A UWC education may encourage Russian and Armenian students to look afresh and with critical distance at their countries' history, which would be an important step towards establishing an open-minded discussion about the Soviet Union.” 

The campus and facilities
The campus has been built with sustainable materials and is situated on an 88-hectare site, on the verge of Dilijan National Park. The state of the art school buildings have been designed to have a low environmental impact on their surroundings. Renewable energy is utilised where possible, including the recycling of grey water and geothermal heating. The campus encompasses a main academic and administrative building, multi-functional centre with a theatre and recreational spaces, catering facilities, sports complex and outdoor sports facilities, medical centre, mixed boarding houses, outdoor learning pods and an international standard performing arts centre (due for completion in 2019).

Beyond the classroom
Armenia retains its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage which draw visitors from all over the world to its national parks. Students at the college can enjoy challenging outdoor activities such as mountain hikes, rock climbing and, water activities at the nearby lake and, in the winter, ski at in a nearby resort. They will play a significant role in developing community life in Dilijan and have the chance to familiarise themselves with local area and implement their own ideas for long-term sustainability and development projects.



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  • Deadline to apply is by 5Pm (1700 Hrs.) on Wednesday 15th February 2017