Friday, February 9, 2018

Tavitian Scholars Arrive for Six-Month-Long Program at Fletcher

The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

Image from article, with caption: Tavitian Scholars meet with Dean James Stavridis, Joyce Barsam (Fletcher Board of Advisors / Tavitian Foundation Trustee) and Bob Loynd, Director of Executive Education at Fletcher.

The Fletcher School’s Tavitian Scholars Program ( at Tufts University is back for its 19th year. Fifteen scholars arrived on campus in January to take part in the six-month-long program, which offers training in public policy and administration for mid-career Armenian government officials.

Conducted in collaboration with the Tavitian Foundation, the program is divided into two terms, each consisting of two five-week periods, during which students take a series of 11 courses and engage in extracurricular and travel opportunities.

The program has an impressive array of alumni who work in mid-to-senior level positions in the office of Armenia’s president, the parliament, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Economy, and other government institutions.

Fletcher’s Director of Executive Education Robert Loynd said he is excited to see the new scholars acclimate to the school. “We are thrilled to welcome this incredibly talented group of Armenian scholars and professionals,” he said. “The Fletcher School is privileged to further prepare these leaders to continue making a lasting and positive impact on Armenia’s domestic and foreign affairs.”

Below is more information about each. ...

Arega Hovsepyan

I hold a master’s degree in Oriental Studies from Yerevan State University. Currently I am a Leading Specialist in the Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh. I responsible for monitoring Turkish and Azerbaijani media, making translations and analyses of regional developments, logistical support to journalists, press accreditation, organizing official and other meetings of journalists in the framework of their visit, interpreting etc. I took certificated courses in the Diplomatic School of Armenia where I studied public diplomacy, negotiation and communications skills, political analysis and diplomatic correspondence, working with the media and financial reporting as well. I am lecturer in the Mesrop Mashtots University on the subjects of Ethno-political history of the South Caucasus region and History of the Republic of Turkey. ...

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