Yerevan /Mediamax/. UWC Dilijan marked its 7th birthday on the day of the 30th Anniversary of Armenian Independence. It coincided with the UN International Day of Peace and UWC Day - an annual global celebration of the UWC mission and values, which takes place on 21 September every year.
The school’s Community Celebration “Reimagine Tomorrow" went with the participation of the UWC Dilijan Founders Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend.
“After the school was built, one of the most emotional moments for me was when I first saw here, at UWC Dilijan, the first cohort of students from all over the world - 94 kids who had the courage to dream. When we walk around Dilijan today we can see the impact done over the last years. I believe that our students will become ambassadors of our vision and ambassadors of Armenia: they have passion, patience and resilience to fulfill it, they have big hearts and sympathy for other people,” said Veronika Zonabend, Co-Founder of UWC Dilijan and Chair of the Board.
In the academic year 2021/22 UWC Dilijan has welcomed 220 students from more than 80 countries; the college’s teaching staff consists of 36 teachers from 15 countries. The total number of staff members this year is 78 with 44 from Armenia. Many students continue availing of the opportunity to study at UWC Dilijan thanks to the generous support of private donors, corporate entities and organisations: 20% of students are on a full scholarship, 60% of students - on a partial scholarship.
The academic performance of the Class of 2021, whose education was most disrupted by both the global pandemic and the war in Armenia, was the strongest in the college’s history. The pass rate is 99.1%, almost a quarter of students have 40+ points, and the number of bilingual diplomas has grown considerably.
UWC Dilijan now has six generations of alumni - 620 graduates from 105 countries. They continue to give back to the UWCD community with time, talent and treasure; 20% of alumni volunteer, for example, at the summer camp Just Dilijan It, with projects of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and as part of the school activities.