Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Armenia 

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living anywhere outside of the UK. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, industries and countries. The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raise the international profile of UK alumni and their former universities.

The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have either studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university through a local institution overseas, within the last 15 years. 

There are four award categories:

  • Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their career.
  • Science and Sustainability Award recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond. Areas of work could include: Climate action, clean energy, medicine, sustainable cities and communities, engineering, industry and construction. 
  • Culture and Creativity Award recognising alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture. We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate their artistic ingenuity, influence and creativity. Areas of work could include:  Arts, design, media, video, TV, music, bloggers, vloggers, Youtubers and the humanities. 
  • Social Action Award recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. Areas of work could include: Reducing inequality, poverty and hunger. Education and upskilling.  Peace and justice.

Timeline

1 September 2021

Applications open

31 October 2021

Applications close
November 2021  Announcement of finalists 
3 December 2021 Armenia national-level winners announced
April - August 2022

Global finalist announcement & digital celebration

September 2022

Global Alumni Awards winners announced 

Meet this year's shortlisted finalists 

Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, these candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.

Professional Achievement Award Category

Lousineh Hakobyan, Queen Mary University of London

Lousineh is the President of the NGO Europe in Law Association. Lousineh’s work in the area of domestic election observation was instrumental for the uninhibited exercise of the right to free and fair elections by Armenian citizens. Lousineh is currently participating in the process of reform of the judiciary, including the reform of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

Mane Adamyan, University of Cambridge 

Mane is Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and former Deputy Minister of Economy of Armenia, currently in charge of supervision of the entire development assistance of the country. As chief negotiator, Mane has led the process of raising over 250mln Euro in grant assistance for sustainable and inclusive development.

Arevshat Meliksetyan, University of Cambridge

Arevshat is the acting CEO of INGO ARMENIA ICJSC, Arevshat actively participates in the development works of the market: that is educating the public to fully grasp and appreciate the role of insurance in their lives.

Science and Sustainability Award Category

Armen Asryan, Kingston University London 

Armen is one of the leading climate and environmental security experts in Armenia. He works with international development agencies both in Armenia and regionally towards improving local communities’ resilience and striving for sustainable use of natural environment.

Irina Mkrtchyan, University of Sheffield 

Irina has started environmental reforms with her team aimed at promoting proper solid waste management across Armenia. Irina’s efforts have led to creation of waste sorting culture in Armenia, dozens of green jobs and mechanisms to promote green innovation.

Astghik Berezovskaya,  CITY College, University of Sheffield

Astghik has initiated a family agricultural project, with primary values being human health, promotion of sustainable practices in agriculture and socio-economic development of Armenian regions.

Culture and Creativity Award Category

Seda Grigoryan, University of West London 

Seda is the Head of the Creative Europe Desk Armenia, as well as the representative of Armenia to major independent cultural heritage organizations. Seda is currently focusing more on the reforms in the cultural sector that will allow the artists and creatives have more resources and rights to achieve their goals, more opportunities to reach international platforms.

Vardan Haroyan, University of Nottingham 

Vardan is the Chief Operating Officer at Finca Armenia, a financial institution in Armenia and the founder/CEO of Bezzoar - a brand that revitalizes the almost forgotten elements and ornaments of traditional garments, cross-stones art, and other masterpieces of human creative genius, most of them in the list of the UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Artak Hambardzumyan, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Artak is the Executive Producer of RFE/RL’s Armenian service. He supervises the whole video production of “Azatutyun TV” which is one of the leading online and cable TVs and affects the social and political decisions that hundreds of thousand Armenians make every day.

Social Action Award Category

Arman Udumyan, London School of Economics and Political Science

Arman is currently an International Consultant within the WB-administered project. Both within this and other projects Arman advises the respective public institutions, donors and NGOs on youth policies and graduation programs for vulnerable people.

Oksana Musaelyan, Goldsmiths University of London 

Oksana is a founder of Refugee Voice Advocacy and Rights Protection NGO aiming to give a voice to the voiceless refugees. Oksana advocated to the authorities to raise the hidden issues of refugees and contributed to the recognition of the issue by the Government and resulted in policy reform, which has already solved several hundred refugee families pivotal housing issue.

Mher Davtyan, University College London 

Mher is the director of NorArar Education NGO and consults UNICEF Armenia on Equity and Fairness Analysis of Classroom Assessment to identify improvement recommendations for governmental reforms in education.

The winners of the Alumni Awards in Armenia were announced on 3 December 2021 and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success. Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and to enhance their careers, through a professional networking visit to the UK (subject to global Covid-19 situation). 

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