The idea of creating the college was conceived by social entrepreneurs Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend back in 2006. Having personally invested USD 150 million in the construction of the campus of the highest international standards, most advanced environmentally friendly and renewable technologies, they were joined by nearly 300 donors from across the world, when UWC Dilijan opened in 2014 becoming the 14th UWC college.
Located in Dilijan, Armenia, on the ancient silk route and at a crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Russia, UWC Dilijan symbolises the idea of internationalism and friendship. The school aims to work, through education, towards fostering peace and sustainable social, economic and environmental development in the region and the world as a whole.
UWC Dilijan is an independent not-for-profit international boarding school belonging to a charitable trust registered in Armenia solely for educational purposes and overseen by an all-volunteer board.
Three Unique Features
- Educational Hub - One of the foremost objectives of the College is to continue contributing to the development of the region as an educational cluster, which, in turn, fosters education throughout Armenia.
- Conflict Resolution - Due to its geopolitical location, studying at UWC Dilijan is a unique opportunity for those interested in gaining experience in conflict resolution and peace initiatives.
- Glocal Approach - We believe in "glocal", that is, our aim is to be globally relevant but anchored into the local reality. We create an environment of understanding other cultures and celebrating diversity.