Kiureghian meets with the leadership of the Armenian General Benevolent Union in Lebanon on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Armenian General Benevolent Union)
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Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian might not have returned to his ancestral home of Armenia had it not been for the 1988 earthquake that devastated the north of the country.Since opening in 1991, the university has grown to over 2,000 students. Now, one of the university's main goals is to diversify its student body and increase the number of international students, Kiureghian told The Daily Star on a recent trip to Beirut to reach out to Lebanese youth and promote the university. In the late 20th century, many of Armenia's neighbors, including Lebanon, provided shelter to refugees of the Armenian genocide, something the university has not forgotten: one of its scholarships, the Aurora Gratitude scholarship, is awarded annually to a number of students from those countries.
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