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Happy Birthday, CRRC-Armenia!
By Valeria Sargsyan
On December 11th, 2013, the
Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) - Armenia celebrated its 10-year
anniversary at the Yerevan State University assembly hall with a meeting
followed by a reception.
CRRC-Armenia was honored with
presence of many representatives of non-governmental organizations and
government agencies, academic community, international organizations, partners
and fellows. The event was also attended
by special guests: Ms. Deana Arsenian -
Vice-President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, HE US Ambassador John
Heffern, Minister - Chief of Staff of the RA Government Vache Gabrielyan, Dr.
Aram Simonyan - Rector of Yerevan State University, Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan -
Eurasia Partnership Foundation CEO.
The meeting hall was filled to
capacity and created a positive atmosphere for celebrating this important yet
obliging landmark. A video reflecting on milestones that dot the CRRC-Armenia’s
decade-long history made it possible for guests to explore it. The two-hour
celebration included various speakers taking the podium. The guests expressed congratulatory
messages, words of gratitude directed towards CRRC-Armenia and acknowledgement
of its past and present activities and accomplishments. Vache Gabrielyan,
joining the voices, read out the congratulatory message from the RA Prime
Minister and awarded Heghine Manasyan RA Prime Minister’s commemorative medal.
Ambassador Heffern also welcomed the guests and admitted that “…it
is hard to imagine a better and more productive collaboration than this one
between YSU and CRRC-Armenia.” He also noted that nowadays, when politics
relies on facts and conclusions, CRRC provides deep, valid and reliable data
that is used by many public and private agencies.
Eventually, CRRC-Armenia CEO Dr. Heghine Manasyan introduced key
landmarks and achievements of CRRC-Armenia over the last 10 years. "We,
the CRRC-Armenia staff, are very proud to hear today all those words of
acknowledgement and appreciation," she admitted. “There is no better time
to get started again than with the coming of a significant anniversary. As we
look back on our achievements over the past 10 years, including our recent establishment
as an independent foundation, we recognize that these achievements have been
made possible through outstanding acts of caring
and a commitment from our donors, partners, users, and friends. I earnestly
hope that our efforts and accomplishments have prepared us towards future goals
and objectives for a bright and prosperous future. At the same time, more than
just marking the passage of years, this important date should connect our high-water
marks with past and present CRRC-Armenia staff members, since it is really
people and relationships that matter most and keep us moving forward”, said Dr.
Certainly, while celebrating the anniversary, CRRC-Armenia was
celebrating devotion to social science research, loyalty to the partners and
friends, value of high-quality research resources, and appreciation to the
donors for its achievements. It was both a celebration, with socializing and recalling,
and an inspirational dispute over the present and future of CRRC-Armenia. The
interactive communication illustrated what goes
on now and will be going on in the future at CRRC-Armenia: groundbreaking
research, valid data collection, reliable resource provision, and high-professional
training, all in one as always aimed at strengthening
social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus,
particularly in Armenia.