BEIRUT–A five-day pan-Armenian student conference commenced on September 20 in Beirut–Lebanon–in celebration of the ARF Zavarian Student Association’s (ZSA) 100th anniversary.
Representatives of various youth and student organizations from Armenia–Mountainous Karabagh Republic–Javakhk–Russia–Iran–Iraq–France–Canada–Germany–Greece–the US–Syria–and Lebanon are taking part in the before mentioned conference gathered for the opening ceremony on September 20 at the Aghpalian Sports and Cultural Center.
In his address–ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian said that students must view the homeland and diaspora as one entity–the combined strength of which can be coordinated and utilized to the benefit of its people.
A congratulatory letter from the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) was read–and the ceremony ended with a documentary on ZSA founder Simon Zavarian.
The conference–"Armenian Students Facing Challenges of The 21st Century," will run through September 25–allowing students the opportunity to strengthen mutual relations and exchange ideas and experiences in facing challenges of the 21st century. Participants will also examine their roles in the context of realities Armenia’s throughout the world face.
The conference will address the following topics: The Armenian cause in light of the presence of the Armenian Republic; the integration of the Armenian Republic in the European Union: advantages and disadvantages; Globalization and the problems facing the Armenian Republic; the meaning of mutual relations between Armenia and the diaspora and respective roles (diaspora in promoting the development of the Armenian Republic and Armenia’s role in maintaining the liveliness of diaspora); students and the Armenian national heritage preservation (emigration–assimilation); the current situation and mission of Armenian students living in Armenia or in the diaspora.