AGBU-HAIK Frankfurt, Germany Office Opens; September Gala Planned

HaikOffice02 (Small) On September 12, 2008, German Armenians and their supporters from across
Europe will attend an AGBU-HAIK Gala concert and dinner at the Hanau
Schloss Philippsruhe castle near Frankfurt, Germany. Organizers expect
200 people to attend the launch event that will formally mark the
expansion of the world’s largest Armenian non-profit organization into
the most populous country in the European Union and the continuing
partnership of AGBU and HAIK.
For the last two years, AGBU and HAIK have been fostering a mutually
beneficial relationship that began in April 2006 during the first AGBU
Project Exchange & Development Seminar (PEDS) in Brussels, Belgium.
Since then, HAIK, which represents a network of students, scholars, and
young professionals across Germany with representatives at 17
universities, has participated in a number of AGBU conventions and
meetings, including the European Convention in Brussels earlier this
year.
The AGBU-HAIK Frankfurt, Germany office officially opened its doors on
April 1, 2008 with two part-time employees. Located in the heart of
Germany, the AGBU-HAIK office represents the first major German
initiative for AGBU in the last 20 years. On April 12, HAIK board
members, under the guidance of the organization’s co-presidents Karen
Navoyan and Pailak Mzikian, held their first meeting at the office.
Continuing to Grow in Germany
While the establishment of an office in Frankfurt represented AGBU’s
first expansion into Germany, AGBU launched its second initiative with
the establishment of its first Young Professional group in the city of
Cologne. The inaugural YP Cologne event on May 31 was attended by over
200 individuals, including special guest AGBU Europe President Alexis
Govciyan.
Govciyan explains the goal of AGBU’s German partnership: “AGBU extends
its successful activities to Germany, where the presence of global
Armenian organizations seems necessary in a country with a growing
Armenian community and the central role of Germany on the political and
social level in the European Union.”
HAIK Co-President Karen Navoyan is also excited by the new
organizational energy in Germany: “We see the opening of the AGBU-HAIK
Office in Frankfurt, in the heart of Germany, as a historical event
bringing new perspectives to the life of the Armenian community in
Germany, as well as to German-Armenian friendship.”
Established in 2003 in Mannheim, Germany, the German-Armenian Students
Association, known as HAIK, is a network of German students, scholars,
and young professionals of Armenian descent. The goals of HAIK are to
strengthen and unify the country’s Armenian community; promote bilateral
communication between Germans and Armenians; and preserve the Armenian
identity for future generations. The organization is geared to the needs
of college- and young professional-aged individuals of Armenian descent
and is administered exclusively by people from those target groups.

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