Within the framework of the International Summit of La Francophonie, the official delegation of the French town of Valence headed by its mayor Nicolas Daragon and a group of 40 tourists visited YSU Ijevan branch on October 7, 2018.
The delegation included Valence Mayor N.Daragon, Deputy Mayor Frank Domas, Chairman of Valence Branch of ”Armenian General Benevolent Union” Kevin Markaryan, President of ”Valence Twinning Committee” F.Rishben, Mayor Advisers, M.Maren, G.Rastklan, N.Ilozer, Assistant Director of “Maestris” University, E.Tan and other representatives.
The meeting was attended by members of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the former lecturers of the branch G. Danset-Hamzyan, Silvi Kochyan-Basmajyan, Silvian Geranyan, who promote pro-Armenian activities in Valence and hosted our students and lecturers during their previous visits.
Acting Director of YSU Ijevan branch, A. Cuculyan welcomed the official delegations of the town of Valence.
He expressed gratitude for visiting the University, promoting pro-Armenian activities in France, and supporting student exchange programs. Mr. Cuculyan put emphasis on French-Armenian friendship, noting that France became a settlement after the Armenian Genocide for many Armenians who have used their power for France prosperity. He also put forward that the student exchange program greatly contributed to the spread of La Francophonie.
Valence Mayor N.Daragon, thanking for the warm reception, noted that French Armenians rapidly integrate and make achievements in their work.
The mayor emphasized that France would support the student exchange program.
He expressed his readiness to cooperate with YSU Ijevan branch in terms of “Applied Art” and “Tourism” specializations. Mr. Daragon added that during this academic year, a group of 10 people would be invited to improve their French language at “Maestris” University.
After the exchange of views, the members of the delegation met with YSU IB foreign language learning students.
During the meeting Valence Mayor spoke about future plans and answered the questions of the students and lecturers.
The guests left with warm impressions and intentions to continue bilateral cooperation.