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Announcement: The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLAVice Provost Cindy Fan, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Dr. Eric Esrailian attend The Promise Armenian Institute Event at UCLA's Royce Hall on November 19, 2019. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA.)

Announcement: The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA

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Major gift establishes The Promise Armenian Institute in the UCLA International Institute.

November 20, 2019 — The UCLA International Institute is pleased to announce the news of a groundbreaking new entity within the UCLA International Institute – The Promise Armenian Institute.

Made possible with a $20 million gift from the estate of Kirk Kerkorian, the largest gift that the International Institute has received, The Promise Armenian Institute positions UCLA to significantly build upon its more than 50 years of history of Armenian Studies.

This new institute will be the hub for world-class research and teaching on Armenian Studies, and for coordinating new and ongoing research and public impact programs across UCLA, from social sciences to health sciences, from humanities to music, the arts to engineering, and from public policy to management. The Promise Armenian Institute’s size, scope and interdisciplinary approach make it the first of its kind in the world. 

Read more about the news here.

The International Institute is thrilled to welcome this new unit and to celebrate the wonderful news it represents for the future of Armenian Studies at UCLA as well as UCLA’s outreach to Armenia, Armenian institutions and Armenian communities in Los Angeles and around the world.