Global-Local Office

Welcome to GLO!

At the Global-Local Office (GLO), we support faculty, staff and students at AUA through identifying, encouraging, facilitating, and supporting collaborations that are driven by complex challenges in need of transformative solutions and combined research, outreach, and teaching across disciplines. Such collaborations require the input of diverse disciplinary knowledge, as well as the skills and resources to organize intersections for  mutual reliance, integration and transformation, enabling capacity building in Armenia. 

GLO also hosts National Initiatives, where we act as a focal point for academic engagement in solving complex challenges identified by the government and public/private partnerships. Faculty, leaders and students from all academic institutions in Armenia are invited to partake in the process Armenian Technology Future, and to apply to the calls in the MSRF and PDRF programmes. 

Complex challenges can only be solved when participating actors have reached mutual understanding and trust before tackling  high-impact solutions. The Global-Local Office has a responsibility to offer and develop tools for effective initiation, collaboration, management and assessment of transdisciplinary grants. The tools are developed and refined together with faculty, staff, and students in order to enhance transdisciplinary outcomes in all arenas, from leadership to knowledge building to societal impact. Starting July 1 2020, AUA has a new long-term strategic process with yearly prioritized actions, guided by our mission and vision and supported by GLO fostering creativity, leadership, integrity and community service. GLO supports AUA with Collaboration Tools and Transferable Skills.  

The Global-Local Office also provides knowledge about relevant Grants Open for AUA Participation and leadership. The office compiles information about funding agencies and foundations around the world where AUA is eligible to apply. When required by the funding actor, GLO will take care of a number of institutional-level functions supporting the application and operational processes, as well as assessment requirements. 

GLO also provides templates of Strategic Collaboration Agreements and MoUs for collaboration with new collaborators in universities, industries, agencies and other organizations. GLO’s networks to expert functions within AUA  can assist you in developing institutional agreements and complementing them with specific projects and processes.

GLO focuses on enhancing your ability to solve complex challenges and on developing both generic and transferable skills, where knowledge from multiple perspectives is needed. Transdisciplinary platforms, like Open Centers of Excellence, Reality Labs, and Strategic Collaborations with universities, industries, and the public and private sectors provide the dynamics and transformation needed to solve complex challenges. These collaborative platforms are all open to new opportunities within their prioritized missions. Important developments and actions are also  visible on this website.  If you are interested in participating, please contact any of the platforms of your interest   or us at Global-Local Office. We will  guide you to get a conversation about how to take the next step on your ideas and interests.

The Global-Local Office supports and develops all institutional-level functions that are on this Collaboration webpage. We connect to all units of AUA as well as to our collaborators. We work with the internal and external networks of AUA to enhance opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students, and for the national roles that AUA is hosting. Don’t hesitate to contact us at the Global-Local Office with any questions.

Our team

The Global-Local Office (GLO) is located as a central node networked with administrative support experts throughout AUA campus and Open education in the marzes. The aim of the GLO is to support and facilitate AUA’s efforts to collaborate within AUA, with the stakeholders throughout Armenia, and with collaborators in the global world. GLO has a dedicated team to support faculty, students and staff in finding collaborative opportunities, providing tools for successful implementation, and suggesting working procedures for impactful results and assessment.


Ms. Gayane Makaryan

Global-Local Office Manager

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +374 060 612531


Ms. Mariam Galstyan

Coordinator of the Global-Local Office

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +374 060 612530


Our Networks

GLO is connecting a network of administrative support experts throughout AUA, comprising all diverse aspects important for tangilble collaborative education, research and outreach. Collaborative efforts come in so many different forms and the need for expert support and advise will also vary for all different occasions. AUA is a small university with a broad disciplinary knowledge base, and with a vision to have a transformative impact on people’s life in Armenia. “Through its world-class academic programs, research environments, student services, and community outreach, the American University of Armenia will have a transformative impact on people’s social, economic, political and intellectual capacities to prosper in local communities and to meet the challenges of a globalized world. Our faculty and staff will inspire students to advance knowledge and become responsible citizens and leaders in transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship.”   GLO will provide incentives for enhancing successful collaborations and help interested people or partners to find the right support or collaborators for their needs and interest. Please contact GLO for any question concerning collaboration at: [email protected] You can also contact the following contact persons for specific question: Industry Liaisons, for generating and realizing interdisciplinary joint projects between industry, government and academia.

Karen Sarkavagyan Lecturer, Industry Liaison
Room: PAB Room 223W
Phone: 060 61 2601
Email: [email protected]
Department: Manoogian Simone College of Business & Economics (CBE)
Artur Khalatyan Lecturer, IESM Program Chair, Industry Liaison
Room: PAB Room 319W
Phone: 060 61 2645
Email: [email protected]
Department: Zaven & Sonia Akian College of Science & Engineering (CSE)

Contact persons: Mr. Alen Amirkhanyan ([email protected]), Acopian Center for the Environment Dr. Satenik Mnatsakanyan ([email protected]), Open Center for Artificial Intelligence Solutions (link to Center) Dr. Vache Gabrielyan ([email protected]), Open Center for Innovation Advancement (link to Center) Dr. Brian Ellison ([email protected]), Open Center for Leadership and Governance (link to Center) Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan ([email protected]) Open Center for Transformative Health Solutions (link to Center) Dr. Brian Ellison ([email protected]), Open Center for Systems Thinking (link to Center)