SOAR-Budapest joined the SOAR family in May 2014. Hungarian-Armenian relations go back more than 800 years. A charter from the 13th century testifies the existence of the Armenian Village Terra Armenium. Those who arrived later settled down in Transylvania, most of them endeavoring in manufacture and commerce. After the 1915 Genocide, many Armenian refugees fled to Hungary. In April 1920, the Association of Hungarian Armenians was founded under the name of Maszisz (Ararat) and the first Armenian-language journal Nor Tar (New Century) was published. In 1924, the Armenian Catholic Church of Hungary was established and the Hungarian-Armenian Trading Company was created, aimed at boosting commercial relations.
In 1987, the Hungarian-Armenian circle of friends, Arménia, was created. By 1992 the circle transformed itself into the Arménia Cultural Association of the People, an organization aimed at preserving Armenian educational, religious and cultural identity. In 1997 the Transylvanian Armenian Roots Cultural Association was created to hold together the Transylvanian Armenian community, to preserve their identity, and cultural and religious traditions. The members of the association declare themselves to be Hungarian-Armenians with their mother tongue being Hungarian, but being proud of having Armenian roots.
The Armenians do not have their own educational network. The Armenian language education is realized in the framework of Sunday schools in Budapest, Debrecen, Szeged, Gyor and Szekesfehervar. The Eötvös Lóránd University offers ongoing Armenian language and culture training. Approximately 90% of the Armenians living in Hungary belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Armenian Catholic Church functions as only Armenian Catholic ministry. Approximately, two thirds of Hungary’s Armenians population is found in Budapest and the surrounding Pest County. There are approximately 5,000 Armenians in Hungary today.
The Budapest Chapter conducts Russian tutoring through the SOAR Language Tutoring Program.
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Vardan earned his MSc in Automation and Control of Technical Systems, Department of Technical Cybernetics and a Diploma in Foreign Economic Relations, Department of Foreign Economic Relations from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEAU). He continued on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with focus on Corporate Finance from the American University of Armenia. Vardan has also earned numerous certificates and diplomas in the areas of human resources, project management, and EU Public Procurement and Fundamentals of Incoterms. He has held many positions in the banking and investment industry working as a consultant, auditor, trainer (accounting and corporate finance) and project manager. He has worked in International audit (KPMG London and Armenia), asset management and financial consulting in Hong Kong (Walton International), Beijing, and China (Griffin Asia Ltd.). Vardan is fluent in English, Armenian, Russian, and Chinese.
Hasmik earned her Bachelor's Degree in Management from the French University in Armenia in 2013. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in International Economy and Business at the Andrassy Gyula German Speaking University in Budapest. Hasmik has worked as an Intern at the Hopital Privé Nord Parisien in Sarcelles, France and has been a member of both the SPFA (Solidarité Protestante France-Arménie) and the DAV (Deutscheakademische Armenische Verrein) since 2011.
Hasmik speaks Armenian, English, German, French, and Russian.
Anush Rozsas has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University Essex, UK and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the Yerevan State University, Armenia. She works as the Regional Human Resources Manager with Relief International, an international humanitarian non-profit agency. Prior to Relief International, Anush has worked with different local and international NGOs in Armenia in many different fields: human rights protection, provision of health and social services to the elderly and refugees, HIV/AIDS harm reduction, education for children with learning difficulties, civil society and housing rights and gender equality.
Anush has always been interested in child protection issues and visited several Armenian orphanages and special schools while working as a Social Worker in projects aimed at providing education to children with learning difficulties. Being a part of SOAR would enable her to contribute to the mission of helping orphaned Armenian children and adults. Anush lives in Budapest, Hungary with her husband, Balazs, and their son, Daniel.
Arpine was born in Armenia and moved to Hungary in 1996. She earned two Master’s Degrees, one in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest and another one in International Management from CEMS, The Global Alliance of Management Education. Arpine has a cross-cultural experience as she has worked and studied in Italy, Portugal and lately she gained professional experience in Armenia at Yerevan Brandy Company, where the legendary ArArAt brandies are produced.
Arpine believes that true understanding of our roots enables us to become real global citizens, especially when you live far from your motherland. Because of this, Arpine has been involved in several local community building non-profit organizations, recently volunteering in Armenia through Birthright Armenia (also known as Depi Hayk), that has opened up completely new perspectives. Armenia had changed a lot during the past decades and more help is needed from Diasporas all around the world, especially when it comes to creating a secure happy future of Armenian kids.