Agribusiness Teaching Center: Nurturing Ambitions, Fostering Family, and Defining Futures

In the heart of Armenia, the Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) has emerged as a beacon of educational excellence through a unique partnership between the International Center for Agribusiness research and Education (ICARE), Texas A&M University, and the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU).
The Center, founded in 2000, serves as an educational bridge, providing agribusiness education to cultivate sustainable entrepreneurship in Armenia and the surrounding region.

Erik and Nazeli Share Their Journey and Perspectives.

Erik, a student at ATC, sheds light on the motivations that led him to choose the Undergraduate Agribusiness Program (UAB). Growing up surrounded by discussions about ATC, he shares, “my parents had already started preparing me to attend ATC from a young age.” The familial influence and the promise of a modern, Western-structured curriculum in English were key factors in his decision.

Erik’s aspirations align with his passion for Microeconomics and Management, envisioning a future where he combines these skills in the role of a CEO. The UAB program not only imparts academic knowledge but also instills qualities such as leadership, teamwork, and communication, preparing graduates for diverse roles in agribusiness, economics, marketing, finance, and management.

Describing her day-to-day life at ATC, Nazeli paints a vibrant picture of unity and collaboration within the small class of nine students. “It’s like a big family to us,” she remarks. This family culture extends beyond the classroom, as students gather to share meals and strengthen their bonds. Nazeli emphasizes that the student life at ATC is unparalleled, creating a unique sense of camaraderie not found in other Armenian universities.

The success of ATC lies in its commitment to student-centered instruction, strong ties with industry, and a modern curriculum. The two-year UAB program, based on the curriculum of Texas A&M University, prepares graduates with a diverse skill set, making them competitive in the evolving agribusiness sector. Students participate in internships and field visits, gaining real-world experience that complements their classroom learning.

Connected with Nazeli’s perspective, ATC is celebrated for its student-friendly and student-oriented atmosphere. As Nazeli notes, “The freedom that they give to the students, the freedom of choice, the freedom of speech—that is the type of environment that I want to be in when I study.” This freedom fosters an environment where students can explore, express, and thrive.

In the realm of agribusiness education, ATC stands as a testament to effective collaboration, innovative curriculum, and a nurturing environment. As students like Erik and Nazeli find their academic home at ATC, the center continues to define futures, foster family-like bonds, and empower a new generation of agribusiness leaders.