Vicken AvakianThe principal of Levon and Sophia Hagopian Armenian College is Mr. Vicken Avakian. He has been the principal of the college since 2005.

Mr. Vicken Avakian has completed his primary education at Aksor Kassarjian National School and his secondary education at Levon and Sophia Hagopian Armenian College. He is a graduate from the Historiography section of Hamazkayin's High Foundation of Armenology.

Before becoming the principal of the college, Mr. Vicken Avakian has had an educational-pedagogical fruitful career. He has taught in the following schools:
1986-1990, at Aksor Kassarjian School
1991-1998, at Levon and Sophia Hagopian Armenian College
1998-2000, at Hamazkayin's Melangton and Haig Arslanian Jemaran
1992-2005, at Yeghishe Manougian National College
1999 he has worked at Khatcher Kalousdian Pedagogical Center at The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia by teaching the subject "The Mode of Teaching Armenian History at the Elementary Level."

Since 2005, besides being a principal, Vicken Avakian has been a lecturer of Armenian History at Zarehian Seminary at the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.

The principal Vicken Avakian has delivered many speeches and lectures in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Armenia, Cyprus, and France.  It is worth mentioning some of his lectures:

    - “Making Use of Technological Means in Armenian Education” (the first educational conference of  Diaspora,  2004)
    - “The Native Chavakhk with its Worries” (“The Volunteered Organizations in the 21st Century”, the seminar of HOM, 2005).
    - “Discussion of Means in Teaching Armenian History” (the seminar of Hamazkayin’s Educational Council, 2005).
    - “The Challenges of the 21st Century and the Means for Overcoming them” (the first conference of Homenetmen’s Middle East administrations, 2006).
    - “Reorganization of Teaching Armenian History” (the second educational conference of Diaspora, 2008).
    - “The Youth Problems of the Lebanese Armenians” (a conference for discussing the problems of the Lebanese Armenian colony, 2009).
    - “A Political Appreciation from the Massacres of Cilicia till the Armenian Genocide” (a conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary for the massacres of Adana, 2009).
    - “A Presentation of the Historical and Present Situation of Armenian-Turkish Relations to the Students” (a seminar by the administration of the Armenian Case in Lebanon, 2010).
    - “Means to Capture the Attention of the Child, Adolescent, and the Adult” (the second conference for of Homenetmen’s Middle East administrations, 2010).
    - “Youth and Globalization” (the fourth conference of the center of negotiations between the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and the religions of Iran, 2010).

Besides being an educational figure, Vicken Avakian is also an editor. He has participated in the editorial section of "Aztag" newspaper, as an assistant editor (1990-1995) and as an editor in charge for the monthly newspapers and for the special issues of "Aztag" (2000-2005).

Since 1995, he has been the editor of Homenetmen's "Marzig" magazine.

The following works were published by Vicken Avakian's editorship: "Phonographic Revolutionary Song-Book"(1995), "AFED, the Hopeful Foothole for the Progress of the Life of the Lebanese-Armenians"(1997), "For the Armenians and Lebanon" ("Aztag" Publication, 2000), "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift, volumes 1 and 2 (2001), "Native Chavakhk" ("Aztag" Publication, 2002), "The Feelings of a Man Belonging to Homenetmen" by Samuel Megerditchian (2002), "The Book of the Tashnag Adolescent" volumes 1 and 2 (2003), "From the Refugee Camp to the Parliament…" volume 2 by Melkon Eblighatian (2005), "Testimony and Message" by Dr. Zakar Megerian (2006), "Editorials of 'Marzig' Magazine volume 2" (2007), "Armenian History" volume 2 by Hrant Bastermajian (2007), "Armenian History" By Yervant Pamboukian (2009) and Michael Varantiant's "History of Armenian Revolutionary Federation" (first and second volumes printed together, 2012). He has participated in editing the four volumes of Armen Marashlian's "Armenian History" school books.




A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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