On July 11, within the framework of Ayb Educational Foundation’s “Formula for Success” project, Ayb School hosted EU Ambassador Piotr Switalski.
Ambassador Switalski toured Ayb School, getting acquainted with the opportunities established for getting proper education, with the scholarship system, and Araratian Baccalaureate program applied at the school. The Ambassador also inquired what steps were being taken to introduce the educational program in other general education schools in Armenia.
At the meeting on the topic “The formula for success in diplomacy – luck or human factor?” Mr. Ambassador spoke about diplomacy, namely about his experience in diplomacy of more than 30 years, the obstacles and success faced in the course of those years.
“I have a problem with the title of this meeting since I do not know what a formula for success means. In my opinion, this has been invented by the society because it is assumed that successful individuals shape a successful society. But I always class myself among the unsuccessful people”, - modestly said the Ambassador.
The Ambassador also joked: “When a diplomat says “yes” he means “probably”, when he says “probably” he means “no”, and if he says “no”, then he is not a diplomat”.
After the orator’s speech, the audience got the opportunity to ask questions. Answering the questions, the Ambassador presented his vision of Armenia’s development, spoke of the visa regime liberalization with the EU, the possibility of making Armenia a regional Singapore, and many other issues.
Discussion within the framework of the “Formula for Success” project was lively and informative, the conversation was sincere and inspiring.
“My formula for success is to talk heartily to touch people’s hearts,” - the Ambassador said frankly at the end of the meeting.
EU Ambassador Piotr Switalski’s first visit to Ayb School has outlined numerous opportunities for future collaboration.