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Haigazian University (Lebanon)

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Հայկազեան Համալսարան, جامعة هايكازيان, Haigazian University

[Haigazian University] image by Ivan Sache, 4 April 2021

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An Armenian university in Beirut. They seem to have three flags; two white ones with slightly different seals (the ring is either gold or blue), and a dark blue flag with the school's 50th anniversary seal. See institutional website.
Eugene Ipavec, 04 Jul 2007

The Arabic inscription is "Jama'at Haigazian," which, of course, means the same.
Dov Gutterman, 05 Jul 2007

Haigazian University (HU) is named in honor of Dr. Armenag Haigazian, former headmaster of the Jenanian Apostolic Institute of Konya, Turkey. Dr. Haigazian was a highly respected educator who received his Ph.D. from Yale University and returned to Turkey to serve his Armenian compatriots. When the “ethnic cleansing” of the Armenians began, Dr. Haigazian had the opportunity to escape to the United States, but he chose to stay and continue his ministry. Later, he, along with many Armenian intellectuals, was rounded up to be driven to the Syrian desert. Dr. Haigazian died on the way in the prison of Kharpert in 1921.

Concurrently, eight Armenian colleges were also destroyed in Turkey. Although these aspects of education and service were brought to an end, the dream continued in the minds of Dr. Haigazian’s descendants and others. The Mehagian family (Mary Mehagian and Florence Mehagian-Guertmenian) of Phoenix, Arizona, close relatives of Dr. Haigazian, donated capital through the AMAA and worked hand in hand with Stephen Philibosian to get Haigazian College started.

The University was founded on October 17, 1955, by the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) as a liberal arts college to assist in the preparation of teachers and pastors.
Haigazian operated under its original name of “College” until 1991. In keeping with Near Eastern nomenclature, the name was changed to Haigazian University College in 1992. On December 28, 1996, the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education of Lebanon issued Decree number 9657, which authorized the institution to change its name to Haigazian University.
HU website

Ivan Sache, 4 April 2021

Previous flag

[Haigazian University] image by Ivan Sache, 4 April 2021

The former flag of HU was white with the university's former logo.


Ivan Sache, 4 April 2021

Haigazian University 50th Anniversary Commemorative Flag

[Haigazian University 50th Anniversary Flag (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 04 Jul 2007