International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education
The International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Foundation is an Armenian non-governmental and non-commercial organization established in Yerevan, Armenia in April 2005 by Texas A&M University to administer the Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) operating within the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) since 2000 as well as the three other components: the Career Development and Counseling Center, Research and Outreach Development Center, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
The Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC). The ATC provides agribusiness education to achieve sustainable entrepreneurial activities in the food and agriculture sector in Armenia and Georgia. It prepares agribusiness specialists armed with broad economic, marketing, and managerial skills, up-to-date communication abilities and a good knowledge of English. These skills make the ATC graduates competitive in the growing regional agribusiness sector. The curriculum is western-structured, based on the undergraduate agricultural economics and graduate (MAB) curriculum of Texas A&M University. Courses are taught in English by American and Armenian instructors.
The Career Development and Counseling Center (CDCC). The CDCC has been established to develop and implement a sustained mechanism that allows students and graduates of ATC and the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) to effectively identify job opportunities and obtain employment.
The Research and Outreach Development Center (RODC). The RODC solicits and conducts research on relevant agribusiness topics and promotes research on Armenian agribusinesses at national and international meetings. The Center conducts research and rural development projects funded by USDA, US Embassy in Armenia, USAID through DAI, FAO, World Bank, Swiss National Science Foundation, World Vision, and many others. The RODC also organizes field trips, study tours and student internships, plans regional and international seminars and conferences, and assists with summer schools, student exchange programs and student enrichment activities. Research and Outreach Development Center provides both research and outreach services. Numerous research and consulting services have been provided to NGOs, private companies, public and international organizations. Outreach services are mainly directed to various beneficiaries, such as students, faculty, and trainees at national and international levels.