President Jorge Sampaio as the Chairman of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, its governing bodies, staff, students and scholarship holders are deeply saddened by the passing of Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
As President Sampaio said “Vartan Gregorian was a remarkable man with exceptional intellectual ability, of great culture, a visionary, with a powerful and inspirational presence”. President Sampaio paid tribute to him as a man of a very distinguished humanity, a wonderful person and a dear friend.
Since the launch of our emergency scholarship program for Syrian students, Vartan has been a partner, a supporter and an inspiration to our work and a firm reminder of the importance of providing educational and cultural opportunities to all young people.
In April 2019, both President Sampaio and Dr. Vartan Gregorian were awarded by Refugee International, the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for their steadfast leadership in the international community and for their work to ensure funding for displaced Syrian students and scholars through the Global Platform for Syrian Students and through Carnegie Corporation of New York’s support. (For further details, see
(On Vartan Gregorian’s life see