Artyom Tsaturyan

Artyom (Arty) had his first taste of studying and living abroad during his undergraduate years, when he participated in an exchange program to the US.  His experience led him to believe that cultural immersion provides valuable opportunities to learn and grow, and prompted him to move to Mainland China soon after his university graduation.  There, he taught English for nearly five years before pursuing his master’s degree at Zhejiang University with support from the AFLSP.

An entrepreneur, leader, and founder of multiple organizations, Arty, who has remained in China since completing his studies in 2019, credits the AFLSP for shaping much of his personal and professional journey.  “The skills and takeaways I acquired from the AFLSP have been invaluable to me.  I learned the importance of building relationships, being culturally aware, and expressing myself clearly and effectively – all of which have proved to be critical in the process of launching and growing my companies, especially as a foreigner in China,” he says, referring to his founding of an online education platform that bridges communities and individuals; and his newly launched Web 3.0 platform, which aims to create an immersive XR community by inviting users to build their own ecosystems and interact with one another.

Looking back at his time with the AFLSP, Arty also attributes much of his success as a leader to the experiences he had as a Bai Xian Scholar.  He recalls learning an important lesson on leadership and teamwork through his participation in a group project during the 2018 Summer Program in Beijing.  “I had a teammate who I believed would serve as a more effective leader than me, and so I decided to step back and allow her to take the lead.  Our ultimate success showed me that being a leader is more about recognizing and leveraging the strengths of your team members rather than being in charge or having all the answers all the time,” he says.  “This is something that I continue to keep in mind as I manage and oversee multiple teams within my companies today.”

As a Bai Xian Alumnus, Arty remains actively engaged within the Bai Xian community.  In addition to staying in touch with other BX Alumni through social media, he has also served as a mentor under the new Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program, as well as a moderator for alumni sharing sessions.  “Bai Xian is a family, not a scholarship.  Being a BX Scholar is an identity, not a title,” says Arty.  “By connecting with like-minded individuals, sharing experiences, and fostering and maintaining friendships, we can empower one another as future leaders and truly make a positive impact in Asia and the world.”