In 2010, the Presidential IT Awards Committee selected 25 deserving students from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Yerevan State University (YSU), the Engineering College of the American University of Armenia (AUA), the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU) and the European Regional Educational Academy. 12 students were also chosen from eligible high schools, including the A. Shahinyan Physics-Math Special School, Quant College, Anania Shirakatsi College, SEUA Affiliated High School, Photon College from Gyumri and Evrika College of Vanadzor. The Committee screened 180 nominees: 121 students from five universities and 59 high school students from six schools.
Following the awards ceremony, the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan had a special meeting with the president and chief operating officer of Synopsys Dr. Chi-Foon Chan in the Presidential House.
A number of categories and financial awards, financed by Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC), have been established for the winners:
- Grand Prix (1200$/435600 AMD)
- Best Ph.D. Student (I category-1000$/363000AMD, II category- 750$/272250 AMD)
- Best Master Student (I category-750$/272250AMD, II category-500$/181500 AMD)
- Radio Engineering and Communication Systems
- Best Bachelor Student (I category-500$/181500AMD, II category-400$/145200AMD)
- Best Diaspora Student (I category-750$/275000AMD, II category-500$/181500 AMD)
- Best Female Student (500$/181500 AMD)
- Best High School Student (100$/36300 AMD)
“Recognize the Best and inspire the Next – this is the main mission of this very prestigious Award,” said Rich Goldman, Co-Chair of the Board of the Annual Presidential Educational Awards, the vice president for Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Synopsys, CEO of Synopsys Armenia. “Along with our previous 158 winners who have been recognized for their achievements over the past six years s, this year's Presidential IT Award winners represent Armenia’s bright high-tech future.”
“I am sure that these winners will constitute Armenia’s future scientific and economic elite,” said Hovik Musayelyan, president of the Annual Presidential Educational Awards Committee, and executive director of Synopsys Armenia CJCS. “Having Diaspora students among the winners will help them integrate into their Motherland and make valuable contribution to Armenia’s future.”
“First of all I want to express my gratitude for initiating and organizing such encouraging awards and events. This presidential award in IT sphere inspired me to take more initiative and make my own investments in the future of our republic,” said Armen Gharibyan, the Grand Prix winner 2010. “This is the third time I have received this award. I’ve been recognized as the best bachelor and the best master student, and it’s very exciting for me to now receive the Grand Prix award, which really puts much more responsibility on me. I’m glad to see growth in the level of involvement of young people in the IT sphere. Everybody knows that RA has great intellectual potential and, if executed as planned, RA will make great achievements and establish its own place in the world. There are many challenges in Armenia to overcome to in order to stick to this plan, but I will do my best to give back to my homeland and people. So I call on our youth to take initiative and join in this effort to contribute to the development of the high-tech industry in Armenia and hence strengthen our homeland.”
Awarding ceremony took place on Oct 29, 2010. Winners of the 6th Annual Educational Award of RA President in IT sphere 2010 Board & Committee Members