On March 29, 2013 Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Karabakh Telecom CJSC and Artsakh State University signed a cooperation agreement to promote education in micro-electronic circuitry and systems of the communication means in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). Using a successful and proven educational model of cooperation the program will make it possible to provide NKR’s workforce with industry-ready graduates, who have the required knowledge and practical skills to quickly become productive in the industry. Within the agreement "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" inter-university chair will be created at Artsakh State University, providing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in “Micro-Electronic Circuitry and Systems of the Communication Means” specialization. The chair will be equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software infrastructure and provided with curricula and instructional materials that meet international standards, as well as qualified teachers, trained at Synopsys Armenia Educational Department.
In the frames of agreement Karabakh Telecom CJSC allocated AMD 28 million drams to repair the auditorium, specified by Artsakh State University, in accordance with state-of-the-art education standards and requirements, to equip it with modern computers, and to cover the faculty salaries and other additional payments. Synopsys Armenia CJSC will provide Artsakh State University with 60 licenses of Synopsys software tools required for preparing qualified specialists, as well as comprehensive educational materials, including complete methodological materials for all courses, lecture presentations, labs, practical materials and course projects, homework and exams. In addition, the faculty will be trained at least once every six months.
According to the criteria agreed on by the parties, Artsakh State University will establish the inter-university chair, will hold regular educational activities and conduct selection of the undergraduates in the given specialization from the pool of bachelors students, who have completed the second year of theirs studies. The best undergraduate students will have an opportunity to continue their education pursuing master’s degree.
“Since its inception, Karabakh Telecom has been supporting all the initiatives aimed at providing the youth of Artsakh with new avenues for opportunities and achievements. Karabakh Telecom firmly believes that the ICT sector is a key for the economic development of Artsakh, which we have to support by all means. The establishment of “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” chair at Artsakh State University is an opportunity to give momentum to developing ICT sector in Artsakh and is very important for strengthening its positive image internationally, at the same time attracting talented youth to ICT sector in the country. The ICT sphere has a real chance to become an engine for the development and cultivation of supportive environment for the long-term sustainable development in Artsakh,” said Karabakh Telecom CJSC General Manager Ralph Yirikian.
“As a world leading company, Synopsys cooperates with more than 1300 universities. There are four partner universities in Armenia – SEUA, YSU, RAU and European Regional Academy. The cooperation with Artsakh State University, a unique initiative aimed at preparing qualified specialists in the field of microelectronics, will have an exceptional significance in creating an innovative environment in the republic,” said Synopsys Armenia Director Hovik Musayelyan.
“Synopsys Armenia Educational Department will do its best to assist the training of qualified graduates in the field of “Micro-Electronic Circuitry and Systems of the Communication Means” aiming to develop microelectronics sphere in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” said Synopsys Armenia Educational Department Director, Professor Vazgen Melikyan.
“As you know, Synopsys Armenia invests locally in IT education and is engaged in a number of successful cooperation programs with major universities in Armenia and Russia,” said Artsakh State University Rector, Professor Stepan Dadayan. “We are very happy that Artsakh State University has joined that list due to the generous assistance from Karabakh Telecom CJSC, as well as, the donation of Synopsys Electronic Design Automation software tools and educational support from Synopsys Armenia. By signing the cooperation agreement today, we are taking the first steps in a huge process that will make a substantial difference in socio-economic development of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.”
About Karabakh Telecom CJSC
Karabakh Telecom has been in operation since February 2002. During these past 11 years, the company has built new GSM stations, providing mobile telephone coverage to about 95% of the Republic’s territory. Karabakh Telecom provides GSM, PSTN and WLL services, ADSL and FO internet services. The company has a number of highly ambitious projects in various stages of development. These projects will continue to be introduced to the public in 2013 and beyond, which will improve the quality of service while providing additional value added services to its subscribers.
About Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia CJSC
Synopsys, Inc. accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions of chips and systems. Synopsys established a presence in Armenia in 2004 as Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC). Synopsys Armenia CJSC provides R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). Employing several hundred qualified Armenian engineers, Synopsys is one of largest IT employers in Armenia. To encourage the highest levels of accomplishment for students in IT, the company sponsors awards and competitions such as the Annual Educational Awards of the Republic of Armenia (RA) President, and the Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia. Synopsys Armenia is also the initiator of the Global IT Award of the RA President, as well as “Best IT Managers” Award. Synopsys Armenia’s investment in the community reaches well beyond IT. In 2010, Synopsys in Armenia was recognized as one of 12 finalists for the U.S. Secretary of State’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), citing the company’s technology and financial leadership as well as its charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Synopsys, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 70 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia online at www.synopsys.com and www.synopsys.am.
About the Industry-University Educational Model
In the first years of the Bachelor’s degree program, students obtain a basic education in mathematics, physics and other scientific disciplines at their chosen university. The top-performing students are then selected by Synopsys technical experts and professors for enrollment in the SAED program. Further education in the Bachelor’s program, Master’s program and Ph.D. studies is obtained through a customized SAED curriculum for VLSI design and EDA. Studies are conducted in specially equipped classrooms provided by Synopsys where SAED students have access to the latest EDA software tools in use in industry. Teaching, supervision of course projects, Master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations resemble actual design projects at Synopsys Armenia. Projects are completed in conjunction with leading professionals from Synopsys and professors from the corresponding university. Upon successful completion of the SAED program, graduates are industry-ready specialists and qualified to work for Synopsys Armenia as well as other high-tech companies. This source of engineers is proving to be an important factor in the development of an EDA industrial cluster in Armenia.
About Artsakh State University
Artsakh State University holds a special place in creation and establishment of science and education system in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It was established in second half of the 20th century in parallel with the rise of the Armenian factor. During the past 40 years, from a small branch the university has grown into an education and science center, providing high quality specialists. University graduates are successfully employed not only in NKR, but also in Armenia and other foreign countries. Today, Artsakh State University has 6 faculties, 21 chairs, employing 338 teachers. More than 4700 bachelor, master and PhD students are studying at the university. Artsakh State University cooperates with educational institutions and science centers both in Armenia and abroad.
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