Educational Programs 

Synopsys Armenia Cooperation with NPUA 

General Information
Established: 1933
Number of students: >10000
Number of Lecturers: >1000

History
The NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair was established on August 1, 2001 by NPUA Scientific Council decision. On December 1, 2004, the Chair became a member of the Synopsys Worldwide University Program by cooperation agreement between Synopsys Armenia CJSC and NPUA. The Chair functions in the premises of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, in the structure of SAED. Doctor of Science, Professor Vazgen Sh. Melikyan has been the Head of the NPUA Chair of "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" since its establishment.

Technical Infrastructure
  • Classrooms located in SAED: 5
  • Students' seats: 125
  • Computers: 114 Pentium IV, LCD monitors
Tools
  • Synopsys EDA Tools licenses: 70
  • Synopsys tools are used in practical, laboratory & diploma works, Master theses and PhD dissertations

Educational programs implemented in the frame of cooperation
  • Bachelor program
    • In IC Design specialization starting from the 3rd year of Bachelor program is established and functions from September 1, 2001 - Top students from the Computer Science and Informatics, Cybernetics, Radio Engineering & Communication Systems, and Applied Mathematics faculties continue their further education at SAED premises (NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair) by Industry/University Educational model upon completing the first 2 years of their Bachelor study.
    • In EDA specialization starting from the 3rd year of Bachelor program is established and functions from September 1, 2003 - Top students from the Computer Science and Informatics faculty continue their further education at SAED premises (NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair) by Industry/University Educational model upon completing the first 2 years of their Bachelor study.
  • Master program
    • In IC Design specialization – Top graduates from Bachelor program continue education in the Masters program at SAED premises (NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair).
    • In EDA specialization - Top graduates from Bachelor program continue education in the Masters program at SAED premises (NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair).
    • In IC Design Training specialization - Top graduates from Bachelor program continue education in the Masters program at SAED premises (NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair). The Group is formed of the existing MS students of IC Design and EDA specializations, who study two specializations simultaneously. NPUA gives additional certificate upon graduation. The program is anticipated for preparation of trainers to teach in the region.
  • PhD programs are carried out for IC Design and EDA specializations.

Industry/University Model for NPUA
NPUA provides:
  • Curriculum
  • Best professors
  • Best students upon completing the 2nd year in Bachelor program
  • University degree (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D)
Synopsys Armenia provides:
  • Classrooms, laboratories
  • Industry-leading Synopsys EDA tools
  • Hardware
  • Professors' salaries and students' scholarships
  • Professors' training
  • Development of University's technical infrastructure
  • Potential employment offers upon successful graduation

Development of NPUA's technical infrastructure
Synopsys assists not only the above mentioned Chair, but also the donor faculties of NPUA where completing the first two years of studies the students come to study in Synopsys Armenia Educational Department (NPUA's "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair). On September 23, 2005, the National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA) received a Charles Babbage Grant from Synopsys Outreach Charitable Foundation for Armenia. The grant included numerous copies of Synopsys' electronic design automation (EDA) software tools and PC workstations to enhance the existing learning environment. The Synopsys Armenia Educational Department provided NPUA with a Distance Learning Classroom, including 17 computers that meet modern standards and access to Synopsys' industry leading EDA software products.

Participation in NPUA governance
Hovik Musayelyan, executive director of Synopsys Armenia is a Member of NPUA Board of Governance and the President of NPUA Alumni Association.

Awards
Synopsys Inc. and Synopsys management were rewarded with the highest awards of NPUA presented by management NPUA:
  • In 2006, Synopsys has been recognized as the Best Partner of NPUA.
  • In 2005, Synopsys President and Chief Executive Officer, Aart de Geus, was awarded the NPUA Gold Medal.
  • In 2006, Synopsys vice-president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances, Synopsys Armenia CEO Rich Goldman was awarded the NPUA Gold Medal.
  • In 2007, Synopsys vice-president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances, Synopsys Armenia CEO Rich Goldman was awarded the degree of Honorable Doctor of NPUA.
  • In 2008, Synopsys Armenia Executive Director, Hovik Musayelyan, was awarded the NPUA Gold Medal.
  • In 2008, in recognition of efficient and fruitful cooperation in training highly qualified specialists in the IT sector, Synopsys, Inc conferred NPUA with Synopsys certificate.
  • In 2011, Director of Synopsys Armenia Educational Department, Head of NPUA "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" Chair Vazgen Melikyan, was awarded the NPUA Gold Medal.
  • In 2013, in recognition of productive, fruitful and sustainable cooperation in preparing highly qualified IT specialists, NPUA was awarded Synopsys certificate of recognition.

The joint efforts of Synopsys Armenia and NPUA have resulted in training of many talented specialists who contribute to the national engineering workforce.