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Synopsys and Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) Successfully Graduate Advanced Engineering Students for Chip Design Workforce in Russia
Highly qualified workforce for chip design in Russia continues to grow as graduates from Synopsys-MIET joint Master’s program graduate and become employed by leading semiconductor companies in the region

Moscow, Russia, June 3, 2011 Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET), today announced that another 17 master’s students of the Synopsys and MIET joint educational program successfully completed the program and are ready to begin their professional engineering careers. This is the fifth year of the Synopsys-MIET joint two-year master’s program providing advanced education in microelectronics. The program is based on Synopsys EDA tools and a customized curriculum for very large scale integration (VLSI) design offered by the Synopsys Armenia Educational Department (SAED) through the Synopsys University Program. The program is focused on training highly qualified specialists in the field of VLSI design at the Synopsys-MIET Educational Center. To date, 74 students have been graduated from the Synopsys-MIET program and are pursuing careers that can help lead Russia into its next stage of technology development.

All 74 graduates are already employed by leading Semiconductor companies. They work as leading specialists at Micron, Angstrem, The Institute for Design Problems in Microelectronics of the Russian Academy of Science, NI ELVIS, and other semiconductor companies that contribute to Russia’s growing high-tech industry. Using a proven educational model of cooperation between industry and academia makes possible the program to provide Russia’s workforce with industry-ready graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to be quickly become productive in the industry.

During this year’s commencement ceremony, Rich Goldman, vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Synopsys and honorable Professor of MIET, conferred Synopsys Certificates of Achievement to the graduates. “We inaugurated our joint program with MIET five years ago with the intent of contributing to the Russian semiconductor industry. The results are clear. The highly trained specialists graduating from this program are making a significant contribution,” said Mr. Goldman. “We fully expect this year’s graduates to continue this trend and are looking forward to furthering our cooperation with our reliable and good partner, MIET.”

“We are glad for having such a successful cooperation with Synopsys. Russian employers are grateful to our university and Synopsys for the preparation of such highly skilled professionals. We hope our cooperation will continue for years,” said Prof. Vladimir Bespalov, First Vice-Rector of MIET.

“I am glad that the program is gaining more and more autonomy due to the fact that some of the program graduates are already PhD students, and take part in the teaching process,” said Prof. Vazgen Melikyan, director of SAED and honorable scientist of the Republic of Armenia. “In addition to the 90 nanometer Educational Design Kit, which enables state-of-the-art design in an educational environment, by the end of this year MIET will be receive the 32/28 nanometer Educational Design Kit.”

“I'm already enjoying the benefits of the state-of-the-art education I've received from the Synopsys-MIET joint educational program. Those two years of my study have given me opportunity to improve my theoretical knowledge and skills in using the most advanced EDA tools. And now, employed at Micron, I contribute to the development of the microelectronics design industry in our country,” said Roman Matveev, a 2011 graduate of the Synopsys - MIET joint educational master’s program and a specialist at Micron.

About Synopsys Worldwide University Programs
Synopsys Worldwide University Programs have been providing technology, tools and resources for teaching and academic research since 1986. The programs serve thousands of students and professors worldwide, with Synopsys’ tools currently installed in more than 450 educational institutions. University professors and staff have the unique responsibility of preparing the future workforce and conducting research to advance technology. The Synopsys Worldwide University Programs give easy access to Synopsys’ best-in-class EDA tools while providing training, high-quality support and curriculum development assistance. By enabling engineering students to receive hands-on experience with Synopsys’ industry-leading commercial tools, graduates are more likely to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to be quickly productive in the fast-paced world of semiconductor technology.

About MIET
Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (Technical University) was founded in 1965. It is situated in Zelenograd. MIET training of superior quality is carried out by highly skilled faculty -- including more than 100 Doctors of Sciences and over 300 PhDs – complemented by a sound technical base, personal curricula and modern training methods. The curricula of the departments provide fundamental training in physics, mathematics and computer science. They also provide in-depth study of a foreign language, professional training and high-quality training in management and marketing. MIET cooperates with leading universities of Europe and the United States, taking part in undergraduate, postgraduate and professor exchange programs. Full-time students do their practical work at MIET scientific laboratories and subdivisions, as well as at Moscow and Zelenograd companies. A program of elite professional training is carried out at MIET in cooperation with a number of foreign leaders in the electronics industry: Cadence, Synopsys, Freescale Semiconductor, PTC, Mentor Graphics and others.

About Synopsys Armenia CJSC and Synopsys, Inc.
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys established its presence in Armenia in 2004, after Armenia declared information technology (IT) as a priority business for the country. Since then, Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC) has become an important Synopsys site, providing R&D and product support in EDA, design for manufacturing (DFM) and the development of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). The company employs several hundred qualified Armenian engineers and is one of largest IT employers in Armenia. To help provide Armenia with highly qualified IT specialists, Synopsys Armenia invests locally in IT education and is engaged in a number of successful cooperation programs with major Armenian universities such as Yerevan State University (YSU), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), American University of Armenia (AUA), Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University, and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technologies (MIET). The company consistently promotes public interest in the high tech industry by sponsoring Presidential Awards for the best students in IT and contests among young specialists and students, and engages the broader community through charity work and volunteer activities. Synopsys Armenia CJSC is located in Yerevan. Synopsys, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 65 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys, Inc. and Synopsys Armenia online at and

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