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Synopsys Armenia Educational Center and SEUA Interdepartmental “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” chair Commencement Announcement

YEREVAN - June 12, 2006 - Today 18 Master and 36 Bachelor students of Synopsys’ Armenia Educational Center, also known as SEUA’s interdepartmental “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” (MCS) chair, successfully completed their two-year program and now stand on the doorstep of their professional engineering careers. This is the second graduating class from the Masters program in the specialization of VLSI Design and the fourth graduating class from the Bachelor program. After several years of hard study, today’s graduates are well equipped with the technological skills necessary to meet the highest international standards. During the commencement ceremony Synopsys Armenia CEO Rich Goldman conferred Synopsys certificates and SEUA Rector Vostanik Makrukhyan conferred SEUA Diplomas to the graduates of the Chair.

In celebration of Synopsys outstanding contribution to the Chair’s development and success Synopsys Inc. VP, Synopsys Armenia CEO Mr. Rich Goldman today was awarded by SEUA Golden Medal to praise his prominent achievements and dedication to enhancing university programs in Armenia.

When the Armenian Government declared the high-tech industry to be a flagship of the national economy, offering high-quality engineering education became a priority. Synopsys Armenia and the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA’s) joint efforts have resulted in the continuous preparation of these talented specialists to contribute to the national engineering workforce.

Synopsys is known for making the largest donation to the higher technical education in the history of Independent Armenia by providing 50 complete packages of the company’s EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools to the Chair. The total dollar cost of this contribution is about $260mln. These tools are currently being used with great effectiveness.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for integrated circuit (IC) design. The company delivers technology-leading IC design and verification platforms to the global electronics market, enabling the development of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

The Educational Department of “SYNOPSYS ARMENIA” (the Interdepartmental Chair of “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” of State Engineering University of Armenia) was established on August 1, 2001 by the decision of SEUA Academic Council. On November 1, 2004 after acquiring the assets and engineering team of LEDA Design, Synopsys - a world leader in EDA software, intended to continue cooperation with the Chair. On December 1, 2005 the SEUA Interdepartmental Chair of MCS along with more than 400 world famous universities became a member of Synopsys University Program.

The Educational Department carries out studies in Bachelor, Master and PhD programs in two specializations: VLSI Design and EDA.

Synopsys University Program
Synopsys began partnering with universities in 1986, formally establishing the Synopsys University Program in 1996. Synopsys software is currently installed in more than 450 educational institutions worldwide. The Synopsys University Program reaches thousands of students and professors across the globe every year.

Editorial Contacts
Gayane Markosyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC
41 Arshakunyats Avenue
ViaSphere Technopark, Bldg. #1
Republic of Armenia, 0026 Yerevan
T: (37410) 49 2356
F: (37410) 49 2696

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