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69 Advanced Engineering Students from State Engineering University of Armenia Successfully Graduated from Synopsys Armenia Education Department

On July 16, 2014 the commencement ceremony for the 69 graduates of the Synopsys Armenia Education Department (SAED) and State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA/Polytechnic) joint educational program took place.

During the commencement ceremony, held in the SEUA Council Hall, Hovhannes Tokmajyan, SEUA rector, handed SEUA diplomas to 36 Master’s and 33 Bachelor’s graduates. Additionally, the graduates were awarded with Synopsys Certificates of Recognition.

SEUA-Synopsys joint educational program is based on the model of “university-industry” cooperation and successfully combines advantages of academic of education and business. Each student of the program has access to a fully licensed version of Synopsys’ comprehensive, industry-leading electronic design automation (EDA) University Tools Package. Study is jointly conducted by industry professionals and professors from leading universities. The curriculum, developed by Synopsys Armenia Educational Department as part of the Synopsys Worldwide University Program, is comprised of more than 60 courses and more than 100 labs and course projects. Under the program, Synopsys also provides educational resources such as educational design kits (EDKs) and interoperable design kits (iPDKs) for 90-nanometer (nm) and 32/28-nm technologies. These kits enable state-of-the-art IC design in an educational environment. Synopsys Armenia Educational Department constantly adjusts the curriculum and technologies to address current industry needs and requirements.

Indeed, SEUA-Synopsys joint program provides students with all the necessary components of a world-class education: competitive curricula based on a proven model of cooperation between industry and academia; access to Synopsys’ state-of-the-art electronic design automation software and educational design kits; highly qualified and experienced faculty; and a modern technical infrastructure and environment. Additional amenities to encourage learning include a comprehensive technical library with engineering-related publications and a modern cafeteria. During their studies, students are also actively involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects implemented by the company, such as the tree planting held during the annual Synopsys Week in Armenia event.

“Polytechnic has been and remains the smithy to prepare leading engineers and specialists in Armenia,” said Mr. Tokmajyan. “Synopsys’ joint educational program is an exemplary cooperation in preparation of graduates with deep knowledge and practical skills. This program gives Armenian students an opportunity to get world-class education meeting modern requirements and to become a high demand and competitive specialist at leading IT companies.”

“Nowadays, preparing high-quality specialists is impossible without the direct involvement of business companies and "industry-university" cooperation. Such a perfect example of cooperation is educational program in conjunction with Synopsys and State Engineering University of Armenia (Polytechnic),”said Hovik Musayelyan, Director of Synopsys Armenia. “The important part of Synopsys’s corporate social responsibility programs is the investment in education, allowing to train qualifies specialists in information and telecommunication technologies in conjunction with Polytechnic. The 69 graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills and many of them already have a professional work. In this is way too important issue is resolved in terms of stopping the brain drain, as most of the graduates of this program get job offers from world leading chip design company.”

“The curricula of Synopsys and SEUA joint educational program totally meets the modern demands of IT sphere and is successfully implemented at the regional leading universities to prepare high qualified industry-ready specialists in the field of microelectronics,” said Vazgen Melikyan, honorable scientist of RA, director of the SAED and head of SEUA’s Microelectronic Circuits and Systems Interfaculty Chair and ERA’s Microelectronic Circuits and Systems of Communication Facilities Chair. “In the meantime the rapid development of the sphere and other factors require regular update of the curriculum materials in line with current market demands, which is only possible by involving in the teaching process the leading specialists who are aware of the latest innovations.”

In his valedictory speech, Taron Hovhannisyan, a 2014 master’s degree program graduate and a current employee of Synopsys Armenia said, “Synopsys Armenia Educational Department is a unique and successful institution giving me and a lot of young people an opportunity to get a high quality education by professionals despite of cramped conditions in Armenia. The resources and the level of knowledge and skills using EDA tools fully meet the requirements of the EDA industry leading company and provide the best opportunity for a better life and professional growth in your native country."

Since the SAED was established in 2004, 412 SEUA students have participated in the program.

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
E: gayanem@synopsys.com

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