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Armenia's Best IT Students Receive Annual Presidential Awards During Synopsys Week
Synopsys and Armenian Government Honor Students Preparing for High-Tech Careers

YEREVAN, Armenia - September 29, 2009 - Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced that 30 of Armenia’s brightest IT students were awarded Presidential Awards during Synopsys Week. Established in 2005 with the approval of Armenia’s previous president, Robert Kocharyan, the Annual Educational Awards for the best IT students in Armenia are the result of an agreement between Synopsys and the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. The awards honor students who have the highest grades, are active in social programs, have participated in Armenian Microelectronics Olympiads, have written scientific papers or articles, and who have comprehensive knowledge and talent.

In 2009, the committee selected 23 deserving students from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Yerevan State University (YSU), the Engineering College of the American University of Armenia (AUA), the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU) and the European Regional Educational Academy. Seven students were also chosen from eligible high schools, including the A. Shahinyan Physics-Math Special School, Quant College, Anania Shirakatsi College, SEUA Affiliated High School, Photon College from Gyumri, and Evrika College of Vanadzor (see Appendix 2). The Presidential IT Awards Committee (see Appendix 1) screened 110 nominees: 50 students from five universities and 60 pupils from six schools.

The committee expanded the list of nomination categories with a new category, “The best Diaspora Student.” Along with certificates, winners received special Presidential Educational Trophies symbolizing the IT industry. Following the awards ceremony, the winners attended a special meeting with the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in the Presidential House.
President Sargsyan awarded Rich Goldman, CEO of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances at Synopsys, and co-director of the Board of the Annual Presidential Educational Awards, with a special award for his inspiration and diligence in establishing the President’s award for Best IT Students.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from President Sargsyan,” said Goldman. “The real heroes of this program are the 120 brilliant students who have been recognized for their achievements over the first five years of these Presidential IT Awards, and represent Armenia’s bright high tech future. The Presidential IT Awards have become an important tradition in Armenian education, and we are pleased to celebrate our fifth anniversary honoring outstanding IT students for their many and diverse achievements. We continue to strengthen the awards with last year’s addition of the Winners Club and this year’s new award for best Diaspora student. We value the continued support of President Sargsyan, who is instrumental in continuing this tradition in Armenian educational and technical excellence.”

A number of categories and financial awards, financed by Synopsys Armenia closed joint stock company (CJSC), have been established for the winners:
  1. Grand Prix (1200$/360000 AMD)
  2. Best Ph.D. Student (I category-1000$/367000AMD, II category- 750$/275000 AMD)
  3. Best Master Student (I category-750$/275000AMD, II category-500$/183500 AMD)
  4. Best Bachelor Student (I category-500$/183500AMD, II category-400$/146800 AMD)
  5. Best Diaspora Student (I category-750$/275000AMD, II category-500$/183500 AMD)
  6. Best Female Student (500$/183500 AMD)
  7. Best High School Student (100$/36700 AMD)

“I am sure that these winners will constitute Armenia’s future scientific and economic elite,” said Hovik Musayelyan, president of the Annual Presidential Educational Awards Committee, and executive director of Synopsys Armenia SJCS. “I am proud that by recognizing our future leaders our Committee has made a modest contribution in Armenia’s future.”

“I’m honored to have been nominated and to be one of the winners in this inspiring group,” said Vartan Maral Gnuni, the 2nd category winner amongst the “Best Diaspora Student” nominees. “Receiving this award of the President of Armenia obligates me to do my best for the bright future of of my Motherland Armenia.”

About the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund was founded by Decree of the President of RA in April 1992. Starting in 2000, the Fund was available for sustainable development projects covering nearly all Marzes (regions) of Armenia and regions of Artsakh (Karabagh). During the past years, the Fund implemented numerous projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Armenia and Artsakh (Karabagh). Currently the Fund is focused on the improvement of large-scale physical and social-development infrastructures of the Homeland.

About the Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation
The Synopsys for Armenia Charitable Foundation was established in July of 2005. It supports Synopsys’ R&D operations in Armenia through a number of educational and social initiatives. Its activities are divided into two sections: educational and social. The Foundation’s educational programs include support to all Synopsys educational programs for ongoing professional engineering education, conducted in cooperation with major Armenia universities. The Foundation also funds the RA Presidential Awards for the best students in the IT sector and sponsors various IT-related contests targeting students and young professionals. The foundation’s social activities primarily assist the local communities.

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

(Appendix 1)

Board of the Annual Educational Awards of RA President for the Best Students in the IT Sphere
Rich Goldman
Ara Vardanyan

List of the Org Committee for the Annual Educational Awards of RA President in the IT Sector
President: Hovik Musayelyan
Committee members:
Lilit Gevorgyan
Arsen Shoyan
Garegin Chugaszyan
Vostanik Marukhyan
Aram Simonyan
Andranik Hovhannisyan
Manuk Gevorgyan
Armen Baldryan

(Appendix 2)

Winners of the 5th Annual Educational Awards of RA President to the Best IT Students 2009

Name of University, School
Last Name, First Name, Patronymic
The Best Bachelor Student
SEUAAslanyan Hamlet ArmenI category
Tamrazyan Aram ArmenI category
Tevosyan Mariam KhachaturII category
YSUJalalyan Suren Ruben I category
Petrosyan Hayk PetikII category
AUANot grantedI category
Zardaryan Hovhannes EduardII category
ERICTANot grantedI category
Mkrtumyan Raisa Robert II category
The Best PhD Student
SEUAKhachaturov Ashot Gagik I category
Chopuryan Siranush Hrayr II category
YSUBalasanyan Nikolay Rafik I category
Hovsepyan Artur Bagrat II category
RAUAvertisyan Hamazasp SurenI category
Arushanyan Sergey GeorgiII category
The Best Female Student
ERICTAKostanyan Anush Gagik
The Best Diaspora Student
YSUMalekyan Arada MayisI category
SEUAVartan Maral GnuniII category
Grand Prix
Not granted
The Best Pupil
“Qvant” College Sanoyan Lena SamvelI category
A.Shahinyan physics-mathematical SchoolSrapionyan Anna VilyamI category
SEUA CollegeHayrapetyan Narek ArturI category
Anania Shirakatsi CollegeAchoyan Koryun TigranI category
Yeghiazaryan Anna VladimirI category
Pfoton College of GyumriAvdalyan Hayk ArsenI category
Evrika College of VanadzorArakelyan Ashkhen AshotI category

Editorial Contacts
Gayane Markosyan
Synopsys Armenia CJSC
(374 10) 492-356
(374 91) 292-302

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