Synopsys Armenia Cooperation with RAU

General information

Established: 1997
Number of students: > 2000
Number of lecturers: > 250


On September 24, 2007, RAU became a member of the Synopsys Worldwide University Program by cooperation agreement between Synopsys Armenia CJSC and RAU. The program has also established the Common University Chair, “Microelectronics Circuits and Systems,” collaborating mainly with the Physics-technical, Applied Mathematics and Informatics faculties. The Chair functions in the premises of RAU. Dr. Ashot Harutyunyan has been the Head of the Chair of "Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" since its establishment.

Technical infrastructure

  • Classrooms located in RAU: 1
  • Students’ seats: 17
  • Computers: 18 Pentium IV

Technical infrastructure is provided by RAU.


  • Synopsys EDA Tools licenses: 50
  • Synopsys tools are used in Elective courses.

Educational programs implemented in the frame of cooperation

IC Design specialization starting from the 1st year of Bachelor program is established and functions from September 1, 2012.

Industry/University Model for RAU

RAU provides:

  • Classrooms, laboratories
  • Hardware
  • Best students from Bachelor program
  • Best professors

Synopsys Armenia provides:

  • Industry-leading Synopsys EDA tools
  • Curriculum
  • 1 Professorship
  • Professors’ training
  • Best professors


  • In 2007, Synopsys President and Chief Operating Officer, Chi-Foon Chan, was awarded the degree of Honorable Doctor of RAU.
  • In 2007, Rich Goldman was conferred the “Honored Member of Russian-Armenian University Friendship Club” Award.

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