Synopsys Armenia CEO unveils technological university plan

The director of Synopsys Armenia, a Yerevan based High-Tech and IT company, on Sunday announced а plan for launching a technological university to provide a quality education for future specialists.
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Armenian Premier is quick in catching the problems of innovative sector – Director of “Synopsys Armenia”

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860373YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 15, ARMENPRESS. Member of the Public Council of Armenia and Council of Elders of Yerevan, Director of “Synopsys Armenia” Hovik Musayelyan describes the newly appointed Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan as a well-educated, skillful and decent person. In an interview with “Armenpress” he said that everyone who has had some type of relation with him can confirm that.

“It is a long time I know Karen Karapetyan. I have had several opportunities to talk to him about the development of Armenia’s economy, information and communications technologies. He is a very modern-day individual and is rather quick in catching the problems in the innovative sector”, Hovik Musayelyan said, adding that he has quite flexible engineering thinking and reminded about Karapetyan’s educational background at the Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at the YSU. Continue reading

“13 years ago the RA government announced IT sector a priority field, however the sector development drawbacks did not become any less.”

IT is one of the most ambitious sectors of our industry that supports many positions with high salaries.

However, to my mind, in parallel to this, the most serious issue is the capital market, the work power market, with the highly qualified specialists’ demand.

During the Armenian activities we had over those 10 years that Synopsys is in Armenia we have had 30 % staff increase and we have mainly enlarged our specialist base thanks to the university students, who are our partners. The cooperation with these universities addresses the purpose to prepare specialists for the sector. However IT, and moreover chip design sector has always been in need of highly qualified specialists.

Unfortunately you can’t have highly qualified specialists’ with our universities’ educational programs who will be demanded straightly after graduation. Only 7-8 % of them are hired after graduation. It is only after much research and many years of commitment that those graduates turn into the specialists who are always demanded. The current difficulties related to the professional education and the training of technological resources that are in accordance with the international IT sector standards are associated with huge financial issues. Today the universities may not manage to create chairs, labs – those are supported by the private companies. A tight cooperation should be shaped between the private sector and the universities, otherwise shaping a competitive educational environment will always be a standing issue for the country. Continue reading

Preserving national identity is a national ideology itself.

Preserving national identity is a national ideology itself

Hovik Musayelyan’s interlocution with the RA Public Council Chairman Vazgen Manukyan takes us back to the Soviet times, to the environment of youth longing for independence. The breakthrough of the Kharabakh movement turning into all-Armenian movement was no accident – from 1965, it had been a secret dream of the Armenian youth to rebel. In Vazgen Manukyan’s biography, it had been a conscientious activity, and finally he became the ideology leader of the movement, thereupon, the first Premier of the Independent Armenia, a candidate to President, an active politician, not standing aside but still proactive and doing his utmost for the improvement of the social life.

Hovik Musayelyan – Our meeting is dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, but I would like to go 50 years back, to 1965, when the Communist Party of Soviet Armenia decides that an event dedicated to 50 years of the Armenian Genocide should be held in the opera hall. As far as I remember, not many people knew about the massacre. Today, the situation is totally different. Seems like a newborn already knows what a genocide is. Nevertheless, although 90% of the population did not know about this, a miracle happened in a few days – flyers were distributed, people went out and a meeting happened. Nowadays, it is not that difficult to arrange a demonstration and probably people won’t adequately assess this breakthrough and the risks that this brave demonstration implied. Since you personally participated in this historical demonstration, and following this, a group of dissidents was formed, you were one of those… Let us go 50 years back…

Vazgen Manukyan – If we go 50 years back, we will definitely appear in a very good period from the age perspective. I would not say the citizens, but most of the youth hardly knew about the genocide. The elderly ones of course knew, but told nothing to their families as a rule – nothing compromising safety should have been disclosed to children during those days. The genocide topic was one of those. I was slightly aware, since on our way to the kindergarten my grandpa was telling me about the genocide, religion, Bible; however, nor could I imagine the real scope of the tragedy. Now I think it was good that we did not know about the genocide, knowing about it would be a huge stress. Realizing that you have lost your land and people is a not that easy. It may sound surprising, but I think it was good to an extent that the youth did not know about the genocide. Forbidding for decades to speak about the genocide, the Soviet Union, in fact, helped and enabled us to meet the 50th anniversary more recovered. From this perspective, we differed from the diaspora also. Their sense of patriotism was stronger thanks to the instillation, but we were healthier. It was at that time that the youth understood what had happened. Continue reading

Synopsys Armenia head praises Armenia’s progress in NRI

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YEREVAN, April 20. / ARKA /. Head of Synopsys Armenia company Hovik Musayelyan said the 58th position Armenia has in the latest Network Readiness Index (NRI) is the evidence of significant progress given that the NRI surveyed 143 countries.
NRI, produced by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with INSEAD and Cornel University annually, measures the preparedness of an economy to use ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being and tracks the development of ICTs around the world.
The report assesses the digital ecosystems of 143 developed and developing countries — accounting for more than 98 per cent of the world’s GDP.
Armenia has moved seven positions up to the 58th position. Kazakhstan, one of former Soviet republics is ranked 40th, Russia is 41st, Azerbaijan is 57th, Georgia is 60th, Ukraine is 71st and Tajikistan is 117th.

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Starting September, 3 new disciplines will be included in 5 high schools’ curriculum to foster IT sphere development

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A pilot project at Armenia’s 5 high schools with orientation in physics and math will be launched in September 2015. As Synopsys Armenia Director Hovik Musayelyan told during a talk with tert.am, within the scope of the project, the subjects of Microelectronics, Information Technologies, and Basics of Telecommunications will be included in the general curriculum and taught as mandatory disciplines. “This is an initiative shared by Synopsys Armenia, VivaCell and Unicomp companies. This project is unprecedented for in no other country in the world these disciplines are regarded as mandatory. I think the number of the schools involved will increase in the future and odds are this will become a chess phenomenon in the IT sphere”, he said. Continue reading

The names of the candidates for the 2015 RA President’s Award are announced

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This is an annual award conferred on an individual having outstanding contribution to the IT sphere that has resulted in revolutionary developments in the technological, educational, organizational, or financial areas globally. The Global Award of the RA President for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity through IT was inaugurated in 2009. The names of this year’s candidates are already known; the winner will be decided in September.

The Path to Future


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Editor: I would like to start the talk from afar. Given the specialization, I was familiar with the offices representing new technologies during the soviet years; indeed this recognition was to some extent, since those were mainly closed offices. I also followed the operations after the independence, the gradual mental renaissance of the sector. You are one of the individuals of the field who has a reputable role; however you represent a totally different specialization. You deployed both your first specialization, the work experience, and during new times, anew situation, you managed to become one of the leading heads of the economy primary field. It is already seventeen years, that you are in the IT sector, and during those years the former reputation was recovered, numerous new challenges were gradually overcome; the government consistently deepens the attention toward the branch. Armenia’s long term path to promote the country was newly smoothed out in front of us.

Hovik Musayelyan: As you may know, about twelve years ago the government announced IT sector a priority for economic development. Indeed, there was ample ground for this crucial decision, and it was in this field that we had the best opportunities to succeed at that stage.
The necessary preconditions for the branch development gradually established, for instance stable energy supply, available and affordable internet, favorable geopolitical and business environment for investments, formation of the country’s new image and etc. Without the entry of international organizations into the IT sector, without the adjustments of the educational criteria to the international standards, the development of new business culture is hardly possible. To reach all the above, both partners (who would pursuit perspectives) and time would be needed to create everything step by step, anew. Continue reading

Word Congress of Public Councils

From June 25 to 28, 2014 World Congress of Public Councils was held in Bucharest. RA Public Council president Vazgen Manukyan and RA Public Council members Hovik Musayelyan and Rouben Safrastyan participated in the forum.

Hovik Musayelyan delivered speech as a member of the Armenian delegation (please see the speech below).

Dear Chairman,
Dear summit participants,

On behalf of the delegation of the Public Council of the Republic of Armenia, let me greet the summit participants and wish productive work.

The republics of the former Soviet Union suffered 3 types of revolution.

  1. Struggle for independence and its acquisition
  2. Transition from the totalitarian government system to the democratic government system
  3. Unprecedented property revolution, when within a short period, transition from state property based planned economy to private property based market economy had to be made.

The latter revolution had to be done by the statesmen and officials. And in no country the above mentioned individuals could resist the temptation of using their positions to establish ownership and businesses. In the meantime, there was no monitoring body; the society and the judicial system were not formed. Continue reading