Life Beyond Work: Hovik Musayelyan Involved in Philately for around 30 Years.



What is philately? Is it a hobby, a business or art? What is the true meaning and mission of e world of stamps? These and other questions were answered by the company Director Hovik Musayelyan, during an interesting interview for Life Beyond Work section of “In-Touch” Synopsys Armenia internal newsletter. Continue reading

“Inventory” of IT resources, efficient education, and we can turn the world over. Hovik Musayelyan interviewed Hovik Musayelyan, Director of “Synopsys Armenia” about the current situation, challenges and strategies of IT sector.
Q: Mr. Musayelyan, IT sector is considered one of the relatively fast growing branches in Armenia. How do you evaluate its current state, if compared with global developments? Do we keep pace or do we “run” behind the developments?
A: When we talk about the development of the IT sector, the competitive advantages we have, we should always specify what sector of IT we are talking about. In particular, if we are talking about the design of microelectronic circuits, we have obvious advantages here: two of the three world giants have their own R&D centers in Armenia, while the other branches of this field enjoy relative success. Continue reading

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


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



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, 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