Archive for the ‘Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech)’ Category

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[GTech]: GTech Concludes Training Program.

December 23, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

After completing a specialized training program, six of Gyumri’s IT specialists are now qualified IT teachers. This program, a joint initiative between Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) and USAID-funded Competitive Armenian Private Sector (CAPS) began in March with the aim of training IT specialists from Gyumri to become instructors at GTech. This opportunity not only opens up job prospects for some of these specialists, it will also strengthen GTech’s staff.

Marina Bazayeva and Amalya Yeghoyan
(from Left to right)

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

Program graduates Narek Tadevosyan, Suren Gharagyozyan, Edgar Mughnetsyan, Vahram Muradyan, Arman Hovhannisyan and Aram Harutyunyan, attended Gyumri Engineering University and Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute before enrolling. All graduates will be involved in the teaching process at GTech beginning in 2011.

Narek Tadevosyan, Suren Gharagyozyan,
Edgar Mughnetsyan, Vahram Muradyan,
Arman Hovhannisyan (from left to right) 

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

GTech also holds refresher courses in advanced network technologies for licensed instructors. Hovhannes Atoyan and Simon Eliazyan recently completed this training.

Hovhannes Atoyan and Simon Eliazyan

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

GTech’s administration thanks USAID/CAPS for financing and supporting this project and congratulates all of these new instructors.  

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[GTech]: GTech Opens a New Laboratory.

November 17, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

The Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) recently unveiled its brand new Sun Laboratory on November 13. Guests, students, FAR and GTech staff members, along with journalists, celebrated during the opening ceremony.

The new laboratory, which is dedicated to its benefactors Dikran and Nadya Gyulmezgil, will enable GTech students to learn the new Solaris operation system. GTech’s executive director, students and staff members all showed their appreciation.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Gyulmezgil for opening the Sun laboratory, which, by enabling us to learn the Solaris system allows us to apply our theoretical knowledge in a practical way. It’s another way that GTech gives us a unique opportunity to become competitive IT specialists,” said Sirarpi Manukyan, a second-year student in the Web Technologies Department.

The entire staff of GTech thank the donors for their generosity and support.

The New Sun Lab at GTech.

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Credit: FAR Staff

GTech and FAR Gyumri staff meet with Mr. Gyulmezgil.

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[GTech]: Meet Our Staff: Hripsime Papoyan, FAR Web Programmer.

November 8, 2010

Since she was a child, Hripsime Papoyan, 24, has loved the sciences. Growing up in Gyumri, as the daughter of an engineer and a physics teacher, Hripsime was inspired by her parents’ example. When at 14, her mother passed away, leaving she and her brother Hakob to help support their father, Hripsime stayed focused on her future. 

Her passion led her to apply to the State Engineering Institute of Armenia’s Gyumri campus (also known as Yerevan Polytechnic University). In 2007, she graduated from the Department of Artistic Design and Light Industry Production and immediately applied to FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech), where she aimed to focus on computer programming.

“GTech was the chance for me to really narrow my studies and focus on the specialty I’d developed a strong interest in during my university years. It also gave me the chance to gain the practical skills I needed,” Hripsime said.

After studying for two years in GTech’s Web Technology Department, Hripsime was offered a job as FAR’s web programmer, working with many colleagues out of GTech’s offices in Gyumri. “For me, GTech is my second home,” she confessed. “It is not only a nice work environment, but also inspires a certain closeness and camaraderie with my co-workers.”

Hripsime Papoyan

Hripsime Papoyan

Credit: Levon Lachikyan

Recently, Gyumri Day was held in her home city. Hripsime participated in all events, of course. “I love Gyumri and not because it’s my birthplace; it has also enabled me to fulfill my dreams. Furthermore, we Gyumretzi are responsible for our city’s future, as are all Armenians. It is true that Gyumri is still considered a city for the arts, however, I see technological development occupying an integral part of Gyumri’s future.”

Hripsime, of course, intends to be a part of this future. She also has her own formula for reaching her goals: “We should always look for the opportunities life offers us and never hesitate to seize them in time.”

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[GTech]: Gtech Grad Shows His IT Smarts.

November 4, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

Gtech graduate Hovhannes Atoyan on September 28 participated in Synopsys’ Annual International Olympics, an intellectual and academic competition. Hovhannes received the top prize for both the physics and math competitions.

Synopsys Armenia, an IT company, organizes the competition each year. The first rounds take place in various towns around the country, with playoffs held in Yerevan.

Programmers from Europe and from the USA also participated in the contest, testing their knowledge of programs like Verilog, Digital Shemas, Discrete Math, along with physics and theory of probability.

All of us at FAR and Gtech congratulate Hovhannes and wish him the best of luck in the final rounds!

Hovhannes Atoyan Receives The Top Prize
For Physics & Math Competitions

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

FAR, in partnership with several technology companies, created GTech in 2005 with the goal of broadening the skills of young Armenians and expanding opportunities in the region. GTech also helps to bolster development by providing an incubator space for new start up IT businesses.

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[Gtech]: Gtech Students Train Armenia’s Teachers.

October 26, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

As recent graduates of FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center, Suren Gharagyoazyan and Garegin Tonoyan have decided to take their newly earned status as IT professionals to a new level. Just last month, the two joined a teacher-training project sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation.

By signing up to train local teachers how to lead computer classes, participants not only promote computer literacy, but also acquire more hands-on training in the field. The current project enables Suren and Garegin to work in 12 different villages around Vanadzor.

AEF projects are held throughout Armenia and Karabagh. 

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[GTech]: Birthright Armenia Volunteer Assists at GTech.

September 22, 2010

Mark Perdue, a volunteer with Birthright Armenia, is currently spending his two-month-long volunteer assignment at FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center, where he will assist the administration department until the end of October.

Born in Burlingame, Mark graduated from San-Francisco State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in network administration. He now lives in San-Francisco.

“All the people I have met so far in Gyumri, have been some of the must generous and kind people I have come across,” he said when asked about his first impressions. “I was pleasantly surprised upon my first visit to Gtech. The equipment and the employees are top notch.”

Thank you, Mark for your generosity.

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[GTech]: New School Year Begins at Gyumri Information Technology Center.

September 20, 2010

GTech proudly announces the start of its new 2010-2011 academic year. This fall, 29 students are enrolled in GTech’s web technology and computer engineering programs. All newly admitted students completed their preliminary summer session for their program, which enabled them to prepare for their courses in September.

A GTech Class Room

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Last spring, 44 students graduated from the newly re-opened computer engineering department. Most of them have found jobs in the Pool and Virage Logic companies.

GTech welcomes each and every one of these new students and wishes them a great year.

FAR, in partnership with several technology companies, created GTech in 2005 with the goal of broadening the skills of young Armenians and expanding opportunities in the region. GTech also helps to bolster development by providing an incubator space for new start up IT businesses.

A GTech Class Room

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Credit: FAR Staff