Posts Tagged ‘education’

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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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GTech and FAR Gyumri staff meet with Mr. Gyulmezgil.

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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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[FAR Scholarships]: Nishanian Scholars Graduate Gavar State University.

August 2, 2010

For nearly nine years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has implemented the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program in Armenia through FAR. This program has given more than 50 socially vulnerable students from Gavar State University in the Gegharkunik region and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction the opportunity to continue on to higher education.

This year, 12 of the program’s 53 beneficiaries graduated from Gavar State University. One graduate student and seven undergraduate students earned degrees with honors, also known as “Red Diplomas.” Gavar State University Rector Ruzanna Hakobyan, Der Markos Bishop Hovhannisyan, Gegharkunik Diocese Primate, and other guests attended the ceremony. Ruzanna Hakobyan and Der Markos opened the ceremony with their welcome speeches.

While bittersweet, the atmosphere was also exciting and joyful. The 79 graduate students and 253 undergraduates had to say farewell to their beloved university, yet they were also proud. They are now able to fully contribute to the development of their country with their newly achieved knowledge and skills.

In their speeches, the students thanked first and foremost supporter and friend of GSU Jerair Nishanian, who gave them the opportunity to fulfill their dream and study at the university. Graduates also promised to help students in similar conditions at their first opportunity to do so.  

12 beneficiaries receive diplomas

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[FAR Scholarships]: Nishanian Scholars Graduate Gavar State University.

July 27, 2010

For nearly nine years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has implemented the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program in Armenia through FAR. This program has given more than 50 socially vulnerable students from Gavar State University in the Gegharkunik region and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction the opportunity to continue on to higher education.

This year, 12 of the program’s 53 beneficiaries graduated from Gavar State University. One graduate student and seven undergraduate students earned degrees with honors, also known as “Red Diplomas.” Gavar State University Rector Ruzanna Hakobyan, Der Markos Bishop Hovhannisyan, Gegharkunik Diocese Primate, and other guests attended the ceremony. Ruzanna Hakobyan and Der Markos opened the ceremony with their welcome speeches.

While bittersweet, the atmosphere was also exciting and joyful. The 79 graduate students and 253 undergraduates had to say farewell to their beloved university, yet they were also proud. They are now able to fully contribute to the development of their country with their newly achieved knowledge and skills.

In their speeches, the students thanked first and foremost supporter and friend of GSU Jerair Nishanian, who gave them the opportunity to fulfill their dream and study at the university. Graduates also promised to help students in similar conditions at their first opportunity to do so.

Twelve beneficiaries received their diploma

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[ANSEF]: Lilit Yeghiazarian Meets ANSEF Recipients.

July 23, 2010

On July 20, Lilit Yeghiazarian, PhD and ANSEF Research Council member, met with current and former ANSEF grant winners at FAR’s Yerevan Office. The group discussed ways to improve the ANSEF program, including how to better coordinate the work of different scientific groups, as well as how to properly handle feedback and communication between ANSEF’s Research Council and the scientists who are submitting proposals.

Lilit emphasized the importance of giving young researchers the opportunity to not only pursue, but also improve their work so that they can be a part of Armenia’s next generation of competent scientists. She also thanked everyone for their great contribution, their devotion, and for the high quality of their work.

ANSEF scientists also made suggestions on how to improve the quality of ANSEF and expressed their deep gratitude to the ANSEF Research Council for their support.

Lilit Yeghiazarian met with ANSEF Grant recipients at the Yerevan office

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[FAR Schools]: FAR Secures Funding for School Renovations.

July 22, 2010

FAR recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Open Society Institute, which will help the organization’s efforts to rehabilitate the Gavar Special School and improve its vocational training program.

The school is situated in Gegharkunik Marz, the poorest region in Armenia, and it is the only government-run school in the area targeted to disabled and handicapped children. While staff salaries and utilities are financed by the government, no funding has been dedicated to improving infrastructure until now.

FAR’s efforts will enhance the school’s vocational training in sewing, knitting, embroidery, and wood carving workshops. FAR will also re-establish Gavar’s physical training facility, which is currently devoid of equipment. In addition, the school needs to be made handicapped accessible. Over the next year, this project will help to improve the school’s capacity to serve children in need and help them gain skills they can ultimately use to support themselves.

Gavar’s old courtyard with provisional goal area

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[FAR New York]: Armine Zambak establishes the FAR Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship Fund.

July 21, 2010

The Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) is proud to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support the education of a new generation of political leaders in Armenia. Armine Zambak created the endowment for FAR, transferring financial resources from an existing scholarship program she established in 1992 in honor of her late husband, Garabed Zambak. Now, each fall the new FAR Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship Fund will provide full scholarships to four outstanding graduate students at Armenian universities who have demonstrated a commitment to political science or public administration, and who wish to pursue a career in politics.

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Armine and Garabed Zambak

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Credit: Armine and Garabed Zambak Family Archive

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[FAR Scholarships]: Mathevosian Medical Residents To Be Selected Later This Month.

July 8, 2010

Students graduating from Yerevan State Medical University convened in the university’s main conference hall last week to learn about how to complete their clinical residencies. FAR used this opportunity to share information about the Mathevosian Scholarship Program, which specifically supports students who are pursuing their studies at Yerevan State University. All YSMU medical students were encouraged to apply. Applicants will be selected at the end of July.

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[FAR Schools]: New Computers Will Benefit Gavar #1 Special School.

July 7, 2010

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author of The Knock at the Door who traveled to Armenia in April, recently donated brand new computers to the Gavar #1 Special School.

Ms. Ahnert visited the school as well as some other FAR projects after presenting the Armenian translation of her book at the Genocide museum in Yerevan. She was compelled to give after meeting with the 80 disabled children who attend the school, talking with them, and learning about their interests and hobbies.

Until now, the school has only had two worn out machines to work from. All of us at FAR would like to express our gratitude for this generous donation. These new computers are sure to be utilized and enjoyed by students for years to come.

New Computers at the Gavar Special School

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[FAR Schools]: Gavar Special School Renovations in Progress.

June 16, 2010

Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started. The school’s Recovery Physical Therapeutic Center, which caters to children with mental and physical disabilities, is expected to be updated with modern amenities and equipment by the time the new year starts in September thanks to FAR’s support. These renovations will make it possible for children in need of such support to stay at their home school for treatment instead of spending valuable time and resources searching for alternative facilities for help.

This week, FAR staff members Edik Karapetyan and Hambardzum Simonyan along with Chief Engineer Harutyun Hovsepyan paid a visit to Gavar and were able to see some of the progress made on the construction since their previous visit in April. They were joined by the Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian from St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, a member of the Armenian Church’s Supreme Spiritual Council, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Father Aren is aware of the school’s issues after having spent one year in the region as the Spiritual Father of Gegharkunik Diocese by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian visits Gavar

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Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started

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