The educational system is very important for facing the challenges and take advantage of opportunities, especially the transformation of the higher education system according to new educational models. On the way of transformation education-production and public-private cooperation is very important. The newly opened Smart Solutions Center is the result of this collaboration and a vivid example of the social responsibility program of private companies.
At the first stage, the Smart Solutions Center plans to implement master’s and vocational training, interdisciplinary training programs, and later on it will be supplemented by bachelor’s programs, research and startup ecosystems.
This year, in the first phase of the project, three laboratories have been set up in two auditoriums equipped with state-of-the-art equipment:
The programs will have tree directions: theoretical, practical and R&D, preparing students as much as possible for highly demanding interdisciplinary work. In Smart Solutions Center it is planned to create 15-20 classrooms equipped with modern laboratories and modern content within 3-4 years, and train the NPUA lecturers. Areas of study include cybersecurity, microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, Internet of Things (including smart city, smart home), state-of-the-art communication, self-contained devices, information technology, and more.
Smart Solutions Center
Smart Solutions Center opened in National Polytechnic University of Armenia
The Smart Solutions Center was founded in collaboration with the Union of Employers of Information and Communication Technologies (UEICT) and the National Polytechnic University of Armenia. The general partner of the initiative is VivaCell-MTS. Partners are Synopsys Armenia and Unicomp.
During the period of the 4th industrial revolution, professions not existing until now are becoming popular, and according to studies, 65% of school children will work in professions that do not exist today. This situation is a good opportunity for Armenia to position itself in the newly emerging sectors of the economy where great surplus value is created. The role of basic education and the ability of engineers to master the number of related specialties has increased substantially. In its turn, digitalization and mass use of high technology in all sectors of the economy and the public sector will bring new demands on professionals working in these sectors, forcing them to acquire knowledge in ICT and related specialties.