Tumo Center of Creative Technologies Marks 1 Year Anniversary with Acheivements

An innovative, open media studio in the heart of Yerevan opened its doors to Armenian teenagers on August 14, 2011. Today, a year later, the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies has much to boast about, including a creative contribution to the official video for a world-class musician – Serj Tankian.

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Entry Level Professors Worth Only $405 in Armenia

A group of young academics have been demanding an increase to state subsidization of science and education in Armenia. They have created a Facebook group, organized a number of discussions to formulate and put forward their demands. President of Armenia met the group last year and said instead of demanding an increase of funding, the young scientists should think of better utilizing the funding available to them already. This is surely, a valid statement. However,…

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“How much is it for a 5 in maths?”

I never went to school in Armenia but there are several important differences between the two systems. The most shocking thing is about the fact that in the little ex soviet republic, the students can buy their notes. This practice is not used or tolerated in Switzerland. The price of the notes depends on the importance of the exam. Armenian teachers act this way because they are often underpaid. Unfortunately, this way of education is…

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September 1st – Start of Academic Year

The new academic year means a lot of happy faces, cheerful children and students first-graders happy and proud of themselves for having made it. The start of the academic year means new clothes, and new stationaries and first “gifts” to the school teachers, and starting to learn how to find your way around without having to learn anything!? The start of the new academic year means endless traffic jams around educational institutions created by proud…

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The Heros of Our Times

ICHD blog has published an interesting article about the changes int he value systems in Armenia, whereby children are dreaming of becoming “police officers, and ‘akhrannik'[bodyguards]”, and draws parallels with the Soviet times: …We dreamed of becoming Gagarin, and they’d tell us, that we must study well to make it; we wanted to be like Sakharov, they’d keep repeatling: learn, learn, learn… By an interesting coincidence Armenia blog had posted photos of Armenian bodyguards on…

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