Because Education Matters
University Computer Programs Degree
In May 2013 the Armenian Educational Foundation announced that is funding a 4 year Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree program, in Stepanakert State University (the University) in Artsakh. The funding was to help finance computer hardware, software, instructor salaries, and student scholarships and start a four year Computer Information Science degree program with the aim of promoting IT, modern technology and employment and empowerment in Artsakh.
AEF recognized the importance of economic development for Artsakh and believed that this project will have a big impact in developing the infrastructure needed to bring information technology companies to Artsakh.
Every year, AEF representatives meet with the University representatives and students registered in the new CIS program and receives updates on the progress of the program. The first class admitted to the program was comprised of 23 students. The program that started with support from AEF has grown and currently, interest in the CIS program has increased to the level that the program had the second highest number of applicants at the university. In total 87 students are registered in first through fourth year programs, including those who had to take a sabbatical from their studies to serve in the army.
International companies have offices in Artsakh and offer employment to students of the CIS program and currently a number of students are employed at international companies with offices in Artsakh and is anticipated that these students will receive full time employment upon graduation. The high demand for IT graduates has caused increase in number of applicants and the university administration is expecting higher number of applicants and growth in this program in the future.