YEREVAN, October 15. /ARKA/. The National Engineering Laboratory will start operating at State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) in September 2013, rector Ara Avetisyan told ARKA.
Memorandum on mutual understanding, which implies opening The National Engineering Laboratory valued at $6.1 million at State Engineering University of Armenia, was signed on 4 May 2012 between Education and Science Ministry of Armenia, the U.S. Embassy, USAID and SEUA.
“Re-equipment works will have been launched by November 10, and will have been over by February. After that, in May-June, the laboratory will start functioning in an experimental mode, and will operate completely since September,” Avetisyan said.
According to him, much work must be done. It is necessary to create modern infrastructure, equip the laboratory with modern technology, train professors.
On his side, National Instruments company’s academic program coordinator Amalya Mkhitaryan said the main goal of the laboratory is to educate qualified specialists at universities, who will be prepared for the practical work upon their graduation.
The National Engineering Laboratory will be made up of nearly 30 laboratories, which will research over 30 fields. Armenia’s government will be responsible for 20% expenditures, State Engineering University- 10% (extra budgetary funds), National Instruments company- 20%, USAID-the rest.
The laboratory will be located on four floors of the university’s building #10. Its area will be 2,000 sq. meters.
Armenia’s State Engineering University was established in 1933. Over 110,000 students have graduated from it since then. The university offers 31 undergraduate programs, 29 master’s majors, and 17 post-graduate programs. -0-