Armenia’s Technology Future (ATF)

Armenia’s Technology Future (ATF) is a joint effort based on interviews with stakeholders representing government agencies and ministries, with interests in technological development, secondary and higher educational institutions, scientific research institutes, institutional stakeholders, and various industry representatives. The input from these interviews provided the basis for an expert panel that identified recommendations for projects necessary to improve ATF. The recommendations from the ATF Panel were derived in an open process with all stakeholder involvement with tangible objectives. The ATF process consists of five Future Directions where all universities in Armenia are encouraged to contribute with their own profiles and collaborate with these profiles, resulting in a joint effort in co-creation between universities. At AUA, the profile projects in the five Future Direction activities will be visualized under the Activity Pages for Focus Directions, and each in greater detail under the internal Platform Communication pages. The development of the Future Directions is followed by annual meetings by a stakeholder group to assess the progress of the ATF process.  

The Focus Directions envision various interventions, including “Initiative Seminars” that provide an open process to invite new partners and to find inspiration for the upcoming focused priorities. The Focus Direction teams are composed of various stakeholders within the domain of each particular Direction. They select their own strategic yearly goals, after input from their network and a dialogue with involved universities. The strategic goals are expected to consider both inside-out and outside-in perspectives, as well as the development and use of strategic tools and transferable skills. Each Focus Direction has committed to produce a yearly progress report in both Armenian and English. 

The Focus Directions represent development areas where complex challenges that need solutions to enable Armenia to prosper are identified. The solutions require both disciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, as well as stakeholder collaboration, to achieve impact. The process needs to be open and quality driven, where wins in early stages are used to build confidence and where additional long-term high impact goals can be achieved. The Focus Directions are change-driven that will require leadership and leadership training for management, transformation, product development, mentoring, teaching, and building capacity and impact. Each Focus Direction will coordinate the development and strategic mapping of grants and relevant opportunities for that particular Direction.