NATIONAL COLLABORATIONS FOR ALL UNIVERSITIES
AUA ARENAS FOR COLLABORATION
AUA COLLABORATION SUPPORT
GLO Collaborative Tools
Examples of tools that are possible to use and develop further:
- Initiative Seminar
Open active seminars with a transformative focus, inspirational invited speakers and creative dialogues, aim to identify partners dedicated to participating in active collaboration.
- Shared research labs
For example, living labs between actors in focus areas. This can involve shared research labs between universities and higher education and industry in the areas of focus.
- STEM happy hour
- Impact lab
Modelled after D.School at Stanford and Challenge lab at Chalmers, the development of a formal ‘forum’ to accept “challenges” from companies/government that need transformative solutions and engagement of students and teachers from different backgrounds using back-cast methodology.
- Novel funding models between university and industry.
For example, a multi-cross-cut-collaboration where strategic and operational level is combined in a matrix collaboration enabling agile development.
- After School Opportunities
This could involve the development of programs for university students and representatives from industry mentor and teach middle and high school students in after-school and summer programs to encourage study of difficult subjects such as math and physics.
For example, startup companies at Engineering City are preparing toolkits for middle and high schools to introduce students to foundational engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Through the Ministry of Education, these toolkits can be made available to schools throughout Armenia—and especially in the rural areas—and mentor teachers can be identified to work with industry and higher education to become skilled in utilizing these new tools.
Given the shortage of trained teachers in STEM courses in middle and high schools, and the lack of laboratories especially in the rural areas, additional educational resources can augment the current teachers’ education opportunities by offering them e-learning interactive content. This is intended to complement and extend the offerings traditionally provided by the teachers and deliver it in the physical classroom in a blended (hybrid) model.
The creation of innovation hubs can be profiled and show impact. Hubs can focus on areas where Armenia wants to be known, particularly for addressing hard problems that global industry is looking to solve: AI, Machine Learning, etc. Researchers, faculty, students, and industry representatives working in AI or ML could come together regularly to meet, share ideas, and work on solutions for industry, innovations or regional clusters.
- Business plan competitions and hackathons
Business plan competitions and hackathons can be sponsored with local and global VCs as judges.
- Monthly “meet-ups” are open to entire Yerevan technological community
- Engagement of diaspora/alumni
Develop a coordinated approach by government, HEIs and industry to expand the engagement of the Armenian diaspora to support growing technology in the country:
- Leverage international technology companies that have Armenians in senior management, to encourage divisions or key work groups to move to Armenia
- Develop a campaign to educate Armenian-heritage faculty and technology workers abroad about developments and opportunities in Armenia, including increased interactions with HEI alumni abroad
- Showcase Armenia
To attract more success and publicize current successes, together with government and industry, there could be the development of a national campaign to identify and advertise real tech stars/successes; a ‘technology bus’ showcasing Armenia’s tech successes targeting audiences at home and abroad, coupled with at least a year-long media campaign extolling tech as a rewarding future, aimed at parents, students and the public at large.