Yeghoyan Discusses Gyumri IT Center in Talk at AMA

Yeghoyan Discusses Gyumri IT Center in Talk at AMA

By Contributor on October 31, 2014

WATERTOWN, Mass.–A gathering of approximately 60 business people and
technical developers gathered at the Armenian Museum of America (AMA)
in October to learn about services offered by the Gyumri Information
Technology Center (GITC) in Gyumri, Armenia. Amalya Yeghoyan, GITC’s
executive director, outlined both GITC’s training program and the
software and computer services offered to clients worldwide.

GITC director Amalya Yeghoyan at AMA

GITC offers a two-year program of hands-on IT training to qualified
applicants with an existing background in computer science,
electronics, mathematics, or related fields. Students select a focus
either on mobile applications or web development. GITC’s environment
replicates a work environment with daily seven-hour attendance and
strict adherence to professional behavior and dress codes. The second
year includes a co-op program where students work in industry to gain
real-world practical experience. More than 90 percent of GITC
graduates find work in Armenia in their field of study, and no
graduates have left Armenia. Students pay $500 tuition per year, which
is only a fraction of GITC’s real cost per student.

director Amalya Yeghoyan with ABN founder Jack Antounian and attendees

To support their efforts, GITC offers consulting and software
development services to clients, focusing on web development, mobile
applications using the IOS and Android operating systems, software
development, networking, and other services. Currently GITC is serving
clients in Armenia, Russia, Germany, and the U.S. Communication with
GITC may be in English, Russian, or Armenian via e-mail, Skype, or
telephone. Yeghoyan indicated that the per-engineer costs in Armenia
are significantly lower than alternative offshore development centers,
and that GITC is committed to high-quality standards and satisfied
clients.

Yeghoyan’s brief PowerPoint presentation was followed by an
eight-minute video showing GITC’s facilities with testimonies by
students. A question and answer session followed. The presentation was
in English.

GITC was established in 2005 by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR),
the Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Shirak Technologies Ltd., and
donors from Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora to provide an IT
infrastructure in Gyumri and attract businesses. It has now embarked
on an effort to establish a revenue stream to sustain its education
programs.

Additionally GITC, in partnership with the Armenian Educational
Foundation, has reached out to schools in Artsakh (Karabagh) and
Armenia’s border regions with educational programs.

Yeghoyan’s visit to the U.S. was sponsored by FAR. Her presentation in
Watertown was sponsored by AMA, the Armenian Business Network (ABN),
and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
(NAASR). AMA’s director, Berj Chekijian, ABN’s founder, Jack
Antounian, and Yeghoyan’s host, Joseph Dagdigian, offered brief
introductory remarks. AMA, Eastern Lahmajun, and Massis Bakery
supplied some of the refreshments.

For more information on GITC, visit

http://armenianweekly.com/2014/10/31/yeghoyan-discusses-gyumri-center-talk-ama/
http://gitc.am/gitc.

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