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On 19 March the European, in partnership with the Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies, launched the EU TUMO Convergence Centre for Engineering and Applied Science. This is a state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ecosystem for young adults in Armenia. The European Union has granted €12.5 million for the project. Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, and Piotr Świtalski, EU Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, were the keynote speakers at the launch ceremony.

ARS_1130_Director Meredith was excited to be present at the launch event: “This centre captures the imagination, the spirit of Armenia – this lies at the heart of the future of the European Union. That’s why we all need to invest in innovation. So far, three EU Commissioners have visited this centre – I don’t know any other centre in any other country visited by three EU Commissioners. This is a tribute to your outstanding work and to the quality of your students. I am very proud to launch this strong investment project on behalf of the EU. This launch takes part at a really important moment in EU-Armenia relations. Investment in innovation and young people is so important, as it is an investment in our future relationship. Armenians are particularly brilliant at STEM and I am sure they will succeed”.

ARS_1101_Ambassador Świtalski welcomed all aspects of expanding Tumo: “Today we are linking Armenia with Europe, we are building fusion – what is best in Armenia – Tumo – with what is best in Europe – the EU. We will be expanding Tumo physically by adding a new structure, expanding its philosophy, adding people from new age groups, and stimulating new interests in programmes. Through this project we will try to bridge the gap between science and industry in Armenia”.

ARS_1198_Close to 15,000 square metres of building space will be constructed in Yerevan. The campus will include infrastructure for educational programming such as Tumo Labs, a STEM research laboratory, a conference centre, and a revenue-generating commercial space to ensure the centre’s long-term financial sustainability. Tumo Labs constitute a logical continuation of the Tumo programme, allowing university students and young professionals to gain applied and state-of-the-art skills related to STEM once they reach the age of 18. The centre will be a hub for research, education and start-ups, bringing together local and international partners to bridge the gap between higher education and industry in Armenia. The French University of Armenia is a major partner on the project, and its new Faculty for Informatics and Applied Mathematics will be part of the Convergence Centre.  After the signing event, attendees walked to the site of the future centre and participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking.