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Observation of domestic news 


Here I share some of my observations over some domestic news related to Applied Science Managment issues in Armenia.



The Economic Situation in Armenia - Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
 31 august 2017

The Report mentioned in the title of this post and Figure 7 brought below signifies issues related with quality of management of innovations in Armenia. Issue that should be in focus of Armenian Diaspora as in Russia and America, so and in Europe (France).



Most probably

15 august 2015

Most probably, significant shifts in Armenian Scientific and Innovation system shall start to take place in autumn 2015. It is hard to predict significance of those shifts. At least things shall approach to a bifurcation point.

 


Recently, December 2011, I gave an extended interview to Yerevan State University monthly newspaper concerning perspectives of integration of an R&D Corporation along with its Corporate Governance system into Yerevan State University governance frames, the interview is in Armenian:

YEREVANI HAMALSARAN #10
Release Date: 08.12.2011
Page 4: download. Alternative download.
 
You may also be interested in round table discussions concerning the similar topic, I participated to years ago when for short period of time I was consulting State Committee of Science of Rep. of Armenia, the round table discussion are published in Russian.

ПРОРЫВ АЛЬТЕРНАТИВЫ НЕ ИМЕЕТ
Тhursday, 22 May 2008, Голос Армении, # 142, 26.12.2009, Электронная версия: link.
 


Ministry of Education & Science of Republic of Armenia published list of winners of national competition for newly chartered State Funded Grant Program called "Subject Funding"


On 4 March 2011 the Ministry of Education and Science of Rep. of Armenia published a list of winners of national competition for newly chartered State Funded Grant Program called "Subject Funding".  Government officials claim that they conducted merit based competition via semi-international reviewing process, 100 projects were selected out of 541 proposals. For the first time in the history of Ministry of Science & Education of Republic of Armenia grant proposals were collected not only in Armenian language but in English language as well (a significant administrative progress I should say).


Key shortcoming of the projects: Low funding, but

nonetheless topically from commercialization point of view they may represent some value.


I selected 20 projects out of that list, which in my view have some potential in presenting commercial value. Parties interested in the list can contact me within frames of the Ayk's services.




New supporting  program for Junior Scientists of Ministry of Education & Science of Republic of Armenia


On 23 November 2010 the Ministry of Education and Science of Rep. of Armenia announced national competition for Junior Scientists Supporting Program (deadline for proposals submission 23 December 2010). The competition details are detailed in an explanatory guide on Armenian language over 24 pages, a similar program was previously jointly initiated by State Committee of Science and National Foundation of Science & Advanced Technologies: Early Career Support Program-2009).


Key shortcoming of the program: Low funding.

Preservation of the Low funding 'strategy' along with infrastructure related uncertainties of the Armenian Scientific Institutions may detour plans of preservation and proliferation of the Scientific Heritage of the Second Armenian Republic.




DigiTech Expo 2010 in Yerevan, Armenia
 
From  20 October to 31 October an Expo: DigiTech Expo 2010, was organised in Armenian capital Yerevan targeted at advertisement of Armenian companies active in IT sector.

The key specific characters of the Expo in my view are:

  • Reliable Hardware developing companies were quite few.
  • Majority of companies dominating in Armenian IT sector are not centered at development and production of Final Products in Armenia and predominantly operate via Net Marketing schemes.
  • Services dominate over Market Ready Products development.
  • Full Product development culture is still in infancy.
 
I will be glad to share more optimistic comments next time.


Curious news from Ministry of Education & Science of Republic of Armenia

On 21 October 2010 the Ministry of Education and Science of Rep. of Armenia announced national competition for newly chartered State Funded Grant Program called "Subject Funding" (deadline for proposals submission 20 November 2010). The competition details are quite well rendered on Armenian language over 20 pages explanatory guide (though issues over legal status of intellectual property expected to be created in frames of the program are absolutely not highlighted), for the first time International Reviewing is supposed to be carried out for this array of State Funded Projects.
 
Key shortcoming of the program: Low funding.
 
Actually, it looks like that the Government does not venture to pass from the Survival Policy to Development Policy (the salaries of the program are very small) even after establishment of Newly Created science governing body within Ministry of Science & Education: State Committee of Science, what a pity, indeed. Fare distribution of funds is still an option in Armenia; probably, at this stage, the program targets at solution of that problem.