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TUMO Center: Local Hub, Global Impact

Feb 19

In recent years Armenia has vigorously accepted the prospects and possibilities of the digital age. Armenia’s intellectual potential puts the country in a prime position to achieve a global tech hub status. TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a key step in these efforts to integrate state-of-the-art technology with local cultural values to provide free education to young people.

 

 

It all started with a dream

Established in Yerevan in 2011, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a non-profit initiative of Sam and Sylva Simonian, a Lebanese Armenian couple who now live in the United States and work in the field of information technology. The Simonians aimed to educate Armenian teens and empower them with 21st-century skills.

The center got its name from Tumanyan Park (named after Hovhannes Tumanyan, a prominent Armenian poet) where it is located.

The winning formula for non-school education used by TUMO is now exported. The first two international centers opened in Paris and Beirut in 2018, with new centers expected to open in Tirana, Berlin, Tokyo, and Kyiv soon.

Today, TUMO has centers in Yerevan, Gyumri, Dilijan, and Stepanakert, with the team planning to add two new locations in the village of Koghb and Masis.

Unrivaled learning experiences

TUMO's teaching approach is highly innovative: it merges tech and art, delivering independent learning activities (e-learning), hands-on workshops, and project labs. From graphic design to animation, film production and game development to programming and 3D modeling, TUMO's curriculum includes 14 major specializations for school-age children. Students develop a variety of transferable skills ranging from creative thinking, teamwork to empathy, and effective communication.

Find out more about Computer Science and Information Technology Degree Programs in Armenia.

Around 19,000 students currently attend TUMO centers. They have had several opportunities to engage in workshops led by Armenian and foreign experts and business representatives.

 

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Celebrities and politicians also like to visit TUMO when they are in Yerevan.  Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Angela Merkel, Serj Tankian, Goran Bregovic, Charles Aznavour, John Malkovich, and others have been TUMO’s guests. Many delivered master classes and lectures sharing insights on technology and art with students.

 

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