TUMO Center for Creative Technologies
Technological advancement in Armenia is reaching new heights and the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is the most prominent example of it.
Envy of the Tech Industry
During her recent visit to Armenia, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, expressed her astonishment with the technological advancement of the country. As she stepped into the building of Tumo she declared that the center isn’t only a major advancement for Armenia, but for the international community as well.
TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is an educational center in Armenia that according to Angela Merkel has transformed into a philosophy. The educational centers of the tech world in South Korea and Sweden try to recreate the success of TUMO due to the quality of knowledge and the creativity in the mundane that the establishment passes on to the thousands of its students.
Even 21-time Grammy award winning musician, Kanye West, expressed how impressed he was with the way the establishment functioned and with the creativity of its students. The famous musician visited several workshops including one about animation and music.
History of TUMO
As of 2016 over 7,000 students had enrolled in the TUMO center located in Yerevan and thousands more in the centers in Gyumri, Dilijan and Stepanakert. The construction of the center started back in 2003, yet the opening took place much later on August 14, 2011. During the opening ceremony the lead vocal of System of a Down, Serj Tankian performed and open air concert along with the band that once participated in Eurovision, Dorians.
TUMO is the creation of a husband and a wife, Sam and Sylva Simonian. The Simonian Foundation is behind funding the center with all its programs and as the CEO, Marie Lou Papazian, became the managing director of TUMO.
Model for Education Centers around the World
In February TUMO received the Chairman's award for their contribution in the mission of “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age” at the 2018 Global World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad, India. The center has marked its place in the IT world not only in Armenia, but also worldwide due to its unique educational system.
The students are allowed to advance forward with their own pace and based on their individual preferences. While given a very flexible framework, the main focus areas for the students are animation, game development, web development, and digital media. In the very beginning the students are encouraged to try all four of the available areas and only after - make a decision to focus on one.
Students are also given a chance to learn supporting technical, artistic and professional skills aside from the main curriculum. As they develop their skills, TUMO shares their achievements on their platform giving a chance to their digital portfolios to shine in front of a bigger audience.
Photo Credits: TUMO.org