On 23 November, the American Councils for International Education Armenia, in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) and with the support of the US Embassy in Yerevan, organized the third and fourth roundtable discussions of the four-part series “Connecting Champions for Workforce Development” at DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan City Centre.
The 3rd event’s topic was Armenian Start-up and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
The 4th event’s topic was “Education in Workforce Development.”
The two roundtables’ objective was to identify:
The start-up entrepreneurship ecosystem: support, policy, and influence, including USG alumni
Education and workforce development: examining the k-16+ pipeline
The roundtables aim to bring together champions/advocates from various sectors to define the opportunities and pressing needs of 21st-century workforce development in Armenia and provide recommendations to better address the needs of the private sector and the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in Armenia’s economy.
American Councils and AmCham were delighted to welcome Mr. Hayk Margarian, Director of the National Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SNCO, Ministry of Economy of RA on the 3rd event where he presented the Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystem in Armenia.
During the 4th event, a presentation on Education in Workforce Development was delivered by Mr. Artur Martirosyan, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports of the RA.
Prior to the roundtables, American Councils has disseminated a survey to AmCham member companies to gather information on the pressing needs in workforce development in Armenia. The key findings and recommendations have served as a basis for identifying the topics of the series of roundtables. During the series of roundtables, the representatives of AmCham companies and members of the USG alumni network, Higher Education Institutions were provided an opportunity to engage in a fruitful dialogue, offering input and feedback to help define the needs of the 21st-century workforce in Armenia.
The series of roundtables are part of the U.S. Embassy Yerevan-funded project: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Networking Fund. The cross-cutting goal is to ensure that Alumni of U.S. government exchanges can continue to contribute to the ever-changing needs of the workforce, entrepreneurial activity, and higher education in Armenia.