National Polytechnic University of Armenia

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National Polytechnic University of Armenia
Պոլիտեխնիկ, Մասնաշենք` երկրորդ.JPG
Type Public
Established 1933
Chancellor Vostanik Marukhyan[1]
Students about 10000[2]
Location Yerevan, Armenia
40°11′27.99″N 44°31′23.19″E / 40.1911083°N 44.5231083°E / 40.1911083; 44.5231083Coordinates: 40°11′27.99″N 44°31′23.19″E / 40.1911083°N 44.5231083°E / 40.1911083; 44.5231083
Campus Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Kapan
Nickname Polytechnic
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The National Polytechnic University of Armenia (Armenian: Հայաստանի ազգային պոլիտեխնիկական համալսարան, formerly State Engineering University of Armenia), is a technical university located in Yerevan, Armenia. Established as the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1933, it provides educational and research programs in various fields of technology and science related to engineering. The University includes a Central Campus in Yerevan and Branch Campuses located in Gyumri, Vanadzor and Kapan. Currently there are more than 8,000 students and more than 750 faculty members.

General information[edit]

National Polytechnic University of Armenia is the legal successor of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, which was founded in 1933 having only 2 faculties and 107 students. The institute grew along with the Republic’s industrialization pace and in 1980-1985 reached its peak with about 25 000 students and more than 65 majors, becoming the largest higher education institution in Armenia and one of the most advanced engineering schools in USSR. On November 29, 1991, the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute was reorganized and renamed State Engineering University of Armenia (NPUA). In 2005, by the Resolution of the RA Government the traditional name "Polytechnic" was returned to the University as an acronym. In 2015 State Engineering University od Armenia was reorganized and renamed National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA).

Main entrance to the central campus of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia in Yerevan

During 80 years of its existence, the University has given nearly 120 thousand graduates who have contributed greatly to the development of the industry forming once powerful engineering manpower and technology base of Armenia.

National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA) is the leader of technological education and research in Armenia and one of the leading technological universities in the region. Nowadays, besides of modern technological education NPUA provides its graduates also business and management skills. The academic activities are combined with a wide range of research and development programs.

At present NPUA has over 8 thousand students. The number of the regular academic staff of the University exceeds 750, most of them with Degrees of candidate or Doctor of Science. With its developed research system and infrastructure the University is nationally recognized as the leading center in technical sciences. Today the University in its central campus located in Yerevan and the Branch Campuses – in Gyumri, Vanadzor and Kapan, accomplishes 4 study programs of vocational, higher and post-higher professional education, conferring the qualification degree of junior specialist, bachelor, master and researcher. Besides the degree programs, the University also offers extended education courses by means of its faculties and a network of continuing education structures. The specialization scope of the university includes all the main areas of engineering and technologies represented by 43 Bachelor’s and 26 Master’s specializations in Engineering, Industrial Economics, Engineering Management and Applied Mathematics offered by the following divisions:

  • Chemical Technologies and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Machine Building
  • Mining and Metallurgy
  • Cybernetics
  • Power Engineering
  • Radio Engineering and Communication Systems
  • Computer Systems and Informatics
  • Transportation Systems
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mechanics and Machine Study
  • Correspondence Education
  • Foreign Students
  • Armenian National Engineering Laboratories

The University besides the degree programs offers extended education courses by means of its faculties and a network of continuing education structures. It includes Microsoft IT Academy, Cisco Network Academy, Autodesk Authorized Training Center, Kaspersky Lab Training Laboratory, Bauman University Distance Education Center, Testing Centre and etc..

NPUA is a multinational and multicultural institution with long-standing traditions. The Division of Foreign Students is responsible for foreign students’ educational process and renders to assist their everyday needs. NPUA provides the necessary academic framework for the quality education of foreign students and completely English taught Bachelor of Engineering (BE) study programs for international students in the following specialties:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Informatics and Computer Science
  • Information Technologies
  • Information Security
  • Technologies & Equipment of Machine Building Industry
  • Machine Building & Material Drafting
  • Electric Power Engineering
  • Atomic Power Stations
  • Power Productive Technologies & Power Management
  • Electronics and Microelectronics
  • Radio Engineering and Communication
  • Electrical Engineering and Electro mechanics

NPUA is within good collaboration with Industrial Partners such as SYNOPSYS-Armenia CJSC, National Instruments AM and etc.. NPUA Interdepartmental Chair of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems and Armenian National Engineering Laboratories (ANEL) are good examples of NPUA productive cooperation with industrial partners.

NPUA Interdepartmental Chair of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems prepares highly qualified specialists in the field of VLSI design and EDA who will meet the specific requirements of semiconductor and IT companies.

“Armenian National Engineering Laboratories” (ANEL) is a part of well developed infrastructure. ANEL is a center of excellence that hosts 34 state-of-the-art education and research laboratories. These labs are equipped with modern computerized measurement and control devices. They enable students to work on high-end practical diploma and thesis projects and enable faculty to conduct with the high-end practical researches.

The Research Division of the University involves a number of research laboratories and scientific groups that implement more than 45 research projects financed from the state budget as well as by different international grants. Hundreds of researchers, engineers and graduate students are committed to meet the industrial and scientific needs within their respective focus areas. Many of the projects underway at the NPUA laboratories are carried out in close collaboration with industries in Armenia and abroad. Special emphasis is put on faculty and student involvement in research activities – the University views it as the most efficient way to ensure the highest quality of teaching and to prepare industry-ready engineering graduates. The University has a leading role in the reformations of the higher education system in Armenia. NPUA was the first HEI in RA that introduced two and then three level higher education systems, implemented the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in harmony with the developments of the Bologna Process. The University is a member of European University Association (EUA), Mediterranean Universities Network, Technical Universities Association, CIS Network Open University, Black sea Universities Network, is involved in many European and other international academic and research programs. The University aspires to become an institution, where the entrance and educational resources are accessible to diverse social and age groups of learners, to both local and international students, as well as to become an institution, which is guided by global prospective and moves toward internationalization and European integration of its educational and research systems.



International contacts[edit]

At present, the map of NPUA’s international cooperation includes:

  1. China China
    • University of Jilin
    • Shangha Institute of Electric Power
    • Huazhong Technical University
  2. Finland Finland
    • Central Ostrobotnia Polytechnic
  3. France France
    • Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Marseille (ESIM)
    • Université Paris XII – Val de Marne
    • Université de Provence (Aix – Marseille I)
    • Université de la Méditerranée (Aix – Marseille II)
    • Université de Droit, d’Economie et des Sciences
    • Chamber of Commerce (Marseille)
  4. Germany Germany
    • Technological University of Ilmenau
    • Institute of Optoelectronics (Wesling)
    • Technical Universities of Stuttgart and Darmstadt.
  5. Greece Greece
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    • National Technical University of Athens
    • Technological Eduicational Institute of Piraeus
  6. Italy Italy
    • "La Sapienza" University
    • "Tor Vergata" University (Rome)
  7. Portugal Portugal
    • Technical University of Lisbon
  8. Russia Russia
    • Moscow Institute of Energetics
    • Bauman Technical University (Moscow)
    • Moscow Technical University of Communication and Informatics.
  9. Spain Spain
    • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    • Alicante University
  10. Sweden Sweden
    • Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)
    • Lund University
  11. Syria Syria
    • University of Damascus.
  12. Ukraine Ukraine
    • National Technical University of Ukraine (Kiev)
    • Ukrainian State Academy of Light Industry (Kiev)
  13. United Kingdom United Kingdom
    • Brunel University of West London
    • The Queen’s University of Belfast
    • Universities of Wolverhampton and Huddersfield
  14. United States United States
    • California State Polytechnical University (Pomona)
    • New Jersey Institute of Technology
    • Purdue University (Indiana)
    • Southern University Baton Rouge
    • Grambling State University and Southern University New Orleans (Louisiana)


  • Hovhannes Babajanyan 1934-1936
  • Hmayak Ghondakhchyan 1936-1937
  • Ashot Meliqjanyan 1937 from August to October
  • Misak Petrosyan 1937-1946
  • Petros Melqonyan 1946-1965
  • Ashot Aslanyan 1965-1966
  • Artsrun Gasparyan 1966-1980
  • Rafayel Movsisyan 1980-1988
  • Yuri Sargsyan 1988-2006
  • Vostanik Marukhyan 2006-2011
  • Ara Avetisyan 2011-2014
  • Hovhannes Tokmajyan 2014-2015
  • Vostanik Marukhyan 2015-current

Notable alumni[edit]


  • 1933 February 27. According to the Resolution of the Government of Soviet Armenia, the two Yerevan Institutes of Civil Engineering and Chemical Technology were merged and 1933
  • 1933 March 1 Yerevan Polytechnic Institute (YPI) was established with two faculties: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Chemical Technology.
  • 1933 March 14. In commemoration of 50 years after Karl Marx's death, the Institute was renamed to Yerevan Karl Marx Polytechnic Institute.
  • 1939 Industrial Correspondence Education Institute joined YPI, becoming its Department of Correspondence Education.
  • 1942 September 1 The faculty of Electrical Engineering was founded.
  • 1944 September 1 The faculty of Mechanical Engineering was founded.
  • 1946 Autumn The first Students’ Scientific Conference of the Institute took place.
  • 1947 The Students' Scientific Association of YPI was established.
  • 1953 The Faculty of Mining was founded.
  • 1956 The library reading-hall of YPI with 45 thousand books was opened.
  • 1957 May 1. The first issue of the newspaper §Polytechnic¦ was published.
  • 1959 Leninakan and Kirovakan Branches of YPI were founded.
  • 1961 The Faculty of Automatics and Computing Technics was founded.
  • 1964 The chamber music band of YPI was created.
  • 1966 The Faculty of Automatics and Computing Technics was renamed into the Faculty of Technical Cybernetics.
  • 1972 The Faculty of Radioelectronics was separated from the Faculty of Technical Cybernetics.
  • 1972 The Faculty of Power Engineering was founded.
  • 1972 The Branch of the Faculty of Radioelectronics was founded in Dilidjan.
  • 1974 The Faculty of Social Specialities was established.
  • 1978 The Faculty of Computing Technics was founded based on the faculties of Technical Cybernetics and Radio Engineering.
  • 1978 The Faculty of Radioelectronics was renamed into the Faculty of Radio Engineering.
  • 1985 The Faculty of Transportation was organized with the units separated from the faculties of Machine Building and Mechanical Engineering.
  • 1991 The Stepanakert Branch of YPI was founded in Artsakh. Later in 1993, on its base the Artsakh University was established.
  • 1991 November 29. By the Order No 4 of the RA President, YPI was reorganized into State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA).
  • 1991 December 9. The Resolution No 670 of the RA Government on the establishment of SEUA was adopted, which approved the guidelines of reformations in accordance with the SEUA Master Plan.
  • 1992 The Department of Mathematics was founded by the merger of three Mathematics chairs.
  • 1992 The Department of Social and Political Disciplines was founded, reorganized in 1994 into the Department of Social-Political Disciplines and General Economics.
  • 1994 The Department of Mechanics and Machine Science was created.
  • 1994 The Alumni Association and the Student Council of SEUA were established.
  • 1996 SEUA became a member of the Association of European Universities (AEU).
  • 2001 June. The SEUA Interdepartmental Chair of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems was established based on the Armenian Branch of Leda Systems Co.
  • 2001 July. The Student Career Service Center was founded.
  • 2003 October. The 70-th anniversary of establishing YPI-SEUA was celebrated. The President and the Prime Minister of RA participated in the celebration ceremonies.
  • 2004 September. The University’s historical classroom No 1301 was overhauled and now it serves as an assembly hall for Academic Council sittings and other solemn events.
  • 2005 September. By the resolution of RA Government the traditional name "Polytechnic" was returned to the University as an acronym.
  • 2005 December. The first session of the SEUA new Council was convened, and President of NAS RA Fadey Sargsyan was elected as a Chairman of the Council.
  • 2006 May The SEUA Alumni Union reorganized into Alumni Association, and the Prime Minister of RA A.Margaryan was elected as a President of the Association.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Rector's web page at Armenian)
  2. ^ SEUA webpage, students page (in Armenian)

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