Yerevan Polytechnic Institute Committee (YPI)
Established in 1992, the YPI committee works with alumni and friends of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute (YPI) – now the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) – to support the various academic programs, scholarships, and facility renovations.
The YPI Committee was established in 1992, after Armenian gained her independence. Lacking the economical support formerly provided by the Soviet Union, the faculty salary plummeted to $2 per month.
The YPI Committee, collaborating with the YPI Alumni & Friends, started its support by financially assisting the YPI faculty. Thereafter, the committee continued to help the university in publishing technical books, providing computers and securing funds for essential renovations of deteriorating structures. Distinguished scientists from Armenia received grants and have been recognized for their contributions in different fields of science. In 1999, the YPI Committee began to raise funds for student scholarships and helped 15 students attend the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. The number of scholarships has grown tremendously with each passing year. In 2007, the committee’s raised funds approached $80,000 and covered more than 135 scholarships for bright but needy students who were attending the SEUA Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Kapan, and Goris campuses.
Starting in 2006, the committee, working with YPI Alumni & Friends, launched the Polytechnic Educational Technology (PET) Project. Within two years, $65,000 was collected for this project. Twelve new online classrooms were furnished, equipped and started functioning at SEUA and one Smart classroom at the Gyumri campus.
On Nov 3, 2007, AESA and the local Armenian community celebrated the 75th anniversary of YPI and 15th of the YPI Alumni & Friends. The jubilee banquet was honored by the presence of SEUA President Prof. Vostanik Marukhyan and greeted by representatives of local academic and engineering circles. The event was covered through local Armenian papers, electronic media, and Armenian television. Donations during the banquet included video conferencing equipment for SEUA and $5,000 donation toward establishing a new on-line classroom for the Vanadzor campus.