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Idea

Ayb was founded in 2006 by visionaries, who believe education has played a paramount role in their professional and life achievements and wanted to help improve the educational environment in Armenia through joint efforts. Willing to contribute to the development of the country and having numerous other options of investing their time, efforts and funds, Ayb’s founders have chosen the most gratifying and guaranteed way of reforming the country: to create a new culture of learning and to educate a new generation. Ayb’s founders are Armenians of different professions including financiers, entrepreneurs, IT specialists, a clergyman, who all live and work in different corners of the world. Ayb unites people around the idea of education, who realize the prime importance of education as a means of realizing the vision of Armenia and are willing to invest systematically to establish a qualitative, universal, exemplary system of education in the country and to mold an educated and virtuous generation of young people connected to their roots and committed to assume responsibility for the future. Ayb’s idea is to transform our lives and the future of our country through education.

Goal

Ayb Educational Foundation aims to shape a culture of excellence in learning and support the development of education in Armenia. Today, Ayb functions as a leading institutional expert in the field of education. During its ten-year life, Ayb has implemented various projects in the field of education, such as developing and realizing educational reform programs, designing and establishing exemplary learning environments, which serve as the catalyst for changes in the entire educational system of the country. The Ayb programs are a unique combination of the best of Armenian schooling traditions and contemporary learning technologies. We strive to make Armenia a country providing a new high-quality, internationally competitive Armenian educational platform, and thus hold an important place on the international scene of education.

 

Milestones

  • 2006 February
    The steering committee met in Moscow. The decision to establish Ayb Educational Foundation and Ayb ...
    The steering committee met in Moscow. The decision to establish Ayb Educational Foundation and Ayb Club was conceived.
  • 2006 December
    Ayb Educational Foundation was officially established.
    Ayb Educational Foundation was officially established.
  • 2006 December
    Ayb’s first program called Intensive Subject Courses was launched. Within the framework of this ...
    Ayb’s first program called Intensive Subject Courses was launched. Within the framework of this program, Ayb’s educational methodologies were conceived and tested, in particular, the foundation for Ayb's new educational program called Araratian Baccalaureate was laid.
  • 2007 May
    Ayb opened the first Physics AybLab at PhysMath School in Yerevan. As of today, there are 8 AybLabs ...
    Ayb opened the first Physics AybLab at PhysMath School in Yerevan. As of today, there are 8 AybLabs in 4 regions in Armenia.
  • 2007 May
    Ayb Club was officially founded. Today it brings together 36 members from various corners of the ...
    Ayb Club was officially founded. Today it brings together 36 members from various corners of the world.
  • 2007 September
    MIT experts and Ayb members participated in Design Charrette, which took place at MIT. During the ...
    MIT experts and Ayb members participated in Design Charrette, which took place at MIT. During the discussions a number of conceptual proposals were made regarding Ayb Learning Hub.
  • 2007 October
    Ayb made thousands of academic materials of MIT OpenCourseWare website accessible for thousands of ...
    Ayb made thousands of academic materials of MIT OpenCourseWare website accessible for thousands of applicants, students and professors from 33 HEIs in Armenia while not actually being online.
  • 2008 May
    Ayb conducted the first pilot Kangaroo math contest in Armenia. This event marked the beginning of ...
    Ayb conducted the first pilot Kangaroo math contest in Armenia. This event marked the beginning of another important trend for Ayb: participation of Armenian school students in popular international competitions and popularization of mass competitions in Armenia and Artsakh.
  • 2008 June
    Ayb delegation met with Armenian President and Prime Minister to introduce the Ayb Learning Hub ...
    Ayb delegation met with Armenian President and Prime Minister to introduce the Ayb Learning Hub project. As a result, the government confirmed its willingness to support the project.
  • 2009 August
    Ayb granted scholarships to 16 Armenian students. This this initiative, Ayb launched a system of ...
    Ayb granted scholarships to 16 Armenian students. This this initiative, Ayb launched a system of philanthropy which found its continuation and development in the scholarship system at Ayb School.
  • 2009 August
    A series of master classes were held for teachers of various Armenian schools. In the future this ...
    A series of master classes were held for teachers of various Armenian schools. In the future this program developed into master classes in various formats for various audiences.
  • 2010 January
    The Government of the Republic of Armenia decided to allocate 6.5 ha of land adjacent to the Tbilisi ...
    The Government of the Republic of Armenia decided to allocate 6.5 ha of land adjacent to the Tbilisi highway in Yerevan to Ayb Educational Foundation for the implementation of the Ayb Learning Hub project.
  • 2010 July
    The Ayb Learning Hub project became the official research project of the Harvard School of Design. ...
    The Ayb Learning Hub project became the official research project of the Harvard School of Design. Two years later, the project was summed up with a vast publication called “Responsive Learning Environments”.
  • 2010 August
    More than 300 textbooks and manuals of the world’s top publishers were selected and brought to ...
    More than 300 textbooks and manuals of the world’s top publishers were selected and brought to Armenia. The copyrights of four of them were obtained in order to translate and publish them in Armenian.
  • 2010 October
    First-ever All-Armenian Tournament of Young Chemists was held in Armenia for fans of chemistry. It ...
    First-ever All-Armenian Tournament of Young Chemists was held in Armenia for fans of chemistry. It was Ayb’s first Armenian mass contest for school students.
  • 2010 November
    Russian Bear contest was officially held in Armenia for the first time. After Kangaroo, it was the ...
    Russian Bear contest was officially held in Armenia for the first time. After Kangaroo, it was the second international school contest Ayb brought to Armenia and Artsakh.
  • 2010 November
    The construction of the Ayb High School started in the 6.5 hectares of land adjacent to Tbilisi ...
    The construction of the Ayb High School started in the 6.5 hectares of land adjacent to Tbilisi Highway in Yerevan.
  • 2011 October
    The Ayb High School was opened.
    The Ayb High School was opened.
  • 2012 October
    The second building of Ayb High School was opened.
    The second building of Ayb High School was opened.
  • 2013 July
    The Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) and the Ayb Educational Foundation signed a cooperation agreement ...
    The Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) and the Ayb Educational Foundation signed a cooperation agreement on opening a school in Dilijan equipped with the Ayb’s educational technologies.
  • 2013 September
    The Ayb Elementary School was opened.
    The Ayb Elementary School was opened.
  • 2013 September
    The first academic year of the Ayb School in Dilijan began in a temporary building. The construction ...
    The first academic year of the Ayb School in Dilijan began in a temporary building. The construction of the main building of the Dilijan Central School was embarked on.
  • 2013 December
    The Ayb Educational Foundation and MIT agreed on opening two fablabs in Armenia.
    The Ayb Educational Foundation and MIT agreed on opening two fablabs in Armenia.
  • 2014 January
    Collaborating with Cambridge University and University College London Institute of Education, Ayb ...
    Collaborating with Cambridge University and University College London Institute of Education, Ayb Educational Foundation started a large-scale national educational initiative – the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).
  • 2014 January
    The first official meeting of the NPEE initiating group and the leadership of Cambridge ...
    The first official meeting of the NPEE initiating group and the leadership of Cambridge International Examinations and the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University took place.
  • 2014 February
    The University of Cambridge presented the official offer of collaboration to Ayb in the framework of ...
    The University of Cambridge presented the official offer of collaboration to Ayb in the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence.
  • 2014 April
    The Board of Trustees of the Ayb Educational Foundation approved the master plan of the Ayb Learning ...
    The Board of Trustees of the Ayb Educational Foundation approved the master plan of the Ayb Learning Hub.
  • 2014 September
    The Ayb Middle School was opened.
    The Ayb Middle School was opened.
  • 2014 September
    President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan announced the official start of the National Program for ...
    President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan announced the official start of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE).
  • 2014 October
    The textbooks “Mathematics for the IB Diploma. Higher Level 1 and 2,” “Chemistry. The Central ...
    The textbooks “Mathematics for the IB Diploma. Higher Level 1 and 2,” “Chemistry. The Central Science” and “Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology” were made available in Armenian for high school students and teachers in Armenia and abroad.
  • 2014 November
    First-ever “Meghu. Armenian for All” contest was held in Armenia and Artsakh with a record ...
    First-ever “Meghu. Armenian for All” contest was held in Armenia and Artsakh with a record number of participants (around 45,000). Ayb’s Meghu contest was the first to create a high-quality and successful content of a mass competition in the Armenian language.
  • 2014 November
    Ayb became World Robot Olympiad representative in Armenia and the official organizer of the ...
    Ayb became World Robot Olympiad representative in Armenia and the official organizer of the Olympiad’s national phase in our country.
  • 2015 September
    Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), a globally competitive academic program, was introduced at Ayb School. ...
    Araratian Baccalaureate (AB), a globally competitive academic program, was introduced at Ayb School. Thus, the 2015-2016 Ayb School graduates will have an internationally recognized certificate (similar to that of Cambridge A-Level or International Baccalaureate).
  • 2015 September
    The new premises of the Dilijan Central School was officially opened.
    The new premises of the Dilijan Central School was officially opened.
  • 2015 October
    Two fablabs (MIT’s fabrication laboratories) were opened adjunct to the Ayb School in Yerevan and ...
    Two fablabs (MIT’s fabrication laboratories) were opened adjunct to the Ayb School in Yerevan and the Dilijan Central School.
  • 2015 November
    The roadmapping of the international recognition of Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) was held at ...
    The roadmapping of the international recognition of Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) was held at Cambridge.
  • 2015 December
    On December 29, 2015, Minister of Education and Science of Armenia signed the decree which ...
    On December 29, 2015, Minister of Education and Science of Armenia signed the decree which officially recognized Araratian Baccalaureate as an alternative school program in Armenia.
  • 2016 March
    The new phase of Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) teacher trainings carried out within the framework of ...
    The new phase of Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) teacher trainings carried out within the framework of the National Program for Educational Excellence (NPEE) began. The trainings aim to improve teachers’ professional skills.
  • 2016 May
    Ayb School students took first-ever Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) exams, which are accredited by ...
    Ayb School students took first-ever Araratian Baccalaureate (AB) exams, which are accredited by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) as being equivalent to Cambridge A Levels.
  • 2016 July
    For the first time ever in Armenia, the Ayb Educational Foundation held one of the most large-scale ...
    For the first time ever in Armenia, the Ayb Educational Foundation held one of the most large-scale robotics school competitions – the national stage of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).
  • 2016 August
    UK NARIC, UK national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and ...
    UK NARIC, UK national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, found the Araratian Baccalaureate comparable to the British GCE A Level and American Advanced Placement qualifications.
  • 2016 October
    Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the birth of idea of the Ayb Club and the Ayb Educational ...
    Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the birth of idea of the Ayb Club and the Ayb Educational Foundation.
  • 2016 December
    The Armenian government recognized the Araratian Baccalaureate as a state public education program ...
    The Armenian government recognized the Araratian Baccalaureate as a state public education program in Armenia, and the process for schools to join the Araratian Baccalaureate kicked off.
  • 2016 December
    Sona Koshetsyan was appointed Acting Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation.
    Sona Koshetsyan was appointed Acting Executive Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation.
  • 2017 March
    The candidacy phase of the Araratian Baccalaureate program commenced in 21 schools that offer the ...
    The candidacy phase of the Araratian Baccalaureate program commenced in 21 schools that offer the high school program (20 in Armenian regions, one in Stepanakert). These schools will have the chance to be certified as Araratian Baccalaureate schools starting 2018.
  • 2017 March
    The involvement of teachers from Armenia and Artsakh in the Araratian Baccalaureate Professional ...
    The involvement of teachers from Armenia and Artsakh in the Araratian Baccalaureate Professional Teacher Development and Certification Program started.
  • 2017 June
    The Araratian Baccalaureate Professional Teacher Development and Certification Program kicked off ...
    The Araratian Baccalaureate Professional Teacher Development and Certification Program kicked off for 109 participants from Armenia and Artsakh.

Board of trustees

The supreme governing body of Ayb Educational Foundation is the Board of Trustees in which seven Ayb Club members are included on a rotating basis. The Trustees serve a two-year term.

  • Karo Sargsyan

    Russia

    BoT CHAIRMAN
  • Davit Pakhchanyan

    Armenia

    BoT member
  • David Yang

    Russia/USA

    BoT member
  • Ruben Harutyunyan

    Russia

    BoT member
  • Levon Kazaryan

    USA

    BoT member
  • Kharen Musaelian

    USA

    BoT member
  • Vardan Babikyan

    Russia

    BoT member

Team

We are happy that the ideas underlying Ayb have brought together enthusiasts endowed with the best qualities. Ayb people are the key to Ayb’s success.

 

Sona Koshetsyan

Executive Director

Grigor Gabrielyan

Chief Accountant

Meri Mamikonyan

Acting Executive Director; Deputy Director for Finance and Fundraising

Narek Manukyan

Chief of Staff, National Program of Educational Excellence

Fr. Mesrop Aramian

Director, National Program of Educational Excellence

Shoushan Karapetyan

School Contests Project Manager

Thomas J. Samuelian

Head of Araratian Baccalaureate Exams and Recognition Department, NPEE

Tatevik Khalapyan

Financial Coordinator

Arman Nazaryan

NPEE Accountant

Shoghik Mkrtchyan

"Meghu" Project Manager

Lilit Muradyan

Financial Coordinator

Nina Hobosyan

Chemistry Tournament Project Coordinator

Marlena Hovsepyan

Project Coordinator

Gagik Grigoryan

Advisor to Project Manager

Anush Ayvazyan

Officer, Araratian Baccalaureate Schools Integration and Coordination Department, NPEE

Armen Simonyan

Coordinator of Araratian Baccalaureate Exams Procedures, NPEE

Hasmik Kyureghyan

Coordinator/Officer, Department of Continuous Teacher Professional Development, NPEE

Anna Velitsyan

Senior Specialist, Communication and Fundraising

Ani Babayan

Communications Specialist, NPEE

Seda Stamboltsyan

Translator/Editor

Anna Aydinyan

Designer

Sara Navasardyan

HR Specialist

Lilit Harutyunyan

Designer

Anna Hovakimyan

Assistant to Director, NPEE

Anahit Harutyunyan

Araratian Baccalaureate Exams Officer, NPEE

Ruzanna Mayilyan

Junior recognition specialist for AB qualification

Anna Safaryan

Coordinator, NPEE

Inga Nazaryan

Administrative assistant

Lida Arshakyan

Junior Coordinator, NPEE

Anna Mkhitaryan

Project Manager Assistant

Anahit Avalyan

Project Manager Assistant

Marine Saryan

Project Manager Assistant

Shushanna Avalyan

Project Manager Assistant

Manya Khachatryan

Receptionist

Argishti Stepanyan

Coordinator, WRO

Sergey Ghandoyan

Driver-assistant

Arsen Hakobyan

Book-keeper

Masis Zakaryan

Financial Assistant

Alvard Davtyan

Cleaning lady

Anna Gabrielyan

Lawyer

Sharmagh Sacounts

Fundraising specialist

Tsovinar Hayrapetyan

Assistant to Executive Director

Arman Simonyan

Assistant to Program Coordinator, Khan Academy Armenia

Vahe Karapetyan

Website Translator, Khan Academy Armenia

Marine Ghazaryan

Marketing and PR Specialist, Khan Academy Armenia

Shushan Grigoryan

Video Quality Assurance Supervisor, Khan Academy Armenia

Emma Kirakosyan

Website Translator, Khan Academy Armenia

Gayane Aramyan

Project Manager, Khan Academy Armenia

Anush Yedigaryan

Deputy Director; Coordinator at Ayb Club’s Coordinator’s Office

Khachik Makyan

Website Translator, Khan Academy Armenia

Davit Gasparyan

Financial Coordinator at the National Program for Educational Excellence; Head of Financial Department

Armen Shishmanyan

In charge of IT; Network Administrator

Olga Arefeva

Head of Fundraising Department