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President Sarkissian says wants to make Armenia a science and technology hub – Public Radio of Armenia

On November 19, President Armen Sarkissian visited the Quantum Technologies Center at the National University of Singapore, toured the center, and familiarized himself with the activities and programs.

The center was established in 2007 with support from the National Research Foundation of Singapore and the Ministry of Education. As a leading research center, it brings together physicists, computer scientists and engineers to conduct basic research in quantum physics and to develop devices based on quantum phenomena. The world’s leading specialists are invited here.

President Sarkissian met with Professor Chen Tsuhan, Vice President of the National University of Singapore, Professor José Ignacio Latorre, Director of the Center for Quantum Technologies, and Keok Tong Ling, Director of the Smart Nation and Digital Economy Division of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

They briefed President Sarkissian on the centre’s activities and research in various fields, including its applications in medicine.

During the meeting, issues related to mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed, in particular issues relating to the exchange of experience and the implementation of exchange programs for young professionals and scientists.

President Sarkissian introduced the ATOM (Advanced Tomorrow) presidential initiative for the development of science and technology in Armenia, noting that, as a forward-looking program, it will focus on the country’s scientific and technological development, especially artificial intelligence and mathematical modeling. Given that Singapore has a developed quantum ecosystem, the president said they will be happy to have partners from Singapore too. Representatives from Singaporean research centers said they are interested in cooperation and ready to visit Armenia to study and discuss certain areas of joint work.

President Sarkissian also attended the forum of the International Council of the National University of Singapore School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), where he talked about Armenian-Singaporean relations, the potential of cooperation in science, education, the role of education and technology in the future development of the countries.

Regarding Armenian-Singaporean relations, the Armenian President noted that Singapore is a special country for many Armenians as the Armenians had a significant presence here.

In particular, regarding the similarities between Armenia and Singapore, President Sarkissian noted that both peoples value education and science.

“It is a good basis for expanding cooperation in the fields of education and science. The basis of a competitive state is competitive education. We must do everything in our country to develop education, science and high technology, ”he said. “Armenia and Singapore can achieve a lot together. I want to make Armenia a center for science and technology. “

The President of Armenia stressed that Singapore was a good example for our country. “Singapore is not rich in natural resources and as a small country Singapore has human potential, imagination, vision and strategy. These are the things that created Singapore, ”said President Sarkissian. “I hope the strength of this idea will make my country strong and prosperous. I will be able to say that we have repeated the example of Singapore. “