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ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE WINNER OF THE 5TH ALL-ARMENIAN E-CONTENT COMPETITION

AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) was among the winners of the 5th All-Armenian e-content competition held in Yerevan from November 25 to December 25. The winners were announced during a festive award ceremony on December 30th. A total of 320 applications were submitted to the 5th All-Armenian e-content competition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of book-printing in Armenia. AVC was named the best institution to provide electronic education and won in “e-Education” category. The purpose of the competition was to discover and highlight the achievements of Armenia in the sphere of electronic content in 2009-2010. The event is considered to be another effective tool to encourage the presentation of Armenia’s e-content products and achievements internationally. The 2010 competition was the fifth in a row. The first e-content competition was organized in 2003. As in the past, this year’s competition was also held in the following 8 nominations as defined by WSA (World Summit Award) procedure: e-Learning & Education, e-Science & Technology, e-Culture & Heritage, e-Entertainment & Games, e-Business & Commerce, e-Government & Institutions, e-Health & Environment and e-Involvement & Participation. The prize fund equal to 10,000 USD was confirmed by the sponsors. The top 16 participants with highest points received monetary awards – the top eight received 300,000 AMD, while the following eight received 150,000 AMD. Besides, the best two winners within each category were granted an opportunity to participate in the most prestigious multimedia world competition of World Summit Award.

The following websites were announced winners in their respective categories:

• e-education: Armenian Virtual College (www.avc-agbu.org)

• e-entertainment: Armenian Entertainment Guide (www.bravo.am)

• e-business: Armenian National Auto portal (www.auto.am)

• e-culture: Sergei Paradjanov Museum (www.parajanovmuseum.am)

• e-government: Armenian Development Agency (www.ada.am)

• e-involvement: Armenian Online Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 (www.expo.cn)

• e-healthcare: Armenian Health and Medical portal (www.doctors.am) “My congratulations to the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Armenian Virtual College for bringing this unique project to life. AVC won in the e-content competition for its uniqueness and the exceptional approach to reaching their main objective-making Armenian education available to everyone in the world through the internet”, said Garegin Chugaszian, Director of “Electronic Content” association. “Through the internet we offer Armenian education to all the Armenians in the world and to everyone interested in an Armenian education. During the 1,5 years of its existence the AVC courses in Armenian language, history and culture have had more than 1000 students. It seems like the internet was created especially for Armenians to collect people from all over the world in one place”, said Dr. Yervant Zorian, founder and president of AVC and AGBU Central Board member. “Armenian Virtual College expands the geography of its student base and enriches the courses with every new academic term. Thanks to hard and persistent work the path that we have chosen successfully develops”, said Varujan Masarajian, Chairman of the AVC local committee, who was also present at the award ceremony. This competition will help reveal and evaluate the potential of Armenia in the sphere of information technologies. The 5th pan-Armenian e-content competition was organized by the Armenian Fund for Information Technologies and the Armenian Association of Electronic Content.

 
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