A Quarter of a Century Towards Light: Quantum Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Quantum College started the academic year of 2015-2016 with series of events dedicated to its 25th anniversary: olympiads, lectures, cultural contests, discussions, etc. As for the final ceremony, it took place on May 25, at YSU hall of events. It is no coincidence that the College celebrated its anniversary at the State University: the University and its professors have a remarkable input in the foundation of the College. Among those present at the ceremony were Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan, Head of the National Academy of Sciences Radik Martirosyan, YSU rector Aram Simonyan, renowned physicists invited from abroad, principals of other private schools of Armenia, Quantum College friends, graduates, teachers, students and their parents, etc. The ceremony started with the College choir performing the College hymn. Afterwards, the word was given to the honourable guests. Mr Aram Simonyan emphasized the pleasure of seeing Quantum alumni among YSU students each year. In his words, many of them are now among best students and professors of YSU. In her speech Deputy Minister of Education Karine Harutyunyan mentioned: “The achievements of Quantum College are remarkable on the level of the whole country, many of its innovative projects have been successfully implemented in the education system of Armenia. And Quantum alumni have always successfully represented Armenia in International Olympiads”. Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan, being our long-time friend and parent of Quantum graduates, congratulated the College and expressed his gratitude to our teachers who teach not only knowledge but also good manners to the new generation. Renowned physicists Andrey Varlamov and Aleksey Kavokin who were in Armenia specially on this occasion, warmly congratulated the College staff and students and expressed their admiration for everything they have so far seen at the College. Parts from the movie dedicated to the anniversary were screened during the ceremony. Besides, a book dedicated to the 25th anniversary, a collection of 25 literary criticism essays entitled 25 Steps Towards the Source of Light (in the crossroads of Armenian and world literature) was represented to the audience. The ceremony was full of prizes and awards. Principal Robert Vardanyan handed in the award Best Partner to cooperating organizations. Two of our honoured teachers, Maels Azizbekyan and Gohar Khachatryan received gold medals from the Ministry of Education. Seyran Suvaryan and Smbat Shahinyan, both Yerevan State University professors, received, in their turn, gold medals from the University. A number of other teachers received Ministry of Education and State University Certificates. Principal Robert Vardanyan was awarded with Victor Hambardzumyan medal by Radik Martirosyan, the Head of the National Academy of Sciences. Another award had been prepared by Yerevan Municipality: Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan awarded Quantum College staff with Yerevan Arms medal.