This section contains information on Essay Competitions which were organised by NASDAQ OMX Armenia or sponsored by it.


2012, Essay Competition


an Essay Competition for Bachelor and Master Degree Students
announced by USAID Pension and Labor Market Reform Project
jointly with

RA Ministry of Labor and Social Issues,
Pension System Awareness Center Foundation


About competition

The goal of the competition is to raise awareness and instigate a discussion on the Pension Reform currently implemented by the RA Government in Armenia among students. The preference will be given to the essays, which will present new ideas on pension reform and economical growth as well as will present new arguments on their interaction.

The Competition is open to Bachelor and Master Degree students of all higher educational institutions in Armenia.

The Essay Submission Rules

  • Essays should be submitted electronically in Armenian or English to with "Essay Competition" in the subject line
  • Essay should be 5-10 pages (1 page = 1800 characters). 
  • All the materials should be properly cited and list of used literature should be presented at the end of the essay. 
  • Each contestant may only submit one entry.
  • Essays, as well as completed Application form (please click here to download), scanned passport, social security card and valid student ID should be submitted by MAY 2, 2012, 17:00.

It is preferable to submit the essays in MS Word format, page A4, text style: font Times New Roman (for English) and Sylfaen (for Armenian), size 12, spacing 1.5, margins: 1.5 cm top and bottom, 3cm left and 1.5 cm right.

The Selection Board

All the essays will be reviewed by the selection board consisting of the experts of the USAID PALM project, RA Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, PSAC Foundation, NASDAQ OMX Armenia, Central Bank of Armenia and RA Ministry of Finance.

All the essays will be assessed in 10 score system according to the criteria mentioned below. The final score will be decided as the product of scores for each criteria multiplied by relevant criteria ratio:

  1. new or interesting idea: 0.5
  2. specific and right presentation and analysis: 0.3
  3. correct structure, spelling and smooth wording: 0.2

The awards
The 3 best essays will receive the awards from the USAID PALM project in the below-mentioned order:

1st place: Apple iPad

2nd place: NETBOOK

3rd place: e-Book Reader

The organizers will inform the award-winners about the competition results and awarding ceremony by phone and e-mail.

Please, carefully fill out personal data, phone number and e-mail in the application form.

The award-winning essays will be posted on the websites of USAID PALM project at:, PSAC Foundation at:, NASDAQ OMX at:

For more information and questions about the competition, please contact Hasmik Hovhannisyan and Lilit Aslamazyan, USAID PALM project assistants, at the USAID PALM project, tel.+3 741 529 334, 529 335, 529 336 (ext.10).

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Previous Essay contests, organized by NASDAQ OMX Armenia:

2011 Student Essay Contest

2010 Student Essay Contest

Updated as of: 12.05.2017