TUMO Tirana


TUMO is a new kind of educational experience at the intersection of technology and design.

The TUMO Center for Educational Technologies began in Armenia, with over 14,000 students now regularly attending centers throughout the country. TUMO has since expanded on a global scale, into Paris, Moscow, Beirut and Tirana, with more cities on the way.

TUMO in the spotlight

Over the years, TUMO has hosted visitors from all over the globe, including a growing number of familiar names and faces — from world leaders and pioneering educators to movers and shakers in industry and boundary-pushing artists and designers. Browse some snapshots from past visits and hear directly from guests and lab leaders who’ve led students though hands-on learning experiences.


TUMO received a European Heritage/Europa Nostra Award in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. Funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe program, the award recognizes significant strides related to education in the field of tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage.

Marie Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO, was inducted into the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, an honor bestowed by France on distinguished academic and cultural figures for their contributions to science and education.

In 2017, a group of TUMO students represented Armenia in the FIRST Global Youth Robotics Competition in Washington D.C. The theme of the competition was the global challenge of providing clean drinking water. Of the 163 countries represented, Team Armenia won the bronze medal for their robot.

TUMO received the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Award for “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age.” TUMO CEO Marie Lou Papazian accepted the honor at 2018’s World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad, India.

In The Media
From CNN and Al Jazeera to Business Insider and The Guardian, TUMO has been under the media spotlight from a wide range of international outlets. Take a look at some of the highlights.

first steps in Tirana

TUMO’s first home in Tirana will be located in the Arena Center, an authentic, modern and multipurpose space nestled right in the heart of the city. Designed with activities and events in mind, the Arena Center will house TUMO Tirana until its long term home in the Pyramid of Tirana is up and running.

the future of TUMO Tirana

Internationally acclaimed architecture studio MVRDV has revealed the initial design for the monumental Pyramid of Tirana. The 11,800 m2 monolith, which originally functioned as a museum to former Albanian leader Enver Hoxha, will be revitalized and transformed into a gleaming, multifunctional space for technology and design, culture and the arts.

The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), in partnership with TUMO Ventures and with the support of Municipality of Tirana, launched an innovative and state-of-the art educational center for youth between the ages of 12 – 18 years old. The center will provide a new kind of educational experience which intersects technology and design.

The Albanian – American Development Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of education in Albania and to enable youth to acquire the 21st century which are pivotal for the evolving job market. AADF has handpicked the most innovative international afterschool center to bring to Albania – a learning center where technology and art merge to provide teens a competitive edge in a digital world. TUMO Tirana will enable Albanian youth to gain the set of skills imperatives for success in the 21st century and allow them to broaden their horizons in the technological sector. The Center will promote and create a place for Albanian teens to explore an innovative path and diversify their future skills.