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Changing higher education from the middle out

07 Dec 2020 | Advance HE Jo Chaffer, Advance HE Key Global Associate, shares reflections from the Uzbekistan Change Academy teams who are transforming Teaching & Learning in their home institutes

Over the last year Advance HE has been working with British Council and the Ministry for Higher, Secondary and Specialised Education (MHSSE) in Uzbekistan to support higher education on its journey towards autonomy.

This has been a three stranded programme: firstly, working with the Ministry team informing, advising and guiding on sector reforms; secondly with the examinations and other existing agencies involved in managing and measuring quality and lastly with university teams in our Change Academy.

The nine universities competed for places in this year-long intervention and support programme designed to catalyse innovation in all aspects of creating quality education. Teams of academics, administrators and students with the support of a senior leader, join forces to design and deliver Change Projects in their HEI – applying, testing and adapting the learning from our input sessions.

Jo Chaffer said, "Despite the pandemic and all the stresses and strains it has brought, the teams are starting to see the fruits of their labours – and they are very good! 

"We are so impressed with the work of our Uzbek Change Academy teams who are transforming Teaching & Learning in their home institutes, with very little resource but a huge dose of passion, commitment and smarts.

"We've are now entering the final cycle of this Change Academy and hope this is as joyful and successful as the last.

"This video shows how a small team at Navoi SPI have create a whole new Centre to change how they train teachers.








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