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Supporting higher education enhancements in Uzbekistan

11 Sep 2019 | Advance HE is working in Uzbekistan in support of national initiatives to enhance leadership, graduate outcomes and gender parity in the Republic’s higher education system.

Working with and on behalf of the British Council, Advance HE’s CEO, Alison Johns, is leading the programme with government and senior leaders in the sector. The aim of this phase of the programme is to work with the stakeholders, including Inom Majidov, Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education, and Uzokboy Begimkulov, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, to understand their aspirations and define development requirements. The work will inform a wider-scale ‘change academy’ programme to implement the initiatives.

Meeting minister

Alison Johns said, “There is enormous commitment to deliver these initiatives which are regarded as of national importance. So much so, I was delighted to accept the Minister’s invitation to explain what we are doing on the national news channel. We’re now eagerly anticipating the next phase which is about developing the strategy to implement these ideas.”

AJ TV interview

Rachel Ireland, British Council Country Director, Uzbekistan, said, “The government of the Republic of Uzbekistan is conducting wide-ranging reform in the country and education is a top priority. The themes of leadership, graduate outcomes and gender parity are of particular importance in their strategy and clearly Advance HE is particularly well-placed in these areas to help with the Minister’s and sector’s work.”

This project is part of a new regional programme launched by the British Council this year on Higher Education (HE) for Employability in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan), Ukraine, and Turkey. The purpose of the programme is to improve graduate employability through supporting higher education reform across wider Europe. The three-year programme focuses on three strands: English in higher education; quality in teaching; and aligning graduate outcomes to the labour market

Advance HE has previously worked with the British Council, Uzbekistan, delivering Leadership Skills for Women in Science and Education Programme for the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, specifically targeting the advancement of women in higher education.


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