Wednesday 13 October 2021 -
15:00 to 16:30

As part of our Creative Spark series of policy discussion programme, we are organising a live webinar on the topic of 'Sustainable development in creative entrepreneurial education: how education sector responds to global challenges?'.

The webinar is a joint event of the British Council, El-Yurt Umidi, Ministry of higher and secondary specialized education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Higher Education Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It will bring together Higher Education professionals from the UK and Uzbekistan so we can exchange knowledge and ideas.


Creative economy is a rapidly developing sector of the world economy; it contributes significantly to UK’s GDP and UK’s education sector aims to develop capacity for this growing sector of the national and global economy.  

The UN has previously recognised the creative economy as being one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. Evidence shows that with the right partnerships, dynamic networks, relevant capacity, rigorous use of statistical data and research, the creative industries can spearhead economic and social change. In 2019 Uzbekistan signed up for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This Convention specifically talks about cultural and creative industries as the fastest growing sectors in the world. 

The United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow on 1-2 November 2021. The Summit will bring together over 30,000 delegates from around the World, including heads of states, climate experts to agree action to tackle climate Change. To support COP 26 ambitions, the British Council is working with partners to provide a platform for global climate cooperation, dialogue and action.   

Higher education institutions worldwide make environmental sustainability one of their core values, aim to be ‘climate-compatible’ and aligned to UN SDGs. Universities increasingly incorporate sustainability elements in their curriculum and teaching practices and develop zero carbon print strategies and report on emissions as part of their performance. 

Key discussion questions 

  • What are key drivers for mainstreaming sustainable development in creative entrepreneurial education? Why this is so important for universities today? 
  • How sustainability is integrated into teaching and learning and university curriculum? How this is reflected in education standards and frameworks?  
  • How development of new degree programmes has been approached and what are key learning points? 
  • What are key objectives of university sustainable development/zero carbon print strategies and how are they achieved? Case studies 
  • How higher education institutions and businesses work together to achieve sustainable development objectives?  
  • How sustainable development and green agendas can help attract investment and contribute to the image of the business, country? 
  • What needs to be done at a policy level to support and build effective ecosystem? 
  • What are immediate key steps to mainstream sustainable development in creative entrepreneurial education?

The webinar will be opened by the honoured guests:

  • Jamilya Gulyamova, Acting Country Director, British Council, Uzbekistan 
  • Komiljon Karimov, First Deputy Minister of higher and secondary specialised education of the Republic of Uzbekistan 
  • Tim Torlot, Her Majesty’s Ambassador 
  • Adkham Bekmuradov, Director, El Yurt Umidi 

The speakers:

  • Dilorom Fayziyeva, Olij Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan 
  • Fraser Burt, Goldsmiths, University of London 
  • Prof. John Whitton, University of Central Lancashire.
  • Kate Tetley, People 1st International 
  • Prof. Claire Seaman, Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • Marc Robertson, Queen Margaret Business School, Edinburgh 
  • Chris Lane, London Metropolitan University 
  • Lola Saifi, Human House Gallery, Tashkent 

The session will be facilitated by Komiljon Karimov, Rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. 

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