We work with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education (MHSSE), contributing to national scale education reform to equip the young generation with the skills they need to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures.
In partnership with the MHSSE we run regular international policy dialogue events around the issues of quality assurance in higher education. These high level discussions bring together government officials, university rectors, key employers and leading institutions and experts from the UK and Uzbekistan. These discussions confirm Uzbekistan’s commitment to develop a quality culture in higher education, ensuring that the value of higher education qualifications is better established, standards are more commonly understood and processes more uniformly demonstrated.
Education World Forum
We are proud that the Ministers of Education of Uzbekistan take part in the Education World Forum in London every year to share the Uzbekistan education reform experience and to strengthen partnerships with leading UK education institutions such as Quality Assurance Agency, UK universities, language schools and education product developers and publishers.
continuing professional development of academic leaders
One of the key directions of partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education is continuing professional development of academic leaders and sharing best international and national practice in developing quality culture in higher education.
Since 2015 we have worked with MHSSE and the Head Methodology Centre under MHSSE to develop and pilot a new Quality Management programme that shares current thinking and best practice in developing and managing effective learning environment in universities, discusses education standards and expectations and explores the most effective ways to engage with students and employers through collaborative learning activities and project work, finding innovative solutions to equip the young generation with skills requested by the local and global markets. The Quality Management programme has been developed in partnership with London Metropolitan University, with advice and input from Quality Assurance in the UK, and is now benefitting 500 academic leaders and staff annually.
Inspired by the success of collaboration in professional development in 2015-2016 we started work on ICT for Quality Assurance programme with MHSSE and the Head Methodology Centre under MHSSE and have developed another joint programme; again in partnership with London Metropolitan University and leading UK e-learning providers. The programme looks at 8 dimensions of e-learning and explores how ICT can support education in a holistic, meaningful and productive way. It also looks at how ICT improves university management and creates a positive collaborative environment in higher education institutions as well, as shares information about Universities with wider stakeholders. This programme is being finalised and trainer training will be organised in August 2016 for the pilot to take place in September-October 2016.
To add new dimensions to our Internationalising Higher Education Programme in 2012-2014 we co-managed the QAPD TEMPUS project, with London Metropolitan University being a lead partner; the project involved the MHSSE, eight Uzbekistan Universities, the University of Peloponnese in Greece and V. Magnus University in Lithuania. The project contributed to curriculum reform in partner universities and developed a concept of Quality Assurance Centres under the auspices of universities in Uzbekistan. We are now acting in consortium for a new Erasmus Plus project – IMEP, which aims to develop a CPD concept for academics in higher education and, through pilots and projects, develop guidelines for employer and student engagement for the higher education system in Uzbekistan.
For November 2016, in partnership with MHSSE, we are planning the next round of consultations and a round table discussion with leading UK Universities (University of Bath) and the Quality Assurance Agency in the UK on current trends and approaches to managing quality, at a national and university level, to agree next steps in our collaboration.
One of the most recent and exciting developments in our higher education programme is our partnership with MHSSE and the Istedod Fund in Internationalising Research.
Over the last ten months our new programme established five research partnerships with the UK Universities (University of Bath, Birmingham City University, Cambridge University, and London Metropolitan University) to benefit the quality of teaching and learning and respond to national development priorities in the areas of finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, English language learning, translation and interpreting.
The Internationalising Research Round Table organized by the British Council and the MHSSE on March 3 2016 defined key directions in Uzbekistan-UK partnership in the area of research and produced recommendations regarding next steps in collaboration, including creating a national researcher network and providing researchers with learning, knowledge sharing and joint research opportunities through international partnership.
Research partnerships now continue, most under Erasmus Mobility partnerships, with the UK Universities acting as project leads.
Our Researcher Connect programme started in 2015 and aims to build researchers’ capacity in order to work internationally. The programme has already benefitted 25 selected young researchers and 20 trainers representing higher education institutions from all over Uzbekistan, as well as a network of 450 early stage researchers at the State Science and Innovation Committee. The focus of the training activities so far has been on Writing for International Publication and publishing internationally. The next round of Researcher Connect training is planned for November-December 2016 and will be advertised by the MHSSE and Istedod Fund in September 2016.