To respond to national large-scale higher education reform, capacity development and internationalisation objectives in May 2019 we in partnership with the Ministry of higher and secondary specialised education of the Republic of Uzbekistan launched our new long-term Higher Education for Employability programme to share UK experience in quality assurance in education. One of the key strands of the programme is English as a medium of instruction (EMI). 

To respond to Concept of the development of Higher Education until 2030, the EMI strand of the Higher Education for Employability ( HEfE) programme aims to develop an EMI strategy and national plan to mainstream EMI in HE offer in Uzbekistan and develop much needed capacity through Uzbekistan HEIs and the network of 25 English Reform hubs operating in all regional of Uzbekistan.

The project’s long term aims in Uzbekistan are:

  • to shape a clear national and institutional strategies for EMI
  • to facilitate the development and delivery of a national EMI capacity-building programme for Uzbekistan’s higher education sector, specifically sharing UK institutional and wider international experience in the field
  • to develop a team of confident professionals who can develop and deliver programmes in their higher education institutions in English and 25 British Council hubs in higher education institutions all over Uzbekistan offering training and support to all EMI teachers in Uzbekistan. 

We cooperate with Norwich Institute for Language Education, UK and EMI teams from 16 national higher education institutions. The programme builds on national English reform programmes and encourages collaboration between English and content teachers. That is why in each team there is one-two ESP teachers, a number of content teachers and a senior staff representative.  

Based on solid research and needs analyses the project develops a new national professional development blended learning programme that will equip the participants with the skills, experience and give them the confidence to develop and pilot new programmes or modules in English. 

There are two strands in the project

  1. The programme will develop explicit methodology training, the pedagogical tools and training materials focusing on interactive and task-based approaches for participants to find their own solutions to the challenges they face in their particular EMI contexts. As part of the programme all project participants will benefit from a new online EMI training course developed by NILE for international trainers and students to support ongoing professional development of project participants, and their engagement with the project activities. 

From March to May 2020 55 EMI teachers from 16 HEIs participated in this course which was aimed to enable participants to: 

  • Consolidate their understanding of key issues in EMI
  • Apply a variety of teaching strategies for working with texts in English
  • Use a variety of techniques that help students follow English-medium classes
  • Plan interactive lectures and use support strategies to guide students’ understanding
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies for encouraging students’ spoken and written output

2. At a policy level, the project will facilitate the development of framework of EMI teaching standards.

National partner institutions

  • Andijan Machine-Building Institute 
  • Bukhara State Medical Institute 
  • Fergana State University 
  • International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan 
  • Karakalpak State University
  • Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Samarkand branch of Tashkent State University of Economics
  • Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers 
  • Tashkent Medical Academy
  • Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
  • Tashkent State Pedagogical University
  • Tashkent State University of Law
  • University of World Economy and Diplomacy
  • Urgench State University
  • Uzbekistan State University of Journalism and Mass Communication University
  • Uzbekistan World Languages University

Video recordings of the webinars to discuss the aims and outcomes of the project (February-March 2021)

Webinar 1: 'Introduction to EMI in Higher Education Uzbekistan'.


  • background to the project: what is EMI and what are the main challenges teachers face in EMI?
  • underlying teacher training ethos and approach
  • overview of the phases and main project outcomes

Presenters: Thom Kiddle and Jason Skeet

Webinar 2: Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the project; tools for supporting EMI teachers


  • overview of impact analysis findings; examples of EMI best teaching practice
  • introduction to and overview of the EMI Teaching Standards Framework
  • overview of other tools developed during the project: lesson planning tool; peer observation form; self-assessment tool; teacher reflection tools

Presenters: Erkan Arkin and Jason Skeet⠀

Webinar 3: Looking at specific EMI teacher training needs — assessment in EMI; using a flipped learning approach⠀


  • discussing key features of assessment in EMI and what needs to be considered by teachers when planning assessment in EMI contexts⠀
  • discussing challenges that teachers can experience when planning and delivering assessment in EMI courses and share experience in overcoming them⠀
  • unpacking the most important features of effective flipped learning for EMI teachers to consider⠀
  • discussing benefits of a flipped or blended approach for students and institutions⠀

Presenters: Thom Kiddle, Anna Whinnett, Aziz Abdullaev, Umida Khaydarova, Russel Stannard⠀

Video recordings from the conference in 2019

On 16-17 October 2019 we hosted the 'Role of English in Higher Education and its Impact on Graduate Employability' international conference to explore how to increase higher education institutions’ capacity to respond to a growing need to engage internationally, play a role in the global knowledge economy. You can watch all sessions and speakers of the conference on our YouTube channel here.

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