The National University to Open New Departments
Two new structural departments are opening at the National University of Uzbekistan. Starting from the 2018/2019 academic year, quotas will be established here for the academic directions on “Taekwondo» and «organization of sport events». These specialists will be trained on the basis of the new faculty of the National University of Uzbekistan – “Taekwondo and sports activities”.
Within two months, a corresponding resolution will be adopted to finance the faculty, to provide the academic personnel, to create educational and methodological literature and training programs.
The following shall be determined as the main functions of the faculty:
-to train highly qualified specialists who have mastered the methods of theoretical and practical training on Taekwondo; to involve highly qualified national and foreign specialists and trainers in the training process using advanced international experience in training personnel in the sphere;
Another new department will be the Department of “Social Work” at the Faculty of Social Sciences, opened at the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek. On the occasion of the opening, the National University hosted a conference entitled “Social work for social protection in Uzbekistan” with support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
International best practices show that social protection sector can succeed only when the profession of social work is evolved and social workers are engaged in addressing the needs of vulnerable people,” said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan.
“In many countries, social workers play a key role in preventing separation of children from families, assisting vulnerable families, ensuring the rights of every child to nurturing family environment and protection from violence, abuse and neglect. And, I am sure Uzbekistan can also benefit from these practices,” he added.
«Creation of this department is an important step in further development of the social work as a profession, academic discipline and a field of research in Uzbekistan,» said Avazjon Marahimov, Rector of the National University of Uzbekistan. «This is a timely response to the critical issues of improving the quality of higher education, practice of social work and social service workforce in the social protection sector,» he added.
Participants of the conference paid special attention to the importance of social work in the system of child protection. They discussed issues related to the functions of social workers in residential care institutions for children, guardianship and custody agencies, as well as medical and social institutions.