The Na­tional Univer­sity to Open New De­part­ments

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - SOCIAL ORBIT - Rashid Tukhtabaev

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.

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