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Uzbekistan Today (English) - - VISIT -

800 doc­u­ments worth $ 27 bil­lion were signed on the Fo­rum’s fields. The re­gional en­ter­prises of Uzbek­istan and Rus­sia signed 242 agree­ments on trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion in the amount of $ 1.2 bil­lion and 137 agree­ments on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of joint in­vest­ment projects in the amount of $ 1.4 bil­lion. The agree­ments will cre­ate 79 Uzbek-Rus­sian joint ven­tures, 23 new trad­ing houses and 20 whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters in Uzbek­istan.

“In­ter­re­gional co­op­er­a­tion is both a use­ful and very promis­ing area of co­op­er­a­tion,” said Vladimir Putin. “Ex­ten­sive re­la­tions at the re­gional level are an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the com­plex bi­lat­eral con­tacts. Such in­ter-re­gional for­mats, in­deed, have proven them­selves very well in prac­tice. This is a work­ing, lively for­mat.

We expect that the Rus­sianUzbek Fo­rum of the Re­gions will be­come an­nual, and will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion among var­i­ous parts of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion and Uzbek­istan. First of all, of course, I mean the trade and eco­nomic sphere, but not con­fin­ing to this area. Within the frame­work of in­ter­re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, any kind of com­mu­ni­ca­tion can be de­vel­oped, in­clud­ing, of course, hu­man­i­tar­ian ones.” “NEW SPE­CIAL­ISTS FOR THE NEW ECON­OMY”

For mil­len­nia, Rus­sia has been a cen­ter of spir­i­tu­al­ity and cul­ture, the most im­por­tant bridge be­tween the West­ern and East­ern civ­i­liza­tions, so the pri­or­ity im­por­tance at­tached by Uzbek­istan to the de­vel­op­ment and strength­en­ing of cul­tural and hu­man­i­tar­ian ties with the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion is quite ex­pli­ca­ble.

Train­ing highly qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists in line with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, send­ing pro­fes­sors and teach­ers for in­tern­ships, con­duct­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion fo­rums – all th­ese top­ics were dis­cussed dur­ing the first Uzbek-Rus­sian ed­u­ca­tional fo­rum “New Spe­cial­ists for the New Econ­omy”. More than 140 higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions of the two coun­tries took part in it.

“Such a solid list of par­tic­i­pants con­firms the mu­tual in­ter­est in solv­ing the prob­lems of higher ed­u­ca­tion of the two coun­tries,” said Mikhail Ko­tyukov, Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion of Rus­sia. “The ex­pe­ri­ence of or­ga­niz­ing joint ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of uni­ver­si­ties and the cre­ation of branches are taken into ac­count in the port­fo­lio of in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ments. The re­sults of co­op­er­a­tion of our uni­ver­si­ties pro­vide prac­ti­cal in­ter­est and char­ac­ter­ize quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive in­di­ca­tors of suc­cess in train­ing for var­i­ous ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Rus­sia and Uzbek­istan.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vladimir Ch­er­nov, head of de­part­ment at the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion for in­ter­re­gional and cul­tural re­la­tions with for­eign coun­tries, “an im­por­tant as­pect is the preser­va­tion and use for the ben­e­fit of our peo­ples of the best that gives us a com­mon his­tory, a lan­guage of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, a rich tra­di­tion of sci­ence in this no­ble mis­sion be­tween Rus­sia and Uzbek­istan. I am sure that the lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the rec­tor’s com­mu­nity will con­trib­ute to the so­lu­tion of this ur­gent task.”

Four branches of higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions have al­ready been opened in Uzbek­istan, soon there will be more. I am con­vinced that to­day’s meet­ing may fur­ther deepen part­ner­ship con­tacts be­tween uni­ver­si­ties, as well as lay the foun­da­tion for their en­hanced, con­tin­u­ous di­a­logue.”

To­day, by the num­ber of for­eign stu­dents in Rus­sian uni­ver­si­ties, Uzbek­istan oc­cu­pies one of the first places among the CIS coun­tries. To ob­tain high-qual­ity Rus­sian ed­u­ca­tion from this aca­demic year, a branch of the Moscow In­sti­tute of Steel and Al­loys was opened in the city of Al­ma­lyk in Uzbek­istan. It is also planned to cre­ate branches of MGIMO, Na­tional Re­search Nu­clear Univer­sity MEPI, All-Rus­sia State In­sti­tute of Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, Moscow Power En­gi­neer­ing In­sti­tute, Rus­sian Univer­sity of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy. And such co­op­er­a­tion will con­tinue.

Vladimir Putin noted that fur­ther as­sis­tance will be pro­vided in the train­ing of spe­cial­ists, in par­tic­u­lar for the Uzbek agro-in­dus­trial com­plex. Cur­rently, about 800 Uzbek stu­dents are study­ing in Rus­sian agri­cul­tural col­leges. In the next aca­demic year, it is planned to es­tab­lish in Tashkent a branch of the Aqua­cul­ture fac­ulty of the As­trakhan Univer­sity.

By the way, on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Uzbek­istan, the grand cer­e­mony of open­ing the branch of the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy MISiS took place in Al­ma­lyk. The main di­rec­tions of its ac­tiv­i­ties will be the train­ing of highly qual­i­fied en­gi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal per­son­nel of the min­ing and met­al­lur­gi­cal in­dus­try to solve the most im­por­tant sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal tasks for the in­dus­try of Uzbek­istan. In gen­eral, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the ed­u­ca­tional fo­rum, about 150 contracts were signed in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, among them an agree­ment be­tween the Coun­cil of Rec­tors of higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions of Uzbek­istan and the All-Rus­sia pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tion “Rus­sian Union of Rec­tors”. Its pres­i­dent, rec­tor of the Lomonosov Moscow State Univer­sity, aca­demi­cian of the Rus­sian Academy of Sci­ences Vik­tor Sadovnichy noted: “The uni­ver­si­ties have the task of train­ing tal­ented spe­cial­ists. It is pos­si­ble to or­ga­nize sum­mer schools for teach­ers, dis­ci­plinary con­gresses. We are still in­sis­tently of­fer­ing the Ver­nad­sky pro­gram – the cre­ation of sci­en­tific and ed­u­ca­tional con­sor­tia of Rus­sian uni­ver­si­ties, joint lab­o­ra­to­ries. We need to do so that lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties help the for­ma­tion of per­son­nel, the cre­ation of sci­en­tific schools in the re­gions.”

AND MORE ABOUT THE IM­POR­TANT...

“I would like to touch upon an­other im­por­tant topic for all of us,” said Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev. “In or­der to com­mem­o­rate in 2020 the 75th an­niver­sary of the Great Vic­tory, we are de­vel­op­ing a spe­cial pro­gram in Uzbek­istan. Within its frame­work, we plan to cre­ate a Vic­tory Park com­plex in Tashkent. It will be­come a sym­bol of our com­mon strug­gle against fas­cism, will serve to en­lighten the young gen­er­a­tion in the spirit of re­spect for his­tory, pa­tri­o­tism and friend­ship of peo­ples.

The great Rus­sian cul­ture has al­ways been and will al­ways be an in­te­gral part of the spir­i­tual life of the Uzbek so­ci­ety. In or­der to broader fa­mil­iar­ize the pop­u­la­tion, first of all the young peo­ple, with the best works of Rus­sian lit­er­a­ture, we plan to pub­lish a 100-vol­ume collection “Mas­ter­pieces of Rus­sian clas­sics” in Uzbek.

I am con­fi­dent that the state visit of the Pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, the es­teemed Vladimir Putin, will give a pow­er­ful im­pe­tus to the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of fullscale co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our coun­tries.”

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