Transparency, Integrity and Justice Promised during Admissions Process
The recent meeting of the International Press Club in Tashkent included a press conference with the participation of the leadership of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education to discuss the preparations for the admissions exams to higher education institutions in the 2018- 2019 academic year.
It was reported that this year the total quota for undergraduate students is designated at 69,200, of which 17,654 seats are provided on the government scholarship basis, while the remaining 51,546 students are expected to enroll as tuition- fee payers.
A quota of 5,903 has been determined for graduate programs of higher educational institutions, of which 1,552 seats are on government fellowship basis, while 4,351 wannabe masters will be asked to pay for their studies.
Starting from the 2018- 2019 academic year, the term of study in higher education institutions for training bachelors of arts majoring in preschool education will be three years.
The total quota for admission to higher education institutions for distance and evening courses of education is determined at the rate of 30% of the general baccalaureate quota approved for the 2018- 2019 academic year in higher educational institutions.
Training in the correspondence and evening departments of education is carried out on a feecontract basis. The cost of getting an education in these directions of education is equal to the cost of training in the corresponding day direction of the bachelor’s degree.
The 60 higher education institutions of Uzbekistan and their 19 branches have registered a total of 675,049 applicants.
For the first time in the history of higher education in the country, the rectors adopted an open collective address ( appeal). It noted that applicants should rely on their knowledge alone:
“The entire nation looks to you with great hope. You are our future! In our country, all conditions have been created for education, the development of science and the acquisition of a profession. You have chosen your profession and decided to enroll at the higher education institutions of the country, so be worthy of the environment delivered and meet the confidence placed in you, use your knowledge, mind and intellect for the benefit of the nation. Carefully prepare for the entrance exams and tests. Rely on your knowledge.”
Meanwhile, parents are also called for honesty:
“Our children are precious to us, and it’s our true dream to see them perfect. Today, the time is changing to enroll in educational institutions, for young people there are wide opportunities, but, unfortunately, the views of scammers and extortioners do not change. They still want to earn dishonestly. Do not fall into their trap.
“Under the Corruption Act, the one who gives a bribe, and the one who receives it, are equally liable before the law and will be punished with all severity. If you want to help your child, do not allow inappropriate behavior.
“An ill- considered step taken now will have grave negative consequences in the future for your child. A person who enrolled for study with a bribe, during his entire life will think how to return it. He will look at people as a “commodity”, be it a teacher or doctor, a responsible person or just an employee, and extort money from them. In the soul of extortioners, the seeds of kindness do not grow. Let’s prevent the chain of bribery and extortion so that they are not chains in the hands of our children nor lead them behind bars.
“Modern life is moving forward at a rapid pace, globalization covers the whole world, the views of all are focused on young people. It is important to correctly understand, appreciate and unite in the name of a common goal and idea. This idea is based on the principles of justice, peace, equality, internationalism and is the idea of independence and prosperous homeland Uzbekistan.”