Another working visit that has served as backbone for the development of dialogue between Uzbekistan and foreign nations has been the introductory trip to our country of the representatives of the United Kingdom. They specialize in the education sphere, but nonetheless the composition of the delegation was rather diverse. It included, along with education experts, representatives of consulting agencies.
The English have for centuries entertained a public consensus on that the education should serve the development of individual personality, its thinking and comprehension of its designation in the world. And today it has been proved that in order to achieve success in the modern world full of controversial ideas, concepts and views, knowledge alone is insufficient. In addition to factual information, the young people need such skills as the ability to think creatively, to compare, not to adopt things as dogma, seek proof and only then take one’s own thoughtout decisions. And for this to be accomplished, one has to be able to think independently. task of the mission is to explore educational opportunities in Uzbekistan and establish relations with local partners and officials.
The participants had an excellent opportunity to conduct direct negotiations in the ministries of innovative development, higher and secondary specialized education, pre-school, public education, as well as in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan.
The main point of the trip was participation in the joint British-Uzbek educational forum. It was a large-scale event with the participation of more than 80 people, including 21 representatives from 14 British educational organizations. The forum served as a platform for exploring new opportunities for cooperation between the UK and Uzbekistan.
As Her Majesty’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Chris Allan noted, the national innovative quality assurance education program aimed at nurturing leaders in the field of education, spearheaded by the British Council in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of Uzbekistan, brings together a number of universities in the UK and Uzbekistan introducing new approaches to quality assurance in higher education. Rectors and top management of 70 public universities are involved in its implementation.
Starting from October 2018, the Big Idea Challenge joint contest, held by the British Council and the Metropolitan University of London, will bring together 3,500 students and teachers from Uzbek and British universities in a rich vertical business program, the UK ambassador informed.
The forum participants also discussed the upcoming Creative Spark program in Uzbekistan, whose purpose is to support the contribution of universities to the development of the creative economy in Uzbekistan.
In addition, the diplomat reported about the Chevening scholarship program, which is an international scholarship of the British Government, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organizations. Within its framework, scholarship holders from all over the world are entitled to free training in graduate programs at universities in the UK.
British Council, the organizer of the visit, have told the UT correspondent about what the British mission has arrived in Tashkent with this time.