This week I was invited as an expert to host a seminar TAM: EU Expert seminar at Yedju Technical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 18-19 November 2019. The seminar was organized by the European University Association (EUA) who is managing for the European Commission in partnership with the University of Barcelona (UB): Centralised Support for Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) in European Neighbourhood countries technical assistance missions’ (TAM). In addition, the seminar was hosted in collaboration with MHSSE, NEO, and Yedju Technical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The seminar gathered some 70 -80 delegates from universities and similar organizations from the country as well as the State Inspection for Supervision of Quality in Education (TBC).
The mission of the seminar was on:
Improving the quality of teaching in educational institutions through the introduction of new educational programs, modern pedagogy and smart-technologies in the educational process (introduction of electronic modules and introduction of distance learning), the acquisition of digital skills and learning methods, the development of open educational resources.
The seminar had its foundation in the UN UNESCO SDG Goals, not at least SDG4, SDG8 and SDG!6. Social Justice was a theme throughout the seminar Practical measures are taken by the Government of Uzbekistan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Furthermore, the foundation for the seminar was on the 4th industrial revolution. The 4th Industrial Revolution has an impact on how we live, work, communicate, integrate and interact with others, the environment and society. Of course, it also changes the way we learn. More important, besides the increased digitalization is that we need both science and humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are needs for SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND ETHICAL revolutions as well. In addition, to the SDGs UNESCO's new initiative on Learning to become was highlighted and argued on. In addition, there was a focus on the forthcoming UNESCO OER recommendations.
The themes, for my presentations during the 2 days were on
You can find my presentations at:
The Uzbek higher education system consists of institutions, scientific and pedagogical establishments performing research work, and state body formations. According to the National Programme for Personnel Training, higher education builds on academic achievements of specialized secondary education (academic lyceum) and/or vocational education (vocational college) and includes two levels: Bachelor degree and Master degree.
The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education’s (MHSSE) responsibility is to organize the academic year, including the length of the semesters, examination periods and academic holidays.
According to “Comprehensive Development Programme of the Higher Education System for 2017-2021” adopted in 2017 the implementation of Higher Education reform process for the whole year 2018 has been intensified by a number of significant decisions and considerable developments: on quality improvement of graduate training, qualification upgrading of academic staff of higher educational institutions, wide-scale development of international relations; opening new HEIs, establishing of joint degree programmes and joint faculties, introduction of new education directions and specialties, extramural and evening departments, university autonomy on student quotas and educational programmes according to labour market needs, recognition of diploma obtained abroad etc. The total number of HEIs has been increased from 77 in 2016 to 95 in 2018. 16 new joint programs have been introduced in cooperation with prestigious overseas universities. Students' quotas of overall admission to HEIs have been doubled. It is worth to underline that as of the next year (2020) it will be possible to submit an application for admission to several HEIs in one round.