April 21, 2015
Meeting with the US Ambassador at the Ministry of higher and secondary special education
The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States in the Republic of Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen. The meeting discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education, including development of inter-university cooperation.
To date, a number of universities in Uzbekistan at different levels cooperate with American universities. Among the partners of our universities are the University of Washington, University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, University of Kentucky, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and others.
Uzbek-American inter-university cooperation is aimed at sharing experiences in order to improve the learning process, implementation in the learning process of modern pedagogical and information technologies, participation in joint research programs, training of teachers, etc.
During the conversation, Pamela Spratlen noted that Uzbekistan is one of the leading countries in the region in the field of higher education that addresses the issues of education not only for the benefit of its citizens, but also citizens of neighboring countries in the region. - \"We have always been partners in the field of higher education and hope will remain so in the near and long term. I will base its work in this direction on what has been achieved and what has been done in this respect by my predecessor\".
University professors of Uzbekistan participated in various courses to improve the skills within the American educational programs. In accordance with the Fulbright programme, US side sends to Uzbekistan specialists and teachers of English. There is also a programme for teachers that provides training not only in English, but also in a number of other disciplines, such as mathematics and engineering.
P.Spratlen also stressed that the US Embassy will work within the framework of a program to provide micro-grants for those wishing to learn English under the guidance of teachers from the faculty of the university locally who have been trained in the United States. The uniqueness of this program is that it allows the teaching of English in place, without leaving permanent residence program participant.
As was noted, an Action Plan on cooperation in the field of higher education is developed between Uzbekistan and the US. Constituent elements of the Plan are those areas of cooperation such as:
- Cooperation in the field of learning and teaching of the English language;
- Cooperation in the field of science and technology;
- Inter-university cooperation.
The sides noted that cooperation with the US in the field of higher education may include, in addition to learning English, technical and engineering specialties. Innovative technology, solar energy, geology and mining, medicine can also serve as areas for possible bilateral cooperation.