American Councils for International Education announces the awardees of the latest round of Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN) grants to support projects between U.S. and Uzbek higher education institutions.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the Central Asia University Partnerships (UniCEN) program builds capacity for substantive international engagement between higher education institutions in the United States and Central Asia. UniCEN supports selected universities across Central Asia to achieve a practical, practicable understanding of the U.S. higher education system and how to engage successfully in partnerships. 

Partnership Seed Grants and Project Grants were awarded to support catalyzing additional relationships between U.S. international administrators and faculty with Uzbekistan counterparts and long-term projects with broader economic and social impact.

U.S. Institution Central Asia university Project Title 
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Tashkent Medical Academy (TMA) Integrating Active Learning into Uzbek Medical Education 
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin) Tashkent Chemical-Technological Institute (Tashkent, Tashkent (City)) Exploratory Makerspace Capacity Building Project 
Purdue University-Main Campus (West Lafayette, Indiana) Urgench State University (Urgench, Khorezm) MOOC for the Development of Ecotourism in Uzbekistan 
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) Tashkent Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education (TIPME) (Tashkent, Tashkent (City)) Collaborative initiative on addressing emerging infectious disease threats in the Republic of Uzbekistan. 
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, Tennessee) Namangan Engineering-Technological Institute (Namangan, Namangan) Catalyzing Research and Administrative Collaborations with Uzbekistan 
Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado) Navoi State Mining Institute (Navoi, Navoi) Capacity Building Initiative 
Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (Tashkent, Tashkent (City)) Advanced agricultural machinery partnership between Iowa State and TIIAME 
SIT Graduate Institute (Brattleboro, Vermont) Nukus State Pedagogical Institute (Nukus, Republic of Karakalpakstan) Language Teacher Education and Curriculum Design Exchange with an Emphasis on Plurilingualism and Multiculturalism 
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas) Gulistan State University (Gulistan, Syrdarya) English Language Capacity Building Project SILC GSU 
Ohio University-Main Campus (Athens, Ohio) Andijan State University (Andijan, Andijan) Enhancing English Education and Teacher Training in Uzbekistan 

In addition, small Faculty Small Grants were awarded to support individual U.S. faculty to teach discipline-specific courses (master classes) at universities in Uzbekistan to enhance pedagogy and curriculum in priority areas, including (but not limited to) tourism management, digital economy, archaeology, water resources, medicine, media and multimedia, IT, agriculture, business education, etc.

Iowa State UniversityBukhara Branch of TIIAMEEnhancing the Reputation of Research in Uzbekistan through Professional Development 
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, Ohio) Termez State UniversityCurriculum Masterclass – Developing an American Studies Course 
Washington State University (Pullman, Washington) Urgench State UniversityPartnership Development Between Washington State University and Urgench State University for the Strengthening of STEM Research and Curriculum