Uzbekistan seeks to improve the efficiency of farming through increased mechanization, with great demand for curriculum modernization. Through the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN), administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Oklahoma State University and Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME) launched an online course for agricultural mechanization to support this critical industry.
Using cutting-edge Automation Studio software, six faculty from Oklahoma State University created 75 hours of high-quality videos for two online courses in fluid power, geomatics, and in-vehicle networking for graduate students and faculty members at TIIAME. A module on teaching pedagogy will assist TIIAME faculty improve their curriculum and offerings. In addition to the video content, OSU students compiled supporting materials to enhance learning in the classroom. The success of this collaboration has opened the possibility for future partnership between OSU and TIIAME, as partners are discussing plans to create a new major in the field of Agricultural Mechanization.