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Central Asian University Partnership Program (UniCEN) hosts the Sustainability & Grant Writing Workshop for Central Asian university partners in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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On November 4-5, U.S.-Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN) hosted Sustainability & Grant Writing Workshop in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Professor Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry at Lehigh University and Dr. Woden Teachout, a Leadership & Public Policy Professor at Union Institute & University facilitated the workshop. Both Dr. Teachout and Vice Provost Mehta have extensive careers in higher...

Development of an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Uzbekistan

From September 20th until 23rd Dr. Haseeb Ahmed – the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Kettering University, Michigan, USA – visited Andijan Machine-Building Institute, Uzbekistan through the UniCEN Program sponsored by American Councils for International Education. The purpose of his visit was to discuss the progress of the UniCEN grant project between Kettering University and Andijan Machine-Building Institute,...

U.S. Embassy Tashkent and American Councils Host Harvard College Writing Program Faculty for the Central Asia Academic Writing Workshop

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The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, in partnership with American Councils for International Education, invited Dr. Thomas Jehn and Dr. James Herron of the Harvard College Writing Program and Dr. Rauf Salahodjaev of the Higher Education Virtual Education Center to facilitate the Central Asia Academic Writing Workshop in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from June 22-23th. The Central Asia Academic Writing Workshop brought 38...

Forging Cross-Border Collaborations Across Central Asia to Advance UN Sustainable Development Goals

On June 3-4, a diverse group of leaders across academia, business, and government gathered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN) to share models and approaches to advance United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the “Connecting Academia, International Organizations, Government Agencies and Private Sector and Sustaining Cross-Border Networks Roundtable.” Over 75 representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

Virtual Exchanges in Engineering Education

Virtual exchanges offer an untapped opportunity for students in U.S. and Uzbekistan to collaborate on engineering projects. The partnership between Colorado School of Mines and Navoi Mining Institute focuses on collaborative educational capabilities for engineering education. 36 students from Navoi Mining institute were selected to participate in group assignments in an Introductory Thermodynamics course. They teamed up...

Introduction to Food Safety and Agribusiness

Purdue University professors Dr. Amanda Deering and Dr. Kevin McNamara present an introduction to food safety and agribusiness for Tajikistani higher education. The series provides an overview of Purdue’s agricultural extension approach, an introduction to higher education partnerships, and how to stimulate conversations around outreach. Each video module is translated into Russian, totaling 180 minutes. 

Building a Makerspace

University of Wisconsin-Madison facilitated virtual workshops to build new makerspaces for Tashkent Chemical-Technological Institute. Through the workshops on Computer-Aided Design and Onshape 3D modeling software, viewers learn how to create their own free EDU Onshape account and conduct workshop included activities. The workshop includes an introduction to the UW-TCTI collaboration as well as background information on the...

Ecotourism MOOC for Uzbekistan

Urgench State University visited ecotourism destinations to collect video materials to enrich the launch of the first massive online open course (MOOC) focusing on tourism in Uzbekistan. Video materials about ecotourism destinations in Uzbekistan provide open-source learning to promote Uzbekistan’s tourism potential:  Akchakul lake  https://youtu.be/YBdlh0P8iJE Amudaryo...

Higher Education and Workforce Development

Through its collaboration with Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology (NIET) the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UNT) created a webinar series on the role of higher education in the economy. Videos cover the following topics:   Introduction to the University of Tennessee: https://youtu.be/DKXhAxUjia0 Sustainable funding models...

Strengthening Environmental Protection and Sustainable Resource Management

Kazakhstan’s success in implementing its long-term environmental protection strategy relies on the knowledge and skills of a new generation of scholars, policy makers, environmental engineers, and natural resource managers. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and administered by American Councils for International Education, Michigan State University (MSU) and Kazakh National...

Revising Pre-Service Teacher Mathematics Course Materials

The Government of Kazakhstan supports the transition to secondary-level English-medium science and math instruction to improve workforce competitiveness. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and administered by American Councils for International Education, Columbia University Teachers College (TC), Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) and Kokshetau State University (KSU) developed and implemented an...

Sharing Instructional Best Practices

Universities interested in improving student achievement must ensure that faculty have access to training. With the support of the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program, administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University (Abai KazNPU) and California State University-Sacramento (CSU) are improving the professional qualifications and soft...

Modeling Seismic Hazards for Students and Educators

The mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan is located in an active seismic zone, underscoring the need for techniques to assess risk. 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, University of Oregon and American University of Central Asia...

Supporting Food Safety Education for Local Growers

Regional and international markets demand that food manufacturers produce final products that meet international quality and safety standards. 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, Purdue University is collaborating with Tajik Agrarian University (TAU) and Tajikistan...

Advancing Human Genomics and Bioinformatics

Deeper understanding of the relationship between human genetic variation and population differences in disease distribution is a key step in informing health disparities around the world. 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, University of California-Davis...

Building the Reputation of Agricultural Research in Uzbekistan

In a modern competitive world, the role of research in academic institutions is critical for sustainability and development. The quality of research work directly translates to the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. Through the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN), administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. State Department...

Advancing Research in Plant Biotechnology in Kyrgyzstan

With a soil and climate that provides a favorable environment for horticulture, Kyrgyzstan has strong potential to become a leader in the production of high-quality fruit and vegetables. Through the Central Asia University Partnership Program (UniCEN) funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent and administered by the American Councils for International Education, University of Maryland Eastern Shore...

Enhancing English Education and Teacher Training in Uzbekistan

The Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan has introduced significant reforms in the education sector to modernize approaches and methodologies and to link education standards to best international practices. These large-scale reforms include the goal of improving the standard of English language teaching and learning outcomes of students. Through the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN), administered...

Revitalizing Engineering Education in Uzbekistan

Engineering education in Uzbekistan requires global recognition to improve rankings and attract international students. 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, Tashkent University of Information Technologies (TUIT) and Kent State University are collaboratively exploring ways to...

Catalyzing International Administrative and Research Collaborations in Engineering and Agriculture

Over the past three decades, the internationalization of higher education has become a priority in developing higher education in Uzbekistan and is considered an important tool in ensuring its economic stability. 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...

Enhancing STEM Research and Curriculum in Uzbekistan

The government of Uzbekistan has placed the development of science, technology, and innovation in the country as a top policy priority. 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, Washington State University (WSU) and Urgench State University...

Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN) awards announcement

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 Central Asia higher education institutions. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the 2021-2022 Central Asia University Partnerships (UniCEN) Program builds capacity for substantive international engagement between...

Preserving Architectural Treasures

Known for its ancient historical treasures, Uzbekistan’s tourism sector is rapidly growing as the country continues to open doors for foreign travelers. Preserving and maintaining historical landmarks is essential to ensure that future generations enjoy Uzbekistan’s architectural splendor. Through the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN), researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and Urgench State University spearheaded...

U.S. – Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program awards announcement

American Councils for International Education announces the awardees of the latest round of U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program grants to support projects between the U.S. and Kazakhstan higher education institutions. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the projects aim to create sustainable international engagement and partnerships between U.S. and Kazakhstan institutions of higher...

Supporting University-Industry Relations in Automotive Engineering

Kettering University and Andijan Machine-Building Institute (AndMI) A new generation of qualified workers is essential for Uzbekistan’s automotive industry, based in Andijan. 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, Kettering University and Andijan...

Exchanging English-Language Curriculum on Plurilingualism and Multiculturalism

Students across Uzbekistan have expressed interest and growing demand for modern English-language curriculum. 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, the SIT Graduate Institute partnered with Nukus State Pedagogical Institute to advance...

Tackling Environmental Challenges through Curriculum Updates

American University and Ferghana State University Ferghana Valley is most populous region of Uzbekistan, and environmental challenges are critical to the region's future. 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, American University partnered...

Inviting a New Era for Business and Economics Education

Business education is rapidly transforming in Central Asia. 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, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Tajikistan State University of Commerce (TUSC) are working to improve faculty research...

Collaborating to Fight Global Infectious Disease

Spurred by the COVID-19 epidemic, the medical education community has placed increased emphasis in working together to fight diseases globally. 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, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Tashkent...

Launching Geospatial Technologies for Agriculture

Geospatial technologies are critical for Kazakhstan's agricultural sector to become more efficient and globally integrated. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and administered by American Councils for International Education, Monroe Community College (MCC) and Kazakh Agrotechnical University (KATU) are using geospatial technologies to identify wheat disease in Kazakhstan.

Suleyman Demirel University

Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) is one of the first private higher education institutions in Kazakhstan. It is situated in the mountainous town of Kaskelen, 20km from Almaty city center. The University was founded in 1996 and opened by the president of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev. SDU currently has four faculties: Education & Humanities, Engineering & Natural Sciences,...

Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN): Sharing Knowledge and Sustaining Networks

On October 29-21, 50 representatives of UniCEN partner universities from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan gathered near Tashkent to showcase the results of their partnerships, participate in networking sessions, and share new project concepts to sustain networks. In addition, six U.S. researchers and administrators from UniCEN partner universities (Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln) presented their partnerships as examples of best practice.   The conference was also attended by representatives...

Central Asia Genomics Symposium

The first Central Asia Genomics Symposium will be held in hybrid format at the National University of Uzbekistan on December 9-10, 2021 in Tashkent. About this event The symposium intends to be a hub for genomics-related research in Central Asia, where participants can learn, network and engage to empower new...

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers through Virtual Exchange

In light of adoption of remote learning spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) has gained rapid popularity as a model to support internationalization in the classroom. 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...

Call for Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

The United States Embassy in Uzbekistan announces the competition for the 2022 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) The deadline for submitting proposals is November 25, 2021 The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation provides grants to preserve historic sites, artifacts, manuscripts and museum collections, as well as traditional forms of expression, such...

Introducing American Studies to Uzbekistan

In recent years, students in Uzbekistan have expressed interest in taking courses on U.S. history and contemporary society while improving their English skills. 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, Union Institute and University partnered with Termez State University to launch the first American Studies course in Uzbekistan.   Beginning in...

Deploying Digital Learning in Kyrgyzstan

Higher education curriculum in Kyrgyzstan often does not align with the needs of a rapidly changing learning environment that embraces digital instruction. 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, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey partnered...

Advancing Hands-On STEM Education

Uzbekistan’s leadership has outlined a policy to expand project-based teaching methods, students’ entrepreneurship skills and transform universities into centers for the development of education and science. 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, professors from Massachusetts...

Improving English Language for Uzbekistan’s Tourism

As the tourism industry rapidly grows in Uzbekistan, there is increasing need for English proficiency. 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, the University of Wyoming (UW) partnered with three Uzbekistan universities to improve English language learning for the tourism sector. Beginning in September 2020, UW assisted Bukhara...

Launching Online Courses for Agricultural Mechanization

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...

Improving English in STEM Teaching and Curriculum

Improving the pedagogy and updating English language curriculum is a critical need for Kazakhstan’s higher education system as it continues to reform. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Toraighyrov University, Pavlodar Pedagogical University, Shakarim University in Semey, and Kokshetau Abay Myrzakhmetov University...

Navigating the World of Academic Publications

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a priority for researchers in Uzbekistan higher education to disseminate their knowledge. 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, Iowa State University and the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization...

Revitalizing Medical Education

Uzbekistan has begun reconstructing its medical system and setting up clinics as a national priority. In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, international collaboration to support the next generation of medical professionals is paramount. Through the Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN), administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the...

Enhancing Teacher Preparation for English in STEM

Kazakhstan’s ambitious educational reform strategy calls for an increase of English skills among teachers of STEM subjects. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Kokshetau University and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are enhancing teacher preparation and teaching methodology.

Revamping English in STEM in the Classroom

Kazakhstan has embarked on an ambitious educational reform process to increase English skills among teachers and students by 2025. Through the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Program administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, East Kazakhstan Technical University (EKTU) and University of Delaware are collaborating to improve the level of English...

Key Curriculums for Ecology and Environmental Sciences in Kazakhstan and Central Asia Academic Institutions

Michigan State University and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University invites universities faculty members to participate in the «Key Curriculums for Ecology and Environmental Sciences in Kazakhstan and Central Asia Academic Institutions» workshop. The goal of this project is to share and revise the curriculums of major courses required for ecological and environmental sciences for...

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IN FULBRIGHT PROGRAM”

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University is inviting you to join on April 9, 2021. The webinar is within the framework of the MONTH OF SCIENCE at Abai KazNPU. The organizers of the webinar are the Postdoctoral Researcher of Abai KazNPU, the moderator - Bayan Sapargaliyeva, the main speaker of the event will be –...

THE INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “ONLINE TEACHING STRATEGIES”

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University (Abai KazNPU) is inviting you to join the international webinar “Online Teaching Strategies” on April 7, 2021. The webinar is within the framework of the MONTH OF SCIENCE at Abai KazNPU and part of the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Project “Evidence-based educator preparation and organizational culture” with the participation of the California State...

THE INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “PARTICIPATION OF TEACHERS IN DECISION-MAKING”

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University (Abai KazNPU) is inviting you to join the international webinar "Participation of Teachers in Decision-Making" on April 5, 2021. The webinar is within the framework of the MONTH OF SCIENCE at Abai KazNPU and part of the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Project "Evidence-based educator preparation and organizational culture" with the participation of the...

THE INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “FEATURES OF THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF FUTURE TEACHERS”

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University (Abai KazNPU) is inviting you to join the international webinar "Features of professional training of future teachers" on April 2, 2021. The webinar is within the framework of the MONTH OF SCIENCE and part of the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Project "Evidence-based educator preparation and organizational culture" with the participation of the California...