The International Agricultural University will open in Tashkent this year. It is being created by the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan jointly with the Royal Agricultural University of Great Britain (Royal Agriculture University, RAU).
Gazeta.uz wrote about plans to open a new university last year. Its graduates will receive a diploma from the RAU, the oldest agricultural university in the UK, founded in 1845 and under the royal patronage of the Prince of Wales.
According to the decree of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev dated May 7, the university is granted full academic and financial independence. Education in it will be conducted both on the basis of a grant and on a paid contract basis.
The main activity of the university is the training of “highly qualified, possessing modern knowledge and skills, independently thinking, patriotic, professional personnel based on the principle of “scientifically based, practice-oriented (science-based, practice-oriented) education”, which is adapted to reflect the development agrarian sector, global trends and experience combined with national traditions”.
In addition, the university will conduct scientific research “covering the introduction of scientific achievements and innovations into production, the development of agricultural technologies and environmental sustainability practices, business development and operational efficiency in agriculture.”
The rector of the university will be proposed by Uzbekistan and appointed by the Minister of Agriculture in agreement with the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board of the University, consisting of 11 people, chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, will determine the admission parameters, forms, types and language of education, admission conditions, the amount of tuition fees, the opening of areas of education in the bachelor’s degree, specialities of the master’s and doctoral studies and other issues.
Starting from the 2023/2024 academic year, the university will operate a network Center for retraining and advanced training of personnel (Capacity Building Center) in the field of agriculture. By the end of this year, the university will open the Agro Innovation Incubator Center, which is engaged in the creation and implementation of start-up projects based on the scientific developments of students, undergraduates and scientific researchers, as well as professors-teachers, funded by international financial institutions.
From 2023, a specialized scientific council will begin to work to increase the scientific potential of the university, 50% of whose members will be selected from among international partners and compatriots living abroad.
The university will be located on the territory of the Tashkent Agrarian University. He is allowed to temporarily use the sports complex, hostel and laboratories of the university. By the 2024/2025 academic year, a new educational campus should be built for it – at the expense of grant funds from international financial institutions.
To finance the activities of the new university, funds from the European Union budget support program for the agricultural sector in the amount of $6 million and the World Bank – in the amount of $11 million are attracted. Financing will also be provided from funds coming from student education, economic, and scientific activities and the provision of services, charitable donations, grants and other sources.
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