Students travel to Uzbekistan for 1st Westminster International University Tashkent Exchange Summer School


Between 7–16 June 2016, the Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) welcomed Politics and International Relations students from the University of Westminster for the first ever jointly delivered WUIT-UoW Exchange Summer School 2016.


Students were able to participate in workshops and discussions on the theme of “Global Engagement” with lectures addressing questions on globalisation and its effects on the world.


Speaking about the benefits of the exchange for her studies, Politics and International Relations student Jenna Hardwick said:


With this trip being focused on globalisation it is not only relevant but important for us to visit Uzbekistan as Asia’s role on the international stage becomes increasingly significant. Throughout university so far, much of my work has focused around the Middle East, so I am particularly excited to be visiting a country with close links both geographically and economically to that region. Coming from a Western education system, I am intrigued to meet new people from a different culture and listen to new perspectives that I might have not previously considered, from this I believe that we will all be able to learn something new from each other, to help broaden our continued studies


PhD Student and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Greg Aasen added:


We’ve been really enjoying Uzbekistan. We’ve learned a lot from guest speakers through really helpful discussions. For instance, we met with EU representatives in Uzbekistan. Uzbek students learnt about the challenges of the EU integration, and we learnt a lot about the challenges facing Uzbekistan with Eurasian integration, trade etc…We are all quite amazed about the culture and recent developments in the country


Lecturers taking part in the summer school included; the University of Westminster’s Dr Farhang Morady, Principal Lecturer in Development and International Relations; Dr Kamiljon Karimov, the Rector, WIUT; Dr Sodyq Safaev, the Chairman of Committee for Foreign Relations of the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan; and Alan P. France, the first Deputy Rector on Academic Affairs, WIUT.


The WIUT Exchange Summer School was initiated with a goal to build a platform for collaboration between the University of Westminster and Westminster International University Tashkent staff and students to widen the global outlook of both institutions.


WIUT is the only internationally validated university in Central Asia, with all courses validated by the University of Westminster. Graduate successes include Saidrasul Nasretdinov who graduated in Business Administration BA Honours in 2006, and went on to work as a leading economist for the Ministry of Finance in Uzbekistan.


Undergraduate and postgraduate courses delivered at WIUT include the International Commercial Law BA HonoursEconomics BSc HonoursBusiness Information Systems BSc HonoursInternational Business Management MA, and Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Teaching and Learning courses.