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DFID's academic partnerships

The British Government's Department for International Development (DFID) invited the British Council to manage an academic partnership project, that helps higher education institutions in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan prepare their degree programmes to match the needs of the emerging new economies in the Central Asia region.

There are sixteen partnerships in the region of which five are in Uzbekistan.

The project has been running for three years and a new project starting in January 2001 will disseminate the materials developed by these Central Asian partnerships to a wider selection of higher education institutions.

The partnerships in Uzbekistan include Regional Academic Partnership Scheme (REAP).

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UWED Lycee project

There is a new system of senior secondary education being introduced which offers both vocational and academic schooling to young people before higher or vocational specialised education.

The University of World Economy and Diplomacy has opened a new lyceum which is piloting an innovative curriculum and teaching reform project. Model schemes of work are being introduced which will provide a student centred approach to learning and encourage independent thinking and analytical skills.

The project is co funded by the Quickstop Group (a British company), the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council. Project expertise is deployed by Professor Steve Hodkinson of Brunel University and by two partner schools in Britain, the Hampton and Lampton schools.

ADB Basic Education project

This is a project run by the government of Uzbekistan's Ministry of Public Education under a loan provided by the Asian Development Bank to improve the quality and relevance of Basic Education in Uzbekistan, (lower to middle secondary education). The specific objectives of the project are to improve the quality durability, and availability of textbooks and other instructional material, and to improve the efficiency of the textbook production system.

Areas of work include:

developing capacity in curriculum development
textbook writing and publishing
providing new Latin script textbooks in key subject areas for rural schools
training classroom teachers in using student centred teaching methods
strengthening the textbook production system upgrading equipment for publishing
and printing and providing high quality paper and cover board for more durable books.

The British Council consortium will work for three years on this project and includes International Book Development Ltd and King's College London.

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