|UMID and the British Council|
Since the launch,
the Council has been proud to be at the forefront in promoting the professional
education of UMID scholars in various ways:
The British Council also contributed to establishing the UMID Alumni Association, which has grown from 50 members in 1999 to around 250 members at present. The Council maintains a close relationship with the former UMID scholars and helps them to keep in touch with one another to retain a sense of community over the years. Under the terms and conditions of the UMID sponsored programme, on their return scholars are required to work in government organisations or state-owned enterprises for a minimum of five years. The British Council supports the scholars in their professional development by offering them the opportunity to access networking events organised by the Council, to enjoy free Information Centre services and subscribe to the Council's mailing lists and resource links.
In recent years, the demand for education geared specially towards international degrees has increased nationwide. This has been matched in the UK by the year-on-year expansion in Uzbek student enrolment numbers since the UMID Foundation began in 1997. This new programme enabled participants to gain well-recognised professional qualifications and the Foundation to gain experience in working with UK universities. As a result of this UMID has developed close relationships with British universities and since 2001 has been placing students independently.
However, we will continue to offer advice and assistance to UMID particularly through the delivery of IELTS exams. In addition, our co-operation will enter a new phase with the launch of Westminster International University in Tashkent, which is also sponsored by the UMID Foundation.
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