University of Westminster Vice-Chancellor Geoff Petts and Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) Rector Komiljon Karimov formally signed a new contract for 2015–2020 at the University’s Regent Campus, reaffirming the progressive partnership between the two institutions.

Founded in collaboration with the University of Westminster and the Foundation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2002, the aim of the partnership has been to develop an international standard of education in Uzbekistan. The signing of the new contract aims to strengthen the partnership between WIUT and the University of Westminster.

Professor Alexandra Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Westminster, said: We are delighted to extend our partnership with Westminster International University in Tashkent, a model of international university education in Central Asia. Our collaboration has meant that together we have built in Uzbekistan upon the learning and teaching culture of UK Higher Education. This has created and will continue to create evolving opportunities for global learning and international engagement, of benefit to students and staff.

WIUT’s student intake has grown impressively from 120 to approximately 800 students a year and is now home to nearly 3,000 students. This expansion has been supported by major local investment and development in the campus, which offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

The signing of the new contract supports the two universities’ plans to extend the collaboration to include both undergraduate and postgraduate progression, research workshops, summer schools and executive education.

Komiljon Karimov, Rector for Westminster International University in Tashkent, said: Since its inception in 2002, Westminster International University in Tashkent has developed into a community of 3,000 students, a beacon of international education in Uzbekistan, and a dynamic, student-centred environment intended to encourage independent learning. Graduates from Westminster International University in Tashkent play an important role in the development of Uzbek society and that of the wider Central Asian region. I look forward to a continuing, fruitful partnership that will go from strength to strength.

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 Honours, Economics BSc Honours, International Business Management MA, and Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Teaching and Learning courses.

The University of Westminster supports and collaborates with various international institutions and has successful relationships with institutions across the globe.

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