18 students from Westminster International University of Tashkent (WIUT) took part in the University of Westminster Summer School Programme from 2-15 May, run by the Department of Politics and International Relations.

During the exchange, students were able to participate in workshops, lectures as well as taking part in theWestminster Global Challenge – The End of The Global?’ This student-led conference, taking place over two days, 5 and 6 May, attracted students from around the world, including Vietnam, Canada, India, Spain and Uzbekistan. Some students from the WIUT presented papers at this conference.

Lecturers organising the summer school programme included Dr Farhang Morady, Principal Lecturer in International Relations and Development and exchange coordinator, and Dr Manjeet Ridon, Senior Academic Coordinator for the University’s partnership with WIUT, who were assisted by Professor Peter Paul Catterall, Professor of History and Policy at the University of Westminster.

The Westminster Summer School also gave WIUT students the chance to discover more about London through cultural visits to landmarks such as The Museum of Bank of England, The Museum of Docklands, and the Parliament.

Speaking about the benefits of the exchange for the students Keletso Kesupile, second year International Relations and Development student from University of Westminster, made the following statement:

“In 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit Uzbekistan and interact and develop bonds with the students in WIUT. The bonds grew as some of the same students from Uzbekistan come to London for 10 days.  I am grateful for the now existing   relationship between the two universities. I hope this develop further with more exchange programs to come”

The WIUT Exchange Summer School was initiated with the aim 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.

Professor Dibyesh Anand, head of department for Politics and International Relations, who delivered a lecture to the group on ‘Diversity and International Relations’, said: "An important aspect of education is transforming our minds. We hope that through this summer school, and the previous one where our Department went to Uzbekistan, Westminster and WIUT students have challenged their stereotypes about the UK, Uzbekistan or the world, and resolved to learn from each other."

With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all its forms. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations. We are an international institution, located in the heart of London.

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