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. ”