The economics team at Westminster International University Tashkent (WIUT) has achieved strong results in an international competition for economics research projects.

This year, two students made it to the Global Top 15 at the New Economic Talent competition, and Nodira Khaydarova took first prize for best undergraduate paper. WIUT accounted for 20 per cent of the best 15 papers from around the world, and is the only institution to have more than one project among the top 15.

The New Economic Talent competition is open to final-year students and fresh graduates, and is organised by the highly reputable Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) based in Prague.

In 2014, two of WIUT’s Level 6 students made it to the Global Top 15, while Salim Turdaliev took second place overall and presented his research project in Prague to the team of professors from CERGE-EI and UC-Berkeley. WIUT's submissions made up 20 per cent of the best 15 papers out of 100, which had been submitted by students from 94 universities in 55 countries.

WIUT was founded in 2002 in partnership with the University of Westminster in London and the UMID Foundation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and became the first international university of Uzbekistan.

CERGE-EI is a partnership between Charles University in Prague and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The partnership is designed to promote modern education and research in economics located in Prague.

Further details of the competition are available at CERGE-EI’s website.

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