On November 9th of this year, a significant meeting took place at SIUT (Samarkand Institute of University Technologies), hosting a delegation from the Consortium for Global Education (CGE), led by CGE's President Carolyn Bishop. The delegation included representatives from various U.S. and India institutions.
This format of meeting at SIUT was a first and provided an excellent opportunity for both students and the academic staff to gain insights into the activities of the Consortium, international programs, and academic exchange opportunities.
CGE expressed its readiness to provide necessary support in certifying various programs offered at SIUT and to launch a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the university in the upcoming academic year.
Bobby Hall, President of Wayland University, shared, “Having an international certificate will open up new opportunities for SIUT graduates.”
CGE representatives acknowledged their willingness to assist top-performing students in securing grants. In response, Rector of SIUT Prof. Yusuf Abdullaev emphasized Uzbekistan's continuous support for gifted youth through funds providing various grants for education abroad, such as the "El-yurt umidi" fund, which annually awards thousands of grants and provides comprehensive support to Uzbek students, master's students, doctoral candidates, and researchers studying abroad. Additionally, the Rector noted that in the current academic year, SIUT allocated 20 government grants (5 grants each for the fields of Geology and Geoengineering, Mining, Chemical Engineering, and Thermal Engineering) and over 70 grants from SIUT's Board of Trustees Chairman, Bakhtiyor Fazilov.
The meeting's program also featured student performances, including national dances, live renditions of national Uzbek maqoms accompanied by traditional musical instruments. The event concluded with a performance of the song "Samarkand" by Zulfiya Rashidova, head of the university's Youth, Spirituality, and Education Department, leaving the distinguished guests with warm memories of their reception.