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CALL FOR PAPERS Fourth Forum of Young Economists

17/4/2015

Dear Friends!

We would like to invite you to submit a paper to the Fourth Forum of Young Economists organized jointly by Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) and the Institute for forecasting and macroeconomic research (IFMR) under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Forum will convene in WIUT on May 29th, 2015.

The Forum aims to promote research by attracting young people’s ideas on finding solutions to important development related issues in contemporary economics, to identify and support talented young people interested in doing research. The forum will include discussions of papers by young economists,such as researchers, students and others.

Main events of the forum include:

  • A plenary session followed by discussions in the parallel sessions;
  • Competition for the best research paper (article) in every parallel session.

Who can participate?

The forum invites all researchers aged 35 or younger. These include but not limited to university faculty,students, think-tank employees, policymakers, and public sector workers. Submission deadline: Interested people can send their application and paper(.doc/.docx format) to the Organizing Committee (e-mail: forum@ifmr.uz) by April 25, 2015

Only one paper can be submitted per person. Authors of all accepted papers will get an official invitation. The committee will select presented papers for publication in the Forum proceedings. It is therefore important that authors present their papers during the forum. Conference proceedings will be made available free of charge for participants of the forum. Papers must be either in Uzbek,Russian, or English.

With questions please contact:

Sanemkhan Nurillaeva, email: snurillaeva@ifmr.uz

Nurmukhammad Yusupov, email: nyusupov@wiut.uz


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“Culture & Art Days” 2015!

14/4/2015

DSC_2057++Over thirteen years Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) has formed its own peculiar system of values where the culture, arts and sports have become a special tradition. Given the increased interest of the students in the project “Culture Week”, which has been held at the University since 2009, starting from the academic year 2014 the event is celebrated twice a year – in spring and autumn seasons – and was re-titled as the “Culture & Art Days”.

Initiated by WIUT Social Department and organized jointly with the British Embassy in Tashkent, this year on April 13 the spring season of “Culture & Art Days” at WIUT opened with the exhibition of art works of WIUT students on the topic “Art is Great: Uzbekistan-UK” and a musical concert in honor of the Uzbek and the British cultures.

During the event, the audience enjoyed the students’ art works hung all around the auditorium, which were awarded in 4 categories by WIUT Rector Komiljon Karimov and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mr. George Edgar:
- The best work in fine art: Sabina Kudratova, “Crystal”, Malika Mirzaeva
- The best work in photo art: Lola Baymirzaeva, Dilmurod Rustamov, Madina Tursunbaeva
- The best work in video art: Khalil Muminov, Aziza Pulatova.
- The best work in writing art: Diana Khamidova, Khikmat Khidoyatov, Rahmatullo Akhmedov

+Hope Web+The accompanying concert led by Julia Kubanova and Doniyor Rasulov was brought by the unified creative talents of the students, staff and the guest artists, the orchestra “Young Talents of Uzbekistan”. The show started with “Ey Samo” by Karina Hesketh and “Poppuri” of Uzbek movie songs by Odina Aliyeva. The second part of the concert – the British rock n’ roll – was opened by Sherzod Shoasilov who made his tribute to the band “Queen”, dedicating his performance to Hope (L’espoir). Following him, the University’s favorites “Flying Up” spectacularly concluded the event with their tributes to the “Beatles”, “Deep Purple” and other well-known British musicians.

2+The next day April 14 was full of emotions, humor and a bit of nostalgia. One of the funniest and happiest days, KVN featured WIUT students, guest teams from the premier and senior leagues of KVN Uzbekistan, performing to entertain the audience with their actual, smart and sometimes not that smart, but still funny jokes: “International”, “Дубль Первый GQ”, “Like”, “Hardcore”, “Manhattan” and the “West”.

The most remarkable moment of the event came in the end with the performance of the beloved “West”. The team has been on the stage for the last five years and made a huge progress by ending up with a victory in the senior league of KVN Uzbekistan. On April 14 they announced that it would be their last show and a special one. During his speech the team captain Aziz went through the history of WIUT from how it started when he was a student and what is achieved now. The team expressed its gratitude for its fans and the University. It was not only an exciting, but a bit sad and touching performance, receiving standing ovations from everyone in the audience.

11130397_803190279729769_2209001667316097314_o+++The theme of British business in Uzbekistan was a highlight of the third day (April 15) of “Culture & Art Days”. At the invitation of the British Embassy and WIUT, representatives of British companies present in Uzbekistan talked to students about their operations, achievements and future business plans. Ms Fiona Maxton, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, talked about the development of bilateral trade and investment relations. She also described how the Commercial Section of the Embassy supports both British companies operating in Uzbekistan and those which are interested in exploring opportunities here. Mr Habib Djalilov, the Head of Marketing at UK Heavy Machinery which represents British firm JCB in Uzbekistan, spoke about JCB history, products and operations in Uzbekistan. JCB is the world’s third-largest construction equipment manufacturer. Ms Olga Li, Brand Manager for British Home Stores (BHS) in Uzbekistan, talked to students about the launch of their big store, offering clothing, fashion accessories and household items. The discussions between speakers and the audience were interesting, productive and vibrant.

During the same day the British Embassy participated in the trivia game ‘Zakovat’ as part of the UK focused events within the week. Asif Choudhury, Head of the Political and Public Diplomacy Section at the British Embassy, took part with 23 teams from 8 Tashkent universities. The teams were asked numerous questions about history, culture, arts, economy, and literature as well as aspects of life in Uzbekistan and UK. At the awards ceremony, Asif Choudhury presented prizes from the Embassy to the winners, students representing the Tashkent State Architecture Institute. Runners up were from the Tashkent State University of Information Technologies and the ‘Absolute’ team from WIUT.

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2015 Summer School for Young Economists

07/4/2015

During June 1-12 Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) will be organizing the second Summer School for Young Economists. The Summer School will be organized in cooperation with the Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research (IFMR) under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic Uzbekistan and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The aim of the Summer School is to strengthen the capacity of young economists of Uzbekistan for quantitative research, economic policy analysis, and, in particular, for econometric analysis of socioeconomic phenomena in the context of economics and related social sciences.

The emphasis in the programme of the Summer School will be made on identifying causal relationships based on statistical data analysis. When necessary, the programme will also cover mathematical foundations of modern econometrics. In particular, students of the Summer School will learn:

  • how to identify and develop research questions, important aspects of writing scientific papers and process of publication of research results in international peer-reviewed journals
  • methods of empirical data analysis and building robust statistical model
  • methods of detecting causality in statistical data and identification strategies, addressing endogeneity problems
  • how to the interpret analytically the results of empirical research

Classes of the Summer School will be held at WIUT premises, with the sessions combining applied and empirical analysis using advanced statistical packages such as Stata. All classes will be conducted in English by experienced IFPRI researchers and WIUT faculty members with experience in modern research in economics.

All participants of the Summer School will be invited to participate in the Fourth Forum of Young Economists to be held on May 29, 2015, organized jointly by WIUT and IFPRI. The most promising researchers among the participants of the Summer School may be invited, on a competitive basis, to IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a research internship.

Participation requirements:
Participants for the Summer School will be selected on a competitive basis. All those who are engaged in research or planning to do so, fluent in English, at the age of 35 and below are eligible. Applicants should submit a completed 2015 Summer School Application Form together with their CV to the following address research@wiut.uz and summerschool@ifmr.uz no later than May 7, 2015.

Those who will be traveling to Tashkent from the regions will be offered the following in-kind support by the organizers:

  • Economy class round-trip travel to Tashkent via air or rail
  • Three meals a day for the duration of the Summer School and the Fourth Forum of Young Economists
  • Accommodation in WIUT dormitory for the duration of the Summer School and the Fourth Forum of Young Economists

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Celebrating Navruz!

25/3/2015

5555+With the commence of the beloved spring holiday Navruz and festivities taking place nationwide all around Uzbekistan, Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) organized the traditional Navruz Celebrations.

10913594_785629954856063_1399817650_n+Navruz Celebrations is an annual event at WIUT and a very good reason to have a great time! Held on the 25th of March, the great event started with senior students from all faculties planting their spring trees as a memory for the home university, a sign of the rise of new sprouts – the future graduates of the University. It was followed by a grandiose concert by students and guest musicians, a gala dinner with the main holiday dishes like plov and sumalyak.

This year’s celebrations featured not only music and dances and delicious dishes, but also master classes on arts, performance of national sport games like tug-of-war, kite launching and many more. In addition, as the new 2015 was declared “Year of Attention and Care for Older Generation”, WIUT students organized a charity fair, proceedings of which will go to support for elderly people.

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“Art is Great” – WIUT and British Embassy joint contest

19/3/2015

ArtWestminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) in cooperation with the British Embassy are organizing a series of contests as part of the exhibition “Art is great: Uzbekistan-UK” to be held on the 13th of April as an opening event of the traditional “Culture & Art Days” at WIUT.

On the 18th of March Social Department and the teaching staff from the Faculty of English and Personal Development organized an essay contest among CIFS students on the topic “Which aspects of life (education, art, sport etc.) can help create closer relations between Uzbekistan and the UK”.

It was the first contest within the framework of “Art is great: Uzbekistan-UK”, which includes three more contests among WIUT students from all levels, with the themes of their creative works relating to both Uzbekistan and the UK:

  • Art work (painted, graphic, installation etc.)
  • Photo Art
  • Video Art (max. 5 min)

Students may submit their creative works until 10th of April. The winners of the contests in each of the 4 categories will receive awards and prizes from WIUT administration and the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mr. George Edgar.

For more information please contact Guzal Sultanova at gsultanova@wiut.uz or (+998 71) 238 74 41 ext. 439


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