NEWS AND EVENTS
November 13, 2014
Fresh Opportunities to Explore Chinese Experience
The creation of the Faculty of Chinese Studies is the second major change undertaken by the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies since the start of the year. The first one was the establishment of the Abu Raihon Beruni Center for the Study of Oriental Manuscripts at the institute.
“Eighty-three freshman students are currently enrolled in the new faculty, studying Chinese philosophy, world politics, the economics of countries and country studies,” says the rector of the Institute, Abdurahim Mannonov. “Our goal is to train high-caliber specialists in Chinese Studies, who would have a good command of the Chinese language along with good knowledge of Chinese history, culture, politics and economy.”
The intense interest in China is fully understandable. The country is the world’s second biggest economy and Chinese-made goods are in great demand. It therefore comes as no surprise that the country is dubbed ‘the factory of the world’. Young specialists would be instrumental in further developing the bilateral cooperation that commenced back in the times of the historical Silk Road. In recent years, joint enterprises have mushroomed across Uzbekistan.
The teachers have been using modern teaching and information technologies during the educational process, and a series of organizational issues are being addressed. The institute has forged partnerships with leading Chinese universities and institutes with an eye to attracting professionals to increase the students’ knowledge and skills and sending Uzbek students and teachers to China as interns.
Cooperation between Uzbek and Chinese higher educational institutions will contribute to the further development of another joint project, the Confucius Institute, which has been operating at the Tashkent institute for over ten years and has given thousands of students opportunities to study the language and explore Chinese culture and literature. In the pipeline are joint educational and research programs.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)