Dr. Rustam Abduraupov Featured

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rustam minWhat is your educational background?

I got my bachelors in Accounting and Auditing at Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers. During my undergraduate years I was awarded various scholarships, including the State scholarship named after Mirzo Ulugbek., This granted me an opportunity to be accepted as a master student to any relevant university and specialization within our country. Thanks to distinctive studies I received offers from a few international universities to do my masters. However, my father asked me to stay in Tashkent and apply for a local university. Having followed his advice, I graduated from Tashkent Financial Institute and received an academic degree of MSc in Accounting at the age of 21. Later, when I was a visiting faculty-researcher in Wageningen University (Netherlands), I finalized my doctoral dissertation. The topic of my research was “Improving the mechanisms of management of economic potential of foreign-invested enterprises in Uzbekistan”. Due to the fact that it was initially registered by the Higher Attestation Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, I came back and successfully defended it, when I was 30 years old. Thus, I hold a Doctor of Sciences in Economics scientific degree with specialization in Management.

What are your research interests?

I have various research interests in management, finance and accounting. Nowadays they are mainly related to business valuation and transparency issues.

Have you involved your students in your research?

There are still a lot of interesting aspects of my doctoral dissertation topic, which can be further investigated. I have doctoral and undergraduate level students under my supervision. We are working together on these aspects. All of them are hardworking and smart. I really enjoy working with my students on research topics and seeing their progress.

What are one or two of your proudest professional accomplishments?

The first two that came to my mind were the following:

the impact of my doctoral dissertation results on the economy of Uzbekistan. The results were used in policy decision making processes and regulations i.e. decree and law;

as a Course Leader, and thanks to a brilliant WIUT team, we validated a new postgraduate course – MA in International Business Management. We updated the original modules and introduced a few new modules, e.g. Corporate Finance and Its Applications, Project management, Operations Management and Digital Marketing. Most importantly, just before we started the validated course, the Government of Uzbekistan implemented reforms on currency liberalization. This will lead, in particular, to the development of a financial market in Uzbekistan; and the government has started supporting project management and e-commerce and creating new logistics centers in all the regions. It appears that our team was one step ahead and knew exactly the future trends of the country’s development beforehand.

Do you have International work experience?

In 2011 I was invited as a visiting faculty to the University of Denver (USA). I was involved in making presentations on the topics of Accounting and Management; giving speeches on general economics of the Central Asian Countries; consulting US citizens on taxation issues; participating in charity events; attending scientific seminars etc. I also spent most of 2014-2015 as a visiting faculty-researcher of Management Studies Group in Wageningen University (Netherlands). I had a very fruitful collaboration with my colleagues: working on publications and my doctoral dissertation, teaching Corporate Financial Management and Business and Financial Management modules for undergrads and postgrads, mentoring the students and participating in research projects.

Places you have visited and wish to visit?

I like travelling. I have visited about 20 countries around the world. Most of them are within the EU. I would like to visit Scandinavian and Latin American countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Favorite thing about working at WIUT

I very much enjoy WIUT’s favorable, positive and supportive working environment, which exists thanks to the outstanding executive, academic and administrative staff.

The most life-changing, transformative experience of your life

I would say that this was my doctoral dissertation pre- and post-defense period. I got acquainted with a lot of scholars, academics, researchers, businessmen and policy makers. I learnt to look at the same issue from different perspectives. I also realized that there is great potential in development of science and research skills in economics area in our country.

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