On 23rd of April, 2018, WIUT students competed for the proud title of New Academic Talent. Asrorbek Orzikulov, a final year student, with his undergraduate thesis "Does the Fama-French model perform better than the Capital Asset Pricing Model? Evidence from Russia" was awarded the first place in the annual WIUT New Academic Talent competition.
Many student dissertations were submitted for the competition and the best three were selected for the second round. Two other finalists were: Yu Elena (Impact of being self-employed on life satisfaction. Evidence from South Korea) and Nigora Turaeva (Determinants of female entrepreneurship. The case of Central Asia). Importantly, the guidance and countless support of student supervisors, particularly Qobiljon Yunusov and Muzaffar Ahunov, must be acknowledged.
In the second round, finalists presented their papers in front of 80+ company representatives and academics. Students had the opportunity to present themselves, their dissertation, network with employers and receive valuable comments. Papers and presentations were judged based on originality, substance, analytical nature, and clarity of writing and oral presentation.
On 11th of May the winner was awarded a Tablet PC and all finalists received WIUT apparel and had lunch with the Deans.
New Academic Talent competition among current Level 6 and 7 students, writing their final year dissertations. Applicants submit their final year project (20-50 pages) and an extended abstract (1-2 pages) to the first round. Selected finalists then make their poster presentation at WIUT’s Career Week in the second round. Papers will be judged based on originality, substance, analytical nature, and clarity of writing. We plan to invite potential investors, employers and academics for this event.
Prize for the winner consists of a Tablet PC, WIUT apparel, and get the opportunity to have lunch with the Deans and Supervisors. The winner’s article will also be featured on wiut.uz and Research Digest. Special prize will also be given for the best project with implications for Uzbekistan. In sum, students have the opportunity to present themselves, their dissertation and potentially gain funding and/or a job in an innovative firm, network and receive valuable comments.
Deadline for submissions is 26 March, 2018.
Last year winner was Diyora Abdurakhmanova, Commercial Law graduate, with her undergraduate thesis “Italian Serie A: Law as an Impediment to Construction and Ren-ovation of Stadiums”. You can find more information about last year New Academic Talent competition on Research Digest (May 2017) issue (http://www.wiut.uz/research/digest)