by Alisher Sabirov and Gayrat Suyunov
The aim of this study to analyze the impact of university extracurricular activities (ECA) on students` leadership skills. We use two-part (two-sample) primary data collected from foundation course students (CIFS) of Westminster International University in Tashkent in September 2016 and April 2017, respectively. Employing OLS method in our analysis, we find positive impact of ECA on students` leadership skills. We notice lower level of leadership skills among female students from data collected in September 2016, whereas in the second sample we find no significant gender difference. Leadership skills level is higher among students who rents a house in comparison with those who lives with parents. It is necessary to organize a systematic approach that stimulates the integration of extracurricular activities into the educational process, as one source of students` leadership skills development.
- Awareness raising for the issue of small population of female students and workforce in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields
- Motivation and spreading success stories of 12 women of Uzbekistan who brilliantly developed their careers in STEM
- Brainstorming and discussion of challenges of women career development and education in STEM
- Monthly events in a form of panel discussion and interview with 12 women in STEM, informal discussions, Q&A è list of women
- Last Saturday in of the month, IB #201, registration for the event through doITwomen page on Facebook, up to 70 participants, free registration
WIUT @25 Development Strategy is an ambitious and at the same time achievable plan that articulates our vision for the next 10 years and will lead us to the University’s 25th Anniversary. The strategy is founded on the idea that the university will continue to provide and improve its facilities in a way that our capable and motivated students will be able to broaden their horizons, build up competences and better demonstrate them.
As the University grows and embraces inclusiveness, it is important that the strategic planning ensures that all units work in the same corporate and cultural direction to achieve the University’s strategic goals. To this end, the staff members are invited to carefully study, implement and provide feedback on these development strategies, corporate policies and practices.
WIUT @25 Development Strategy is considered to be a key document in both long-term and short-term institutional planning, providing a focus for the University’s efforts over the next ten years. It is going to act as a strategic guideline for resource allocation to maximise progress and effectiveness of services provided by the University and the departments. The goals set are very conceptual and provide flexibility for the University’s units to collectively implement them by developing their own objectives in support of the strategy.
We believe the strategy is to help colleagues within the WIUT and the external stakeholders to think of the ways they can best contribute to the University’s overall strategic development.
On 20th of January Westminster International University in Tashkent hosted a Conference on Development Prospects of entrepreneurial activities, innovative ideas and technology in the Republic of Uzbekistan organized together with Tashkent University of Information Technologies and Inha University in Tashkent. A
Conference was initiated by «Innovative Development Group», which consists of the most active and talented students with outstanding academic results from TUIT named after Muhammad Al-Kwarizmi, WIUT and IUT. IDG organizes monthly events via guests lectures to analyze past, current and prospective reforms in the sphere of innovative development, IT and communications.
The principle aim of «Innovative Development Group» is to provide the analysis of prospective reforms for innovative and ICT development of the Republic of Uzbekistan based of international experience and the ideas of younger generation.
Major objectives of «Innovative Development Group» are the following :
• To develop students’ professional and social skills by organizing monthly conferences, brainstorms and other events with local and international specialists.
• To reveal talents and provide them with the opportunities to be employed by leading IT companies and governmental organizations.
• To analyze world-wide experience including various reforms concerned with innovations and IT.
• To organize different event with the successful businessmen, governmental officials and
representatives of multinational companies located in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
After the conference the most active participants were awarded by AK "Uzbektelekom" and Uzmobile companies.
On 22nd of January Westminster International University in Tashkent organized a unique event: simultaneous chess play by Woman Grandmaster Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim, the strongest female chess player in Uzbekistan at the moment. The event is dedicated to the Day of Defenders of Motherland.
The champion was challenged by 20 students and staff members from our university at a simultaneous game. She is just 17, but already has obtained 3-5th places in the World Chess Championship(U20) among females in 2017, won Central Asian Cup and Asian Championship among females(U20) in 2015 and title of the best female Uzbek player 7 times from 2008 to 2016. The winner was awarded a special prize by the University.
LRC Digital Library launched on January 19, is an electronic platform for more than 300 e-books, e-journals and final projects and it is not the limit. LRC staff is striving to increase the visibility and opportunities for researchers. From the very beginning, the WIUT LRC has taken an advantage of the latest technology in creating digital catalogues for faster and easier access to its resources.
Updated and high demanded materials are being downloaded on a weekly basis by LRC staff members. Digital library e-book collection contains hundreds of titles covering key subject areas in Business studies and Marketing, Business Information Systems and Technology, Economics and Finance, Law and Commercial Law, Mathematics, English for Academic Purposes and Teaching and even fiction books. Interface is user-friendly and the most informative due to a number of running lines with news and promo photos.
The library of WIUT is similar to the library of Westminster University in London. WIUT does not put any restrictions on usage of library facilities. All visitors have an open access to all available resources. The platform also maintains electronic versions of LRC high demanded printed materials.
Marketing research workshop by Feruza Abidova
Startup companies are newly born companies which struggle for existence. These entities are mostly formed based on brilliant ideas and grow to succeed. These phenomena are mentioned in the literature of management, organization, and entrepreneurship theories. However, a clear picture of these entities is not available. This paper tries to conceptualize the phenomenon, i.e. “startup”, and recognize the challenges they might face. After reviewing the life cycle and the challenges, the paper concludes with some concluding remarks.
Dear Generation Z students,
You may wonder why students need to be engaged in cutting-edge research. Research is an endless process of endeavor.
by Saida Akbarova and Liliya Makovskaya
Report writing is the most challenging aspect in teaching Academic English. In addition to linguistic skills, students need to possess several transferable skills to accomplish such type of writing. We believe that to enhance both language proficiency and needed skills a small-scale research should be conducted by students. This written assignment requires students to communicate the message clearly, to provide logical arguments, to write in an appropriate format and style, to incorporate sources, to avoid plagiarism and follow a certain referencing system. In this presentation, we aim to share our experiences in developing report writing following several stages of its organization and designing syllabus (learning outcomes, assessment and content).
On 16th of January Westminster International University in Tashkent organized the first "Information session for applicant’s parents". The information session was dedicated to the 16th Anniversary of WIUT.
Parents play a vital role in helping their children to make decisions about their future career. While attending the event parents had an opportunity to get acquainted with the University and better understand the study process. The event consisted of a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. After this parents had a tour to WIUT Learning and Resource Center.