by Jonah Schein
The number of people with access to clean drinking water is declining all over the world due to high population growth and diminishing freshwater sources. One of the solutions to sustainable freshwater supply is establishing closed-cycle water purification systems. The presentation demonstrates the state-of-the-art methods and techniques of waste water treatment in the examples of:
- Anaerobic bioreactors used in New York City
- Net positive energy use wastewater treatment in the Bay Area
- Use of Anammox bacteria in Washington, DC to reduce cost and maximize efficiency
On 5th of December Westminster International University in Tashkent welcomed Jonah Schein. Mr. Schein represents the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Water Infrastructure Division.
The seminar provided a brief overview of water management in the United States. It also highlighted examples of advanced wastewater treatment methods at use in the United States and their impact on integrated water management.
On Monday, 4th of December Director of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (UK), Dr. Farhan Nizami visited Westminster International University in Tashkent. During his lecture to WIUT students and staff members he talked about the history of Islamic civilization, the role of belief and belongingness in Islam and Islamic societies, instrumentalisation of the religion. Students enjoyed the lecture and asked many questions regarding the future of Islam, the activities of islamic Banks, the notion of Islam.
Dr. Nizami has served as the founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford since 1985. He is also the editor of the Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press and series editor of Makers of Islamic Civilization, Oxford University Press.
by Dilnovoz Abdurazzakova
We investigate impact of individual risk preferences on decision to be an employer using unique cross country data. We specifically use Life in Transition Survey wave 3 administered by the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2016 among the sample of 32000 individuals across 34 countries. The sample is representative of a transition region with over a half billion population. We find that the most risk loving individuals are the most likely to become employers. Interestingly we find that individuals with the second highest risk preference are likely to choose to be a self-employed informally. The most risk averse people select to be wage employees. Our findings are robust for alternative country level controls. Our findings explain low levels of job creation in the transition region and provide an alternative evidence to improve business environment.
On 23rd of November Gian Luca Barone, the associate of famous Zaha Hadid architecture company, gave a master class for WIUT students, staff members, for the young architects and students of Tashkent Architecture and Construction Institute. This master class has been organized by the "Istedod" Foundation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan concerned on enhancing professional skills of perspective young Teachers and Scientists, Westminster International University in Tashkent, and the directorate of the international business centre "Tashkent city".
Gian Luca Barone is a Senior Architect with broad experience in all aspects of Architecture and Interior design. During the master class Gian Luca Barone spoke mostly about projects of the company. He shared his experience in design process referring to his previous key projects he was involved in. Mr. Barone graduated with a degree in architecture in 1999 and he achieved the highest possible score in Masters at Milan Polytechnic.
Zaha Hadid Architects is a British international design and architecture firm which was founded by Zaha Hadid. The headquarter is situated in Clerkenwell, London. Among Zaha Hadid Architects' famous works are BMW Central Building (2005) in Germany, MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010) in Italy, Guangzhou Opera House (2010) in People's Republic of China, Riverside Museum (2011), a development of Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (2007-2012), in Azerbaijan, London Aquatics Centre in London, UK.
November 20th Reading Club session on "The Great Gatsby" novel had another success. This time the novel discussion was even more interesting and exciting. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel describes a group of young people living in the fictional town of West Egg. The book is probably the greatest representation of the Jazz Age (also known as the Roaring Twenties) and The American Dream in literary fiction.
The session was delivered by Dr Manjeet Ridon from the University of Westminster! Dr. Manjeet Ridon is a Senior Academic Coordinator at the University of Westminster and she is responsible for strategic partnership with WIUT.
WIUT Reading Club is not only a traditional meeting of a group of people who gather to discuss books that they have read and express their opinions. This is an initiative of LRC to promote and to engage students to work creatively through a problem to a solution into creative work.
The WIUT Reading club has been established to help students to improve their presentation skills, English language proficiency, meet new students and staff members in informal atmosphere and to know about best examples of English literature.
by Zafar Kurbanov
Currently, there is a hot debate on the prevalence of pro-social behavior (cooperation, honesty, reciprocity, etc) in market and transition economies. Some authors found that people exhibit more pro-social behavior in market economies as rules of exchange become norm. On the other hand, pro-social behavior tends to persist in transition economies, especially the ones that had socialistic and collectivistic regime prior to sovereignty. First, we argue that pro-social behavior depends on culture, particularly family culture and traditions irrespective of the country development stage. Second, we posit that pro-social behavior is likely to decline in the face of competition among people; this drop is expected to be larger for market economies. To examine these hypothesis the authors use multi-stage ultimatum and public goods game in a laboratory setting involving university students from Westminster International University in Tashkent and University of Westminster.
On November 17th, Westminster International University in Tashkent held a 13th Graduation Ceremony. The annual Award ceremony was a happy, inspiring event that took place in the Palace of Railway workers. More than 560 students acquired their diplomas during the Ceremony. WIUT Rector, UoW officials and others handed the diplomas.
The ceremony was attended by WIUT Rector Komiljon Karimov, the official representative of the University of Westminster (London) Deputy Rector on Global Engagement professor Alexandra Hughes, lecturers, members of WIUT Executive Board and others. WIUT Rector Komiljon Karimov congratulated the graduates wishing them success and professional achievements pointing out that the university was the place where students became not only specialists but valuable citizens.
According to the old British tradition all students were required to wear academic clothes featuring its special colour, blue and green.
Westminster International University in Tashkent was established by the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2002 and became the country’s pioneer institution in the sphere of international education. Nowadays, WIUT has a leading position within international universities in Uzbekistan. It provides different degree programs in management, economics, information technology and commercial law. All programmes are taught in English language. The University is also famous for it's social life and organises a lot of events and entertainments programmes.
WIUT congratulates the students on their success and wishes all the best for the future!