Incorporation of Blended Learning into Higher Education Social

Erasmus+ Call for proposals, 2015
(to be completed in English)
Name of university:
Brief description of
university, faculty,
department, number of
General information
Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT)
Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) was
founded on 16th January 2002 in partnership with the University
of Westminster (UK, London) and the UMID Foundation of the
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and became the first
international university of Uzbekistan.
WIUT provides internationally recognized higher education at
undergraduate and postgraduate levels. All programmes and
courses of WIUT, such as Economics, Business, Finance,
Information Technologies, Commercial Law, and Pedagogy are
designed in partnership with the University of Westminster and
are subject to the same quality assurance and control regulations
as those taught in the UK. Classes at WIUT are taught in English,
entry requirements and all degree certificates meet the
international standards.
Faculty and staff are highly qualified specialists from Uzbekistan
and other countries. The University of Westminster provides
support for the development of staff, systems and the
management of the University.
Current number of students is about 3000.
Relevant information on
previous or on-going
international cooperation
More information you can find on our web-site:
WIUT has been participated in many different International
Programs including TEMPUS and Erasmus+ grants::
Independent Learning practice
in HE in Uzbekistan
Developing Alliance Between
Universities and Business in
Uzbekistan II
Erasmus CENTAURI project for
PERSEUS - Plan to Establish
Research Science Enterprise
Oriented Universities
for the benefit of society
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Contacts of responsible
person: name, title (Mr, Mrs,
Dr, Prof), position,
telephone, e-mails
Type of the project:
Joint Project (JP) or
Structural Measure (SM)
Area of project: category A
B , C or D
category A Curriculum
Development project:
Subject area/academic
discipline if applicable
Relevance to national or
regional priorities
Brief need analysis
Objectives and activities
At the moment WIUT has two on-going programs:
Avicenna Virtual Campus II (UNESCO) 2015-29018
Erasmus+ CASTLE - Implementing a Central Asian Centre for
Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship 2015-2018
Dr. Victoria Levinskaya,
Head of Learning Resources,
+99894 6426284
Project description
Incorporation of Blended Learning into Higher Education Social
Sciences Curriculum in Uzbekistan (BLISSCU)
Category B - Improving quality of education and teaching
Relevant to National and Regional Priorities assigned for Category
Support to:
 Learning and teaching tools, methodologies and
pedagogical approaches including learning outcomes and
ICT-based practices (inter alia, flexible learning paths,
blended courses, virtual and real mobility, practical
placements etc.)
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a
student learns at least in part through delivery of content via
digital and online media with certain degree of student control
over pace and place.
Modern market conditions require that managers and executives
possess advanced capabilities in corporate leadership, policy,
planning, marketing, strategic thinking, and sustainability. In its
turn, these requirements call for enhancement of teaching
methodology in higher education establishments and
incorporation of new innovative approaches into existing
curricula. Combining traditional way of teaching adopted in Uzbek
universities with the advanced level learning offered in the EU
program can significantly enhance learners’ potential, develop
career opportunities, and build networks of valuable contacts
within Academic as well as professional communities.
The main aim of proposed project is to incorporate elements of
blended learning into existing Social Sciences curriculum in order
to improve quality of education in Uzbekistan and students’
performance in such areas as Business, Economics, Finance,
Management, Marketing, Commercial Law and others. In order to
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achieve this goal Project Implementation Unit is planning to
organize following activities:
1. Baseline analysis of blended learning in Uzbekistan;
2. Learning the European experience in developing BLfriendly curriculum and incorporating BL into the existing
3. Implementing the EU experience in developing and
delivering innovative courses using BL approach;
4. Development of learning materials with elements of
blended learning;
5. Training of trainers (teachers, tutors, librarians, IT
specialists) to better understand and apply blended leaning
6. To provide the Ministry of Higher Education of Uzbekistan
with recommendations regarding incorporation of blended
learning methodology into existing curriculum of courses
such as Business, Economics, Finance, Management,
Marketing, Commercial Law, etc.
7. Develop online platform for support of blended learning
curriculum at HE institutions
Proposed methodology if
Expected results
Target groups and
stakerholders (enterprises,
student organisations, for
SM – Ministry of Higher and
Secondary Specialised
Education of Uzbekistan)
If possible information about
other HEIs in Uzbekistan to
be involved in project
Independent learning, distance learning, blended learning,
student-oriented teaching and learning approach, synoptic
 Developing recommendations to the Ministry of Higher
and Secondary Specialized Education regarding
incorporation of Blended-learning approach into Uzbek
Higher Education system;
 Changing existing curriculum in partner universities in
order to make it blended-learning oriented;
 Developing online platform for support of blended learning
curriculum at HE institutions
 Piloting of developed during the project implementation
blended-learning courses in partner universities.
Higher Education establishments in Uzbekistan
The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education
Faculty Development courses, under the Ministry of Higher and
Secondary Specialized Education
Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology (NIET)
Overall 152 professors-teachers are conducting teaching
activities, of which 6 are doctor of sciences and professors, 69 are
candidates of sciences and docents, 77 and senior teachers and
assistants, and at the moment, scientific potential of the institute
comprises 49 percent.
In international arena NETI is pursuing mutual cooperations
with several outstanding universities such as University of Pisa in
Italy, University of Groningen in Netherlands, Joongbu University
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in South Korea, and Akola University in India.