On May 28, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev convened a meeting to discuss challenges in the development of science and higher education.
Among the topics deliberated on were the proposals and pressing issues in the sphere addressed during a meeting on May 24 with chiefs of higher educational and research institutions, academicians, scientists and young researchers at the National University of Uzbekistan.
At that event, the head of our state suggested that a national science and technology council be set up to create a special platform for discussing proposals regarding the development of science and innovations, and the initiative was supported by scientists.
During that meeting the principal objectives of that body were identified. In particular, directives voiced by the President included those on the comprehensive advancement of the scientific sphere through the formation of government programs and centralized funding, on the organization of a national system of laboratories in high-tech industries, the commercialization of scientific research, and the improvement of the position of the national science system in international rankings.
The directions of works were determined to streamline the most critical sectors for the economy and scientific solutions for social problems, as were the officials responsible for these efforts.
The President noted the necessity of creating scientific schools on the basis of the National University of Uzbekistan and Tashkent State Technical University, of forming a new generation of academics in the field of nanotechnology, materials science, semiconductor physics, biophysics and biochemistry, and biotechnology.
At that meeting with scientists, the participants agreed to establish standing commissions in four areas. To this end, during today’s meeting, the tasks of these commissions, the principles of work and the scope of responsibility of their members were determined.
The first commission is designated to deal with current analysis of research institutions and provide practical assistance in solving their problems.
The second commission is tasked with analyzing and evaluating the educational process and the quality of learning in higher educational institutions.
The third commission will look into the spiritual and enlightenment work and the implementation of the Five Initiatives in universities.
Attracting our compatriots abroad who have achieved significant success in the field of higher education and science will be covered by the fourth commission.
“The main goal of this work is to develop human capital in our country. Confining oneself to raw materials and their processing won’t do good. Moreover, innovation is needed to generate added value in production. Therefore, science will be an important direction, a fulcrum of our development,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev insisted.
The President stressed the need to strengthen the social protection of academicians, professors and teachers, to deliver modern conditions for students, seek out and train young talents – future scientists.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed to specify priority directions of development for domestic science and introduce a new system of funding scientific research.