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Topical issues of the panel discussion "Concept of Higher Education Development 2030"

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As we have already written before, the TEAM University took part in the GEN panel discussion. The purpose of this event was to search for points of interaction between entrepreneurs and the higher education system to improve the competitiveness and adaptability of the economy through a dialogue between the heads of relevant departments, leading universities and business representatives.

The discussion was attended by Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan S. Buzrukhonov, Rector of Westminster University in Tashkent K. Karimov, Head of GEW 2019 Representative Office in our country and co-founder of HUMO Partners H. Abdurakhmonov, founder of the supermarket chain korzinka.uz Z. Hashimov, blogger, expert in the field of higher education H. Khudojberdiev and founder of Dekos and MFaktor platform H. Mamasaidov.

The speakers raised such issues as the change of curricula to improve practical training of graduates, expectations of the private sector from the results of implementation of the Concept of Higher Education Development until 2030, competition in higher education. Such target indicators of the Concept as increase in coverage of higher education from 20 to 50%, increase in the number of private universities from 5 to 35, introduction of new systems of internships and interaction with the real sector, acceleration, the concept of "University 3.0" on commercialization of research and development were discussed.

We present to your attention interesting excerpts of points of view of speakers on these questions:

"On October 8 of the current year, by the decree of the President, the Concept of Higher Education System Development 2030 was approved, where real and measurable goals were set. To date, work is already under way to achieve these goals. For example, in 2017, the admissions rate was 9.5%, and now it is almost 20%. The number of students in the country is equal to 420,000 students, and this figure is growing from year to year. At present, 115 universities operate in the country, 37 of which were opened in the last three years, and 8 of which were opened in 2019. The private sector, which is interested in establishing a private university, has only one criterion - the quality of education," Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education S. Buzrukhonov said.

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"Everything that happens in our lives somehow begins with education. As entrepreneurs, we see that this is true every day, especially when we hire new employees, or when we are already working with someone. How fruitful our cooperation will always be depends on the education we have received in due time. Ken Robinson, who is an expert on the development of creative thinking, education systems and innovation in government and public organizations, notes that the current education system of the world is mainly focused on the conveyor belt, on the production of standardized students, and that this is an area that needs radical changes. And he is right about that. Therefore, new universities, in my opinion, should solve this problem," said Khikmat Abdurakhmanov, founder of HUMO Partners.

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Blogger , an expert in the field of education Khushnudbek Khudojberdiev, also shared his opinion on this topic: "In modern society, the solution to any problem lies in the field of education. Economics, construction or even politics - the solution is always in the field of education.

The new concept of higher education development is aimed at solving problems here and now. I would also like to note that until we do not look at education as a business, we will not succeed in this. Competition will do its job. If new private universities are inferior in quality to public or other private universities, they will not be able to survive for a long time. The private sector should help the education system, because we cannot and should not expect the state to do everything itself.

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Zafar Hashimov, head of the korzinka.uz network, emphasized: "In the past, after graduating from university, people worked in the same profession for 30-40 years, almost unchanged. But this does not meet the requirements of the modern world and the market as a whole. For myself, I distinguish three skills in each employee:

- social skills, the extent to which an employee can work in a team;
- thinking skills, which include critical analysis of information, creative skills;
- and transfer. It is very important for an employee to be able to apply certain skills that he or she possesses in one industry and to be able to redirect to another without losing the quality of work.

I'm afraid that the information technology we use so often to help us acquire certain skills may be harmful, as we are used to trust the first three links in the search box when answering any question. That's why the quality of education in universities should be higher than that, the truth of the last resort should remain the knowledge gained in the university, not the Internet".

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Komiljon Karimov, rector of the University of Westminster, notes "The philosophy of education is the most rarely changing field. Even 1,000 years ago, universities had classrooms, lecturers and students. Yes, education technologies are changing, but philosophy is not. Some believe that the development of information technology and online education can affect the number of universities, but this is not the case. All statistics show that the development of this industry, on the contrary, even indirectly helps universities, and their number is steadily growing".

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"Higher education and entrepreneurship must go hand in hand, be "watertight". Just as a customer gives a technical task to an executor, entrepreneurs should make a request on competences of future specialists, who study in universities. These two areas should be synchronized," added Hasan Mamasaidov.

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