Nakamura: “Japan considers Uzbekistan as the most reliable and long-term partner in Central Asia”
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov met with a delegation from Japan led by Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki Nakamura, in the Government of Uzbekistan.
The meeting participants discussed the preliminary results of the work of the III Conference of Rectors of Universities of Uzbekistan and Japan, which began its work on 8 July in the city of Tashkent.
During the meeting, the Japanese side was provided with capacious information about the reforms in our country in the social sphere (education, sports, science and culture), in particular, it was told about the implementation of the “5 initiatives of the President”.
Also during the negotiations, the guests’ attention was drawn to the existing potential for development and further promotion of bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and Japan. It was especially noted that the upcoming official visit at the highest level to Japan in 2019 will be a qualitatively new stage in the development of the Uzbek-Japanese relations.
Nakamura, in turn, proposed to consider the possibility of organizing the “Days of Uzbekistan’s Culture in Japan” in 2022, coinciding with the anniversary date - the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Uzbekistan.
Mr. Nakamura noted that Japan considers Uzbekistan as the most reliable and long-term partner in Central Asia, therefore his country’s government intends to continue to invest in Uzbekistan, including in the country’s higher education system. Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Center for International Cooperation (JCIC), the Japanese side will allocate funds to re-equip research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, including Institute of Geophysics.
The Uzbek side noted that in recent years, Uzbek-Japanese relations in the field of education have been developing intensively. More than 300 citizens of Uzbekistan were trained in the magistracy of Japanese universities and returned to their homeland with master’s degrees.
It was emphasized that at the meeting on 24 May with heads of higher educational and research institutions, academics, scientists and young researchers, the Head of State identified the tasks to improve the position of the national science system in international rankings. The words of our President that “The main goal of this work is to develop human capital in our country” is the leitmotif of the reforms carried out in the social sphere of the republic.
Following the meeting, the following prospects for cooperation were identified:
further development of educational and cultural-humanitarian ties, including increasing the volume of academic exchange, cooperation in the field of research programs, the systematic organization of days of culture, art and cinema;
assistance of the Japanese side in introducing innovations into the educational process through the Uzbek-Japanese Youth Innovation Center at TSTU;
assistance of the Japanese side in re-equipment of laboratories of research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan
On 8-9 July 2019, the Tashkent State University of Economics hosted the III Conference of Rectors of Universities of Uzbekistan and Japan.
The conference was attended by a delegation of rectors and representatives from 20 universities in Japan consisting of 50 people headed by the Deputy Minister of Education, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki Nakamura.
The Uzbek side was attended by the Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Inomjon Majidov, as well as the rectors of 37 higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan.
The main objectives of the conference were: further expansion of academic and scientific cooperation, student exchange, advanced training of the faculty of universities of both countries, as well as increased cooperation with leading centers, technology parks and universities of Japan for joint scientific and applied research.