CPRO online Forum
Center for Policy Research and Outreach (CPRO) at Westminster International University in Tashkent hosted a webinar on Thursday, May 28. The webinar, dedicated to the latest researches on the economic issues, was attended by 110 people. Presentations with interactive discussion, were given by CPRO Senior Fellows from Italy, Ethiopia, and Uzbekistan. Each shared initial research findings and recommendations for policy and practice.
Rauf Salahojaev shared his research findings on Science and human capital as drivers of innovative economic growth of Uzbekistan and highlighted the importance of monetary and non-monetary motives for the younger population to engage in research and science.
Etenesh Asfaw presented two key messages in her research on Policy issues in Uzbekistan's Agriculture: Inclusiveness: agri-food value-chains to address rural youth unemployment and slow down rural out-migration.
Fabrizio Vielmini discussed Post-COVID-19 tourism recovery in Uzbekistan: leveraging cultural and internal resources. Mr Vielmini analyzed the impact that the crisis is having on tourism and initial reorientation of tourism to the internal market.
The webinar shared learning and strengthened cooperation among researchers and their institutions. CPRO is one of the newest think tanks in the country and we were honoured to bring together such a group. More research webinars are planned for the future. Stay tuned!
In our informal “Blue Room” we held informal weekly Research Training Sessions throughout the 2018 – 19 school year. Faculty members, students, and research assistants took part in 25 two-hour workshops where they first gained knowledge then practiced some of the key tasks of research. The training sessions started with the philosophy of research then went through, design, posing questions, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, and finally drawing conclusions and publishing their results
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Summer School
Together IFPRI and WIUT organize the Regional Training Course on Applied Econometric Analysis for economists and researchers (35 or younger). The aim is to strengthen the capacity of young economists in Central Asia for quantitative research, economic policy analysis, and, econometric analysis of economic and social policy issues. UNESCO The UNESCO—MOST School program “Supporting young water researchers . . .” invited us to conduct interactive workshops on academic writing for research (publishing research in international journals) at the Tashkent Institute for Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization. This was a strong step forward for many faculty who had yet to publish in international journals. Dr. Pete Malvicini, our CPRO Director, led this effort.
The UNESCO—MOST MOST School program “Supporting young water researchers . . .” invited us to conduct interactive workshops on academic writing for research (publishing research in international journals) at the Tashkent Institute for Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization. This was a strong step forward for many faculty who had yet to publish in international journals. Dr. Pete Malvicini, our CPRO Director, led this effort.
Conferences & Events International
• Internationalization and Innovation in Higher Education
• Pilot Agribusiness and Horticulture Training for Women of the Ferghana Valley
• International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Language Education (ICALLE 2019)
Research Assistantship Program
In response Uzbekistan’s economic and social reforms, WIUT hosted various high-level speakers from international organizations during the 2018—19 academic year. Among them were Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia; Albert Jaeger, International Monetary Fund Mission; Wencai Zhang, Vice President of the Asian Development Bank; Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Research Policy Institute; Vladimir Norov, Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization; Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator for Uzbekistan and others.
Research Seminars are a place where faculty, research assistants, and students share completed research and work in progress. They receive valuable comments to help strengthen their research by preparing them for conference presentations and publication. On occasion, visiting researchers from outside the university share their work. Participants learn much from understanding how research questions are developed, a study is designed, and what the processes of collecting, analyzing, and presenting findings and conclusions look like in practice.