At a meeting at the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) head office in Madrid on 16-20 October, an agreement was signed between the Government of Uzbekistan and the organisation to hold the anniversary session of the organisation’s General Assembly in Samarkand, as well as discussions on the organisation of the high-level event.
At the meeting, UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, First Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ulugbek Ashamov and Rector of the Silk Road International Tourism University Aziz Abdukhakimov signed a memorandum on the establishment of the UNWTO International Tourism Academy in Samarkand.
It should be said that for the first time in the history of our country, an international organization, a member of the UN family, is taking another important step to the adoption of the General Assembly. The General Assembly is not only a broad demonstration of Uzbekistan's rich culture, tourism potential and investment appeal to the international community, but also an event that ushers in a new era for the international tourism industry.
In fact, this initiative was put forward at a meeting between the head of state and the organisation’s secretary-general, and was supported by the country's leader.
In turn, the establishment of the International Academy of Tourism in Samarkand will further strengthen the 30-year collaboration between UNWTO and Uzbekistan by making it possible to train international tourism professionals.
Above all, an international space will be created for in-depth study, enrichment and practical application of foreign experience.
On May 31, 2023, it is planned to hold a republican scientific-practical conference on the topic of "Prospects of reforming and sustainable development of the national economy" at the scientific research center "Scientific foundations and problems of the development of the economy of Uzbekistan" under TSUE.
According to the given instructions about installing solar panels to social sphere buildings by our President at the video meeting organised on 22 May, “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage has been taking some actions for implementing and installing alternative energy sources to the building of the university.
Nowadays university has a solar energy station with a total generating power of 70kW/h. By the end of the 3rd quarter, another station is planned to be built with a total capacity of 234 kW/h.
Furthermore, specialists from Tashkent State Technical University have visited our university to inspect the actions that have been operated for implementing green energy sources at the university.
On May 28, Ms. Zang Hongyan, Chairman of Silk Road Publishing (Uzbekistan), Co-founder of Beijing Silk Road Culture Development Co. Ltd (China) visited “Silk Road” University. Chairman Zang donated a batch of books on Silk Road culture published by Silk Road Publishing to Silk Road University. Vice Rector Tony Zou received the delegation, and discussed with the guests about the further cooperation between the university and the publishing house, which includes joint publishing books related silk road tourism and cultural heritage, sponsoring works on Chinese and Uzbek culture in multiple languages, continual donating new books to the “Chinese Corner” of Silk Road University.
Minyoun Hotel CEO Yang Funing, “Silk Road” Publishing General Manager Otebek Tulyaganov accompanied the visit.
On the morning of May 17, 2023, during the China - Central Asia Summit, the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Commerce of China jointly held the “Uzbekistan - China Business Forum” in Xi’an. More than 500 representatives from Uzbekistan and China attended the forum. All the ministers from Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Digital Technology, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of Uzbekistan attended the forum and delivered keynote speeches on business cooperation between Uzbekistan and China. Professor Tony Zou, Vice-Rector of “Silk Road” University, attended the forum at the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in China. Many general managers from famous companies including Tianjin Kaiteng Investment Group, Shanghai International Construction Group and Huawei, and more than 20 Chinese university presidents, such as Lanzhou University, Northwest University, and Shaanxi Normal University, etc. were also invited to attend this forum.
All the ministers had introduced the recent development of agriculture, manufacturing, education, energy, digital technology in Uzbekistan, and expressed the sincere wishes to cooperate with China. More than 20 cooperation projects had exchanged cooperation documents.
Vice-Rector Tony Zou attended the meeting as university representatives from both China and Uzbekistan, and he had reported to Uzbekistan’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, I.Abdurakhmonov, a report on the science and innovation of “Silk Road” University. He also discussed with several universities and companies to establish the cooperation with “Silk Road” University.
“True West”, a play in the direction of Postmodern American Drama, was presented in English by members of the “Student Drama Club” organised at “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage. This show was funded by a grant of the US Embassy Alumni Outreach Grants Program. This grant was won in 2022 based on a project written by university professor Kamol Mustaev and the “Student Drama Club” was founded.
In the process of staging the play, students were able to learn American (theatre) art, acting, communication, public speaking, gain speaking skills, learn and develop English to perfection. It also served to harmonise inter-ethnic relations among young people, to strengthen the culture of friendship, mutual solidarity, humanism and tolerance in society.
Thanks to this grant, higher goals have been achieved, such as strengthening the sense of a multinational big family in society, further strengthening friendship and harmony between representatives of different nationalities and ethnicities living in our republic, educating the younger generation in the spirit of love and loyalty to the Motherland.
Motivational trainings “Business Marathon” are organized with the participation of successful entrepreneurs in order to attract young people to entrepreneurship in Samarkand. Students of “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage also took part in these trainings. During the training sessions, entrepreneurs spoke about their experiences, rules of doing business and secrets of success, and hard work that they have experienced along the way. The experts also gave advice on how to start a business, the role of mentoring and apprenticeship in business, priority areas in attracting investment as well as effective marketing. At the end of the training, the students also received useful and important answers from the entrepreneurs, asking questions on how to find solutions to the problems they encountered during their involvement in the field.
Within the course entitled “Museum and Education”, Master students of Museum studies group visited Afrasiab museum and Koni Ghil Meros. These places have been chosen because they are very different in terms of communication and education projects. During the visits, students analysed the current situation of these museums, the target audience, the education program currently ongoing, as well as potentialities and limits of their spaces and their exhibitions. According to what they learned both during theoretical and practical lessons, they will propose education projects for the Afrasiab museum to make it more attractive, more interesting and instructive for different audiences.