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    Structure of Educational System
    Pre-higher Education System
    Higher Education System
    Administrative structure of higher education
    Admissions to Higher Education and Recognition


    Types of higher education institutions:

    Universitet (University)

    Institut (Institute)


    Higher education credentials:

    Certificate of Complete Secondary Education

    Junior Specialist Diploma


    Specialist Diploma


    Kandidat nauk

    Doktor nauk


    Pre-higher education:

    Duration of compulsory education:

    Age of entry: 7

    Age of exit: 18

    Structure of school system:


    Type of school providing this education: Primary school

    Length of program in years: 4

    Age level from: 6 to: 10

    General Secondary

    Type of school providing this education: Secondary school

    Length of program in years: 5

    Age level from: 10 to: 15


    Type of school providing this education: Academic Lycée, professional college

    Length of program in years: 3

    Age level from: 15 to: 18

    Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education

    Secondary education:

    The main features of the Soviet education system have remained. After nine years of compulsory schooling, students can prepare for higher education in 10th or 11th grade or turn to vocational training. Academic lycées and professional colleges provide specialized secondary and vocational training. The academic lycée is a three-year special education institution which offers the possibility to work in these professions or to continue on to further education. The professional college is a three-year vocational education institution offering in-depth vocational education which prepares for greater specialization in a given profession. Specialized secondary education leads to the Diploma of Specialized Secondary Education.

    Higher education:

    At present, there are 16 universities and 42 research institutes. A new state university, Taškent Islamic University, has opened recently. The Ministry of Higher and Special Secondary Education is the responsible body. The system is being restructured.

    Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

    Decree: Law on Education

    Academic year:

    Classes from: Sep to: Jun

    Languages of instruction: Uzbek, Russian

    Stages of studies:

    Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

    Non-university level:

    Non-university level education is offered by national enterprise training centres and a number of business schools, as well as lycea which train for new professions (essentially in the economic and service fields).


    University level studies:

    University level first stage: Junior Specialist, Specialist Diploma of Specialist, , Bachelor's Degree:

    Junior specialists are trained in two years. The Diploma of Specialist is conferred after five years' study in a given field. A Bachelor's Degree is conferred after four years.

    University level second stage: Master's Degree, Kandidat Nauk:

    Students are conferred a Master's Degree after a further two years' study beyond the Bachelor's Degree. The Kandidat Nauk Degree is conferred after a further three years' study beyond the Diploma of Specialist and the defence of a thesis.

    University level third stage: Doktor Nauk:

    The Doktor Nauk is conferred after the Kandidat Nauk and the defence of a thesis.


    Non-traditional studies:

    Distance higher education

    Some universities offer correspondence courses.


    Administration & co-ordination:

    Responsible authorities:

    Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education

    Minister: Saidahror Guljamov

    5 Mustkillik maydoni
    700138 Taškent


    Admission to university-level studies

    Name of secondary school credential required: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education

    Entrance exams required: Competitive entrance examination

    Foreign students admission

    Admission requirements: Foreign students should hold a secondary education Certificate.

    Entry regulations: Applicants should contact the nearest embassy to obtain information on visa regulations.

    Language requirements: The languages of instruction are Uzbek and Russian. Most institutions offer Uzbek and Russian courses for foreign students.

    References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

    Title: Study Abroad 2000-2001

    Publisher: UNESCO/IBE

    Year of publication: 1999


    Main student services as national level

    Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education

    5 Mustakillik maydoni
    700138 Tashkent


    Student expenses and financial aid

    Type of financial aid available:


    Advanced/doctoral studies:

    Home: No

    Data for academic year: 1998-1999
    Source: International Association of Universities (IAU)

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