Karelia UAS launches educational cooperation with the new Nordic International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Three international degree programmes of Karelia UAS will be launched at the university so that the teachers are local, but the contents of the education are from Karelia UAS. The cooperation agreement also includes other measures for developing the Nordic International University according to educational models applied at Finnish universities of applied sciences.
The official agreement on educational cooperation was signed between Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Nordic International University on 21th February, during the celebration of Finnish education. The event was also part of the Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland Ville Skinnar’s visit to Uzbekistan.
Karelia UAS is the first Finnish higher education institution to have such comprehensive, high-level cooperation with the educational sector in Uzbekistan.
– This cooperation has been prepared for over two years. With this agreement, we will educate Uzbek teachers and the university management according to Finnish standards. The university will use our contents of education, our methods, as well as our management and quality systems, states President Petri Raivo.
– The English-mediated degrees are the same as we have on our Joensuu campus, i.e. International Business, Industrial Management, and Information and Communication Technology, lists President Raivo.
Uzbekistan is currently implementing major educational reforms, and the Nordic International University founded last autumn is an essential part of this reform. The Nordic International University will be a new, innovative and comprehensive educational cluster based on modern higher education competence from Finland and other Nordic countries. Uzbekistan aims to create a modern educational cluster in Tashkent.
– This cooperation is a significant strategic partnership that supports Uzbekistan’s higher education reform. Thanks to Karelia’s partnership, Nordic International University will become a model university whose university of applied sciences features can be learned from by others, emphasizes Nordic International University’s board chairman, Finland’s honorary consul in Uzbekistan, Alisher Juraev.
The Nordic International University already has a number of Finnish business and education partners. Karelia UAS is the only Finnish university partner so far.