Modernizing Higher Education Project

Project Overview

Project Title Modernizing Higher Education Project
Project Number P128516
Country Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(USD) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End April 27, 2016–February 28, 2023
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding World Bank
Project Budget(USD) 50.000.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

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Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Cyril Muller (Regional Vice President),
  • Mariam J. Sherman (Acting Country Director),
  • Claudia Maria Costin (Senior Global Practice Director),
  • Mario Cristian Aedo Inostroza (Practice Manager),
  • Naveed Hassan Naqvi (Task Team Leader).
Beneficiary Ministry of Finance on behalf of Ministry of Higher and Specialised Secondary Education

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In order to achieve its growth ambitions in a sustainable manner, Uzbekistan needs to transform its current commodity-dependent economy into a competitive industrialized one. This transformation can be achieved by seeking comparative advantage in high value-added activities and industries. It will require the development of a highly skilled workforce that can use its entrepreneurial talent to improve the competitiveness of the economy and catalyze its modernization.

The objectives of the Modernizing Higher Education Project for Uzbekistan are to strengthen the Recipient’s higher education system managerial capacity, and to improve both the labor market relevance and the learning environment of selected higher education institutions.

Project Objectives
  • To put Uzbekistan on a path to sustainable economic transition by strengthening HEIs in their ability to produce skilled graduates, generate ideas, and form partnerships with domestic and foreign partners.
  • To strengthen the foundations of private-sector-led diversification by responding to employers’ needs for adequately trained workers and an improved innovation ecosystem by financing investments aimed at modernizing higher education system.
  • To develop a holistic approach to improving the quality of education in Uzbekistan.
  • To allow the Government of Uzbekistan to put in place the enabling framework of quality assurance mechanisms necessary to guarantee that a future system expansion will provide graduates with the adequate skills that are demanded by employers.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

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Component 1: Strengthening Higher Education Management

The project will support enhancement of the managerial capacity of the higher education system in Uzbekistan by (a) strengthening the capacity of the MHSSE to manage the sector, (b) supporting the STC to develop and implement the system of external quality assurance, and (c) supporting the HEIs to strengthen their systems of internal quality assurance.


Component 2: Improving the Learning Environment in HEIs

The project will support the government in improving laboratories and research systems, to help better prepare higher education graduates to contribute to scientific progress in an effort to increase economic growth and the establishment of a national e-library (electronic library) in Uzbekistan to improve the learning and research environment at Uzbekistan’s HEIs.


Component 3: Improving the Relevance of Higher Education

The project will support the establishment of a competitive Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) in the MHSSE. The AIF will aim to improve the relevance of higher education to the labor market by selecting and financing the innovative projects to strengthen the institutional and material basis for improving university-industry links, teaching and learning practices and environment within HEIs, including through the purchase of necessary teaching, learning and research material.


Component 4: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation

The component will support incremental operating costs for the project, including a core team of consultants to coordinate the project, ensure fiduciary compliance, and monitor it. The project would also finance technical experts to support implementation, as needed, and studies and evaluations.

Project Results
  • Institutional self-assessment through Quality Enhancement Cells of universities established.
  • The index of labor market relevance of higher education perceived by students, civil society and firms is increased.
  • Modernized learning and research laboratories established and incorporated in revised academic programs.
  • Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) developed.
  • State Testing Center staff trained in higher education quality assurance-related topics.
  • Basic teaching laboratories established and incorporated in academic programs.
  • Advanced scientific research laboratories established and incorporated in research programs.
  • National e-library established.
  • Eligible HEIs benefitting from grants of the Competitive Academic Innovation Fund (AIF).
  • Citizen engagement is incorporated into grant proposals under AIF of project-supported HEIS.
  • Partnerships under the AIF established.
  • Assessment of options to increase female enrolment established.

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