Sanoat Energetika Guruhi LLC and Colorado School of Mines have signed a deal to establish a worldwide, English-speaking, American-model university in the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Samarkand area.
As part of a national program to strengthen the Uzbek education system, SEG and Mines, one of the world’s best engineering universities, will develop the private university.
The goal of Samarkand International Technical University is to educate students to the highest international standards and train personnel in fields like mining, metallurgy, gas chemistry, petrochemicals, mechanical engineering, and entrepreneurship and leadership.
The mining and energy industries account for a large portion of Uzbekistan’s GDP. As the country’s mining and energy ambitions expand, there is an urgent need to develop an indigenous skillset and expertise to meet the demands of the emerging economy.
SITU is expected to teach specialists for oil and gas facilities in Uzbekistan, including energy projects in the Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya areas, the Gas Chemical Complex MTO in Bukhara, Fergana Oil Refinery, and metallurgical projects in Tebinbulak and Temirkan, among others.
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“It is critical for the new Uzbekistan, which is on the path to political and economic modernization and is successfully implementing deep socio-political and socio-economic reforms, to raise the scientific and academic collaboration and align as per the educational mechanism on an international level,” Bakhtiyor Fazilov, SEG’s majority shareholder, said.
“Human capital is the compelling force at the back of every positive change, and it is through the implementation of such projects that we will supply scientific talent and highly skilled individuals to local enterprises and the state to help them achieve their objectives.” “We are thrilled to contribute our nearly 150 years of knowledge in the earth, energy, and the environment to the construction of Samarkand International Technical University,” said John Bradford, vice president of global projects at Colorado School of Mines.
“A greater number of scientists and engineers are required who understand the technical, social, policy, and environmental issues of resource extraction, not only in the United States but around the world, to fulfill the needs of the global energy transition. Mines is one of the world’s foremost authority on responsible stewardship of the Earth’s resources, and rethinking engineering education for the twenty-first century, as we are with SITU, is an exciting opportunity.” SITU will provide a wide range of STEM-related undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.
The institution will run several professional development institutes, including one dedicated to Uzbekistan’s culture and history. Mines’ programs and curricula will be used to give education.
Mines will initially aid in developing the university’s Academic Master Plan and curriculum, give on-campus advice infrastructure, and assist in the appointment of SITU’s administrative leadership and professors, according to the deal, which was inked last week in New York.
Mines will also contribute to establishing an innovation center and laboratory fashioned after its McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Fazilov proposed the idea of establishing an English-language educational center in Uzbekistan with international format and standards in the fields of mining, metallurgy, and oil and gas to contribute to the government’s program of improving the country’s education system and ensuring a sufficient supply of world-class engineering personnel.
SITU has already gained backing from Uzbekistan’s government and the Samarkand region’s Mayor’s Office, which has allocated land for the university’s campus in the city’s outskirts.