Consul General of the Republic of Uzbekistan Visits HSE-St Petersburg
On March 18, 2022, a delegation from the Consul General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in St Petersburg paid a visit to HSE-St Petersburg to meet the campus team, talk with Uzbek students, and discuss possible forms and areas of cooperation with universities in Uzbekistan.
The visiting delegation was headed by Alisher Mamajonovich Babaev, Consul General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in St Petersburg, Ravshan Karimdzhanovich Bakhriddinov, Third Secretary of the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in St Petersburg, Azizbek Mukhitdinovich Sidikov, Assistant to the Representative of Uzbekistan Airways JSC in St Petersburg, and Sarvar Mamajonov, Youth Coordinator of the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in St Petersburg.
The meeting took place in the historical heart of the city at the university's St Petersburg campus on the Griboedova Embankment.
In her opening speech, HSE-St Petersburg Director Anna Tyshetskaya greeted the honoured guests, spoke about the university’s current development strategy, and shared future plans.
At the beginning of the meeting, Irina Shchemeleva, Deputy Director of HSE-St Petersburg, gave a quick tour of the campus. Following the tour, Professor Shchemeleva gave a presentation on the campus, paying special attention to possible ways of applying for state-funded places (government scholarships of the Russian Federation) and places with partial scholarships for undergraduate and graduate educational programmes at HSE-St Petersburg.
Possible options for enrolling in educational programmes include the International Youth Olympiad and the Vysshaya Proba Olympiad, among others. Prof. Shchemeleva highlighted that the campus expects to increase its student recruitment prospects for both bachelor's and master's educational programmes. Both parties discussed possible ways of increasing Uzbek students’ awareness of various opportunities for joining HSE-St Petersburg.
Maria Kiseleva, Head of the International Office at HSE-St. Petersburg, noted that the campus is keen to further develop academic study cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia. In particular, she expressed significant interest in developing exchange opportunities between the HSE-St Petersburg programme in Asian Studies and Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies.
Campus representatives proposed a visit by an expanded HSE-St Petersburg delegation to Uzbekistan in order to visit local universities and discuss the possibilities of academic cooperation. The Russian side also confirmed its readiness to receive delegations from Uzbek universities that wish to launch cooperation with HSE-St Petersburg.
In turn, the Consul General thanked the university administration for its assistance in organising the meeting and its collaboration in the field of education. The honoured guests thanked the campus representatives for the warm welcome, noted the desire among Uzbek students to pursue higher education at HSE-St Petersburg, and confirmed that the Consulate is ready for further dialogue and assistance.
It was also noted that the atmosphere at the campus is student friendly and creative, which makes it a pleasant place to study. The campus representatives highlighted that the university applies a student-centred approach to learning and treats each student as an individual—qualities that set the university apart from others. They also highlighted that the core values of the campus are built around such concepts as openness and accessibility, genuine mutual interest in achieving development goals, and honesty and academic freedom.
The HSE-St Petersburg representatives also announced their readiness to provide facilities to host partner events with the Consulate General of Uzbekistan. In addition to the main campus sites, the Kochubey Centre—a former mansion in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) that belongs to one of the buildings of the campus—was proposed as a site for holding partner meetings.
During his meeting with Uzbek students, the Consul General spoke about the key areas of work of the Consulate and the Youth Union of Uzbekistan, stressing that the Consulate’s doors are always open to Uzbek students. The Consul General expressed his readiness to help Uzbek students implement projects within the framework of the Youth Entrepreneurship Support Fund of Uzbekistan and find further employment through the Personnel Reserve programme.
Both the Consulate General and the Youth Union are here for Uzbek students—our doors are always open. We encourage Uzbek students to come to us with any questions and feel at home here.
Azizbek Mukhitdinovich Sidikov, Assistant to the Representative of Uzbekistan Airways JSC in St Petersburg, spoke about the loyalty programmes offered by the airline. He also invited all Uzbek students to the cultural events held by the consulate, which are aimed at helping young people maintain ties with their home country.
At the end of the meeting, the Consul General exchanged gifts with the HSE-St Petersburg representatives. The campus was given a book called 'Victory Park: The Philosophy of Courage and Perseverance', which details the history, content and significance of the Victory Park Memorial Complex created on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
If you want to apply to HSE-St Petersburg but do not find your country in the list of possible destinations on the Study Abroad section of our website, do not forget that you can apply as a free-mover.
Киселева Мария Алексеевна