When Webster University Uzbekistan holds a grand opening ceremony on November 1, it will have the largest enrollment out of any international operation in Webster’s network. With nearly 500 students enrolled, Uzbekistan has surpassed the size of Webster’s student populations in Thailand, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Austria and Ghana. Only Webster St. Louis, which includes its primary Webster Groves campus, has more students.
The grand opening will be held with a series of events on Nov. 1-2.
“Webster University has excelled for over more than a century in meeting unmet needs,” said Webster University Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “With more than 1 million young citizens of Uzbekistan reaching college-age each year, the Republic's leadership has graciously welcomed our capabilities of partnering to meet their need for high-quality education that is available to them locally, while connected with our global system of campuses. I have enjoyed meeting our students there and look forward to returning to welcome them officially to Webster Tashkent.”
Webster Uzbekistan started the 2019-2020 academic year with 470 enrolled students, the largest student population in any Webster University region outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Webster is operating programs in the cities of Tashkent and Samarkand.
Programs offered in Uzbekistan include Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Media Communications, Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and an English as a Second Language program (ESL). The classes are held in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, Tashkent State University of Economics, Uzbekistan State University of World Languages and Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.
“Webster’s presence in Uzbekistan emerged out of years of careful needs assessment, market research and unwavering commitment to provide an American-style of education in Central Asia,” said Webster University President Julian Z. Schuster. “Our programs have been purposefully introduced to build the educational capacity of the Republic of Uzbekistan and provide new and exciting educational opportunities for a new generation of students, as well as to the business and community leaders in the region.”
Currently, American universities are also introducing separate programs at the Uzbek State University of World Languages, Tashkent State Economic University, as well as the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.