The system of doctoral education in Uzbekistan is in the intermediate stage of transition from the old to the new system. As of 1 January 2013, the previous two-tier system of doctoral education in Uzbekistan has been replaced by the single-stage system of defending the doctoral thesis and being granted the doctor of science degree.
Although significant steps have been made toward the modernization and alignment with the European system, there are still many challenges to be tackled. Furthering the quality of doctoral education at partner HE Institutions in Uzbekistan being the main goal of UZDOC 2.0., the project will strive to address the present challenges by building on the positive results and already achieved goals of the former UZDOC project.
To achieve the overall objective of UZDOC 2.0., four specific project objectives have been set:
- To improve the capacity of Uzbekistan HEIs for supporting doctoral education, in line with the state-of-the-art EHEA developments in the area of doctoral education
- To raise the capacity of Uzbekistan HEIs in implementing national standards for quality assurance in doctoral education
- To increase the capacity of academic and non-academic human resources in Uzbekistan HEIs to contribute toward the implementation of the reforms of doctoral education
- To improve the collaboration between the academic and business sector and industry in Uzbekistan, reducing the skills gap between doctorate holders and the business sector.
The innovative character of the UZDOC 2.0. project lies in the introduction and implementation of those elements in doctoral education which have so far not been the focus and priority of the Uzbek system of doctoral education.