Information on the activities of the Confucius Uzbek-Chinese Institute at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
The Confucius Institute under the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies (hereinafter – the Institute) was established in 2004 on the basis of the “Agreement on cooperation in the establishment of the Konfucius Institute in Tashkent” between the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Education of the PRC.
Currently, the Institute employs 26 teachers of the Chinese language, 8 of whom are volunteers from the Chinese side and 18 teachers of the faculty of Chinese Studies at Tashkent State Institute of Civil Engineering, as well as graduates of Tashkent State Institute of Civil Engineering. The total number of regular students for 2018-2019 exceeded 800 people. Since its establishment at the Institute, more than 4,000 students have been trained.
The Director of the Institute from the Uzbek side is a candidate of philological sciences, associate professor Nosirova Saodat Abdullaevna.
The director of the Confucius Institute from the Chinese side is the doctor of geological sciences, professor at Lanzhou University, Jan Taibao.
The institute is located at A.Temur St., 26 (on the third floor of the right wing of the Polytechnic College building. The building was transferred to the balance of the Tashkent State Institute of Civil Engineering in 2018).
Sphere and activities
The Institute operates in the following areas:
organization of joint methodical training seminars on teaching Chinese;
holding joint cultural events;
publication of joint new textbooks, methodological manuals on the Chinese language;
joint research in the field of Sinology, on the history of Central Asia and the Uzbek-Chinese relations, etc .;
assisting in the writing of qualification papers for undergraduate and master’s theses;
organizing and conducting joint meetings of the Founders Council, as well as providing assistance in the preparation of simultaneous interpreters.
Financing the activities of the Institute and the provision of material and technical base
The Institute’s founders are the Hanban Organization and Lanzhou University, from the Chinese side, and the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, from the Uzbek side.
Courses are organized twice a week, two hours a day. The cost of the courses is 162,000 thousand soums per month without VAT (81,000 for studying monthly, if the student makes a monthly membership fee of 81,000). Without a membership fee, the tuition fee is 202,500, excluding VAT.
The leadership of the Tashkent State University of Civil Aviation resolves issues of current management and expenditure of funds received through the provision of services for the study of Chinese by the population, students of academic lyceums and schools, as well as the organization of methodical training seminars on teaching Chinese, holding joint cultural events.
To organize the educational process, the Institute has 6 classrooms, 1 language laboratories. The library fund has 7 thousand units of fiction, educational, scientific and educational literature and audiovisual materials.
Currently, the Institute is equipped at the modern level with the necessary educational and technical equipment. Including computer classes equipped with 25 computers, 2 projectors, and all classrooms are equipped with new modern training boards and furniture.
Organization of educational activities
From the very beginning, the Institute acts as a training center specializing in the training of experts in the field of Chinese. The main students of the Chinese language courses at the Institute are students of secondary schools and academic lyceums, employees of various organizations, entrepreneurs, students and other segments of the population.
The organization of the educational process involves Chinese volunteer teachers of the Institute, who also interact with teachers of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Tashkent State Institute of Culture, participate in improving the teaching methods and speaking practice of the Chinese language.
Cultural and educational work
Along with teaching Chinese, the skills of speaking and writing, students of the Confucius Institute have the opportunity to become more closely acquainted with the traditions and customs of Chinese culture. Various groups play a big role in this: “Calligraphy”, “Chinese Cooking”, “Taiji Mastery (Chinese Gymnastics)”, “Debate Club”, “Business Chinese”, “Preparing for HSK Exams” and a number of cultural and educational events which are organized 2-3 times a month, for example: “I sing in Chinese”, “Oratory”, “Essay Competition”, “The Beauty of Chinese Prose”, “Merry Games”, etc. Interest in these types of events and circles among the audience is very high.
The annual international scientific-practical conference called “Uzbekistan-China: the development of cultural, historical, scientific and economic cooperation” serves as a kind of brand of the Confucius Institute. This conference is held with the assistance of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Since 2005, 14 Republican scientific and practical conferences have been organized, since 2017 this conference already has international status. The subject of the conference covers such areas as issues of Uzbek-Chinese cultural, scientific, educational, historical ties, the problems of translation of ancient Chinese texts, teaching methods and other issues of Sinology.
The “School of Young Sinologists” was formed in the framework of which the student scientific-practical conference is held annually. Abstracts of materials are published in a separate collection. The organizers of this conference are the faculty of “China Studies” Tashkent State Institute of Technology and Confucius Institute.
Sinologists of Uzbekistan and teachers of the Confucius Institute have published a large number of scientific articles, textbooks and textbooks, thereby making a significant contribution to the development of Sinology. Based on the needs, the faculty of the Confucius Institute published in the Uzbek language such textbooks as “Jolly Chinese”, “New Practical Chinese Course”, “Uzbek-Chinese Phrasebook”, “Geography of China”, “History of China” , “Culture of China” and many others.
At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the Confucius Institute at Tashkent State Institute of Civil Engineering was recognized as the best among 600 such institutes located in 140 countries of the world. Hanban executives noted that he meets the new criteria for a modular institute.
In December 2016, at the International Forum of Confucius Institutes, the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Ms. Liu Yandong, awarded the leadership of Tashkent State University of Economics with a medal and diploma for his contribution to the development of the Confucius Institute and Sinology in Uzbekistan. In 2016, during the international conference of Confucius Institutes in the People’s Republic of China, the Uzbek-Chinese Confucius Institute at Tashkent State Institute of Civil Engineering was again nominated as “The very first Confucius Institute in the world”, “Model Confucius Institute”.