A high-ranking delegation from Uzbekistan visited NUPS on 28 February 2018. The delegation was led by Abdujabar Abduvakhitov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. They were accompanied by H.E. Péter Szántó, Ambassador of Hungary to Uzbekistan.
The delegation was welcomed at NUPS by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, Dr. habil. Györgyi Nyikos, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Dr. habil. Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education, Dr. habil. Boglárka Koller and Dr. Árpád Pohl, deans. Nyikos Györgyi presented the university and told the guests about the five unique faculties and other institutes within NUPS. She highlighted that receiving this delegation is an excellent opportunity to establish relations with Uzbekistan and Uzbek universities. Mr. Abduvakhitov, who was previously the rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Uzbekistan, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and agreed on the importance of the visit, as there are many important issued to be discussed. For example, regarding education, they would like to learn from the experience and knowledge of Hungarian higher educational institutions. It was emphasized that public sector employees need a specific kind of knowledge, and he and the Vice-Rector agreed on the importance of education of public servants on all levels. NUPS already provides different kinds of trainings for public servants, and it could be a very good example for the Uzbek side as well, the Vice-Rector said.
Mr. Abduvakhitov explained that in the first years after the Republic of Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991, they put together a plan for education based on what they needed. At the moment, they have three faculties at the Academy, and they are considering making it more focused on economy and business, since it would be good for the country. Ms. Nyikos mentioned the possibility of student and academic mobility in the framework of the Erasmus+ and Stipendium Hungaricum programme, and joint workshops between the two countries, and Mr. Abduvakhitov assured them about the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding these, while he also invited the leadership of NUPS to Uzbekistan to further strengthen the cooperation.