Tashkent, The Gulf Observer: A momentous opening ceremony for the Central Asian University of Environment and Climate Change, also known as the Green University, unfolded on February 10 in the Tashkent region. The distinguished event witnessed the presence of key figures, including Grethel Aguilar, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Aziz Abdukhakimov, Minister of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change of the Republic of Uzbekistan, environmental ministers from Central Asian nations, representatives of international organizations, and media professionals.
Addressing the audience, Grethel Aguilar underscored the pivotal role of the Green University in addressing environmental challenges within the region. Aguilar expressed congratulations to the Uzbekistan government for launching this significant regional initiative, designed to foster environmental leadership and education. The university’s mission extends towards addressing the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution, contributing to the preservation of the region’s rich natural heritage.
Guests had the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facilities at the university, equipped with modern technologies, a comprehensive library, a gym for extracurricular activities, and various other amenities. The Green University, established in accordance with the May 31, 2023, decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, aims to efficiently manage local, regional, and global environmental challenges. Its objectives include strengthening regional cooperation in the field of ecology and environmental protection and implementing innovative ideas, practices, and technologies.
Operationalized under the “Hub and Spoke” principle, the university encourages strategic cooperation, the creation of an integrated educational system, resource optimization, student and specialist mobility, and the enhancement of local specialists’ potential through knowledge and experience exchange. Language-flexible teaching sessions, conducted in Uzbek, Russian, and English using a credit-module system, incorporate lectures, laboratory and individual classes, and practical group work that fosters critical thinking, tasks, and experiments.
At the undergraduate level, classes are conducted in English and one of the official languages of the United Nations, aligning with the state educational standards of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Green University has actively engaged professors from international universities in the UK, New Zealand, the USA, and other countries, marking a commitment to a global perspective and collaboration in addressing environmental challenges through education and research.