PROJECT TITLE:Technical assistance for the MHSSE and HEIs with (a) promotion of higher education in technical specializations; (b) establishment of partnerships with the industry and HEIs and (c) identification of best options for increasing access to higher education, particularly for females
CLIENT: The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan / World Bank
PERIOD: September 2019 - december 2021
a) Analytical support in the promotion of higher education in technical specializations in Uzbekistan
b) Support in establishment of partnerships with the industry and HEIs
c) Identification of best options for increasing access to higher education, particularly for females
DESCRIPTION OF ACTUAL SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT:
Implement mixed-method research that includes both quantitative and qualitative components. Assess the general situation regarding access to STEM specialties and identify the main factors affecting students' expectations and their decision to enter (or not enter) relevant disciplines. Analysis of secondary data on the level of involvement of students in different STEM specialties. Design a map of existing career opportunities in the field of STEM and develop recommendations and promotional materials based on the results of the research. Representative survey of families in Uzbekistan (5000 respondents). Design a sample and protocol for content analysis. Train the data collection team. Collect the data. Clean and prepare the data. Code the data for qualitative research in Nvivo/Dedoose. Analyze the content of the data in STATA or R. Analyze the survey data in STATA or R. Analyze the qualitative data in Nvivo/Dedoose. Develop recommendations to promote better understanding and interaction between the HEIs and employers and increase the interest and involvement of women in Uzbekistan in STEM. Prepare the analytical report. Prepare a visual presentation of research results using multimedia tools. Prepare a scientific/analytical article for the promotion and popularization of research results. Prepare visual materials: billboards, booklets (in both Russian and Uzbek languages) promoting STEM education. Prepare promotional video clips (in both Russian and Uzbek languages) promoting STEM education. Organize a conference for local experts and national stakeholders in the field of STEM education and spread awareness of educational and career opportunities in the field.
Development and strengthening the system promoting better understanding and interaction between higher educational institutions (HEI) and employers; Raise the interest and participation of women in STEM for each of 91 HEIs separately.
Development and strengthening of interaction mechanisms with citizens/stakeholders and beneficiaries in the system of higher education for each of 91 HEIs separately. Develop grievance redress mechanism and mechanism for interaction feedback with citizens/stakeholders and beneficiaries in the system of higher education for each of 91 HEIs separately.