Westminster International University in Tashkent
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WIUT main building in 2015
Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) is Uzbekistan's first international university. The university is the first in Central Asia to offer a Western education, with UK qualifications. WIUT was established in 2002 in conjunction with the "UMID" Presidential Foundation, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education and the University of Westminster in London.
The objective of establishing WIUT was to provide an international standard of Higher Education in Uzbekistan to enable citizens of Uzbekistan and other countries to obtain an internationally recognised Bachelor education in Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Economics and Commercial Law, all validated by the University of Westminster. From 2005, WIUT has offered the first Internationally accredited Masters of Arts in International Business and Management as well as a professional qualification for teachers, the Post Graduate Certificate in Special Studies – Teaching and Learning. (Adopted from WIUT official site)
All teaching and assessment takes place in English. The first intake of students began their studies in October 2002 and the new university premises were inaugurated in spring 2003. WIUT has now an alumni 400 graduates. The university has been developed and is managed on UK/International principles and practices.
Current courses taught
The university offers the following programmes:
- LLM in International Commercial Law
LLM in International Commercial Law is an internationally recognized master's degree awarded by the University of Westminster (London). It is targeted at working professionals who wish to blend learning and working. It covers those aspects of law that commercial law practitioners could expect to encounter on a regular basis. This course is unique in Uzbekistan and Central Asia in terms of providing opportunity to study commercial law in accordance with international standards.
Entry Requirements: Students are required, other than in exceptional circumstances, to have a higher education qualification which must be equivalent to a lower second class honours degree (Equivalent to UK degree at 55%.) All applicants must have at least one year of full-time equivalent work experience.
There is an English language requirement for students whose first degree was not taught and assessed in English. Such students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.
Within this framework, consideration is also given to applications for Accredited Prior Learning (APCL) or experiential learning (APEL). Every applicant will be formally interviewed with respect to the above minimum entry requirements and also to determine the suitability of the candidate to undertake the course and its requirements
The Interview Panel will consist of the LLM Course Leader and a member of the Course Team. A standard process will be followed and the notes will be kept as evidence of the interview. The Interview Panel will then decide whether to make a candidate an offer (conditional or unconditional), or to reject the application. All applicants will provided oral feedback on request.
- Masters of Arts in International Business and Management – full-time and part-time
It is delivered in English and if one is not a native English speaker or have an international bachelor's degree, taught and assessed in English then you have to demonstrate a high-level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 100 (IBT) or TOEFL 250 (CBT) at least).
- Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Teaching and Learning
Introduction to the course
This course, the Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Teaching and Learning, is intended for practising teachers who want to improve their professional skills. It is made up of a single level 7, 20 credit core module: ‘Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning’. The certificate is a University of Westminster (UPgCert.jpgK) award which has been validated for delivery in Westminster International University in Tashkent.
Participants will be staff of WIUT, or those from partner institutions engaged in higher, further or secondary education. WIUT staff members and those from other Higher and Further Education institutions will normally be full- or part-time lecturers. Participants from Secondary schools will normally be teachers working with students aged 14 and above who have already received some initial or in-service teacher training
- First degree or equivalent
- Normally, a minimum of 30 hours teaching or supporting learning throughout the duration of the course
- An IELTS score of 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score (600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 Internet-based) would normally be required
- All applicants will be interviewed to determine their professional capability the extent to which they could benefit from the course
- Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)
- The Certificate in International Foundation Studies (CIFS) is a one-year course. The aim of the course is to prepare students for successful study at honours degree level. As a University of Westminster award it is recognized as an entry qualification for degree courses in many universities around the world.
- Students who successfully complete the CIFS will automatically qualify for progression onto one of Westminster International University in Tashkent degree-level programmes. They will also qualify for entry to related courses at the University of Westminster in London.
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration (BA Business Administration)
- The BA (Hons) in Business Administration is a three-year full time course. It is based upon the BA (Honours) Business course delivered in the UK by the Harrow Business School of the University of Westminster, but has been adapted to suit the local context.
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics (BSc Economics)
- The BSc (Hons) Economics is a three-year full-time course. It is based upon the BSc (Hons) Business Economics course delivered in the UK by the Westminster Business School of the University of Westminster, adapted to suit the local context. The BSc (Hons) in Economics is not intended as a purely theoretical study of economics. The underlying philosophy of the course and its presentation emphasise the application of the relevant theory underpinning the Economics and Business fields.
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Information Systems (BSc Business Information Systems)
- The BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems is a three-year full-time course. It is based upon the BSc (Hons) Business Computing course delivered in the UK jointly by the Harrow Business School and the Harrow School of Computer Science of the University of Westminster. The BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems aims to develop students with skills in the areas of systems analysis and database development as well as finance and marketing with an awareness of a wide range of managerial and organizational issues. The underlying philosophy of the course is to emphasise the close relationship between information technology and business with the application of the relevant theory underpinning IT enabled business practices.
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Commercial Law (BA Commercial Law)
- The BA (Hons)Commercial Law is a three-year full-time course. The BA Commercial Law, programme consists of subject areas found on an English law degree such as that taught at the University of Westminster in London. However, at WIUT the focus in many modules is primarily Uzbek law with some English (or other legal jurisdiction) content to enable a comparison between two different legal systems. The course balances the need to provide a basic understanding of Uzbek law, with a commercial and international focus, within a broadly liberal legal curriculum. The course has been designed by the Law School of the University of Westminster; it is currently[when?] undergoing further refinements and will be focused on International and Business Law.
The courses are validated by the University of Westminster (UK), which awards the qualification. The Certificate in Foundation Studies is accepted as an entry qualification for UK degrees. Successful completion will enable the student to progress to a UK degree course. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are standard UK three-year programmes.
For entry to the CIFS a candidate must:
- Be 17 years old during the academic year of enrollment (the academic year runs from 1 October to 30 September)
- Be competent in English – a score of 5.5 in IELTS or a TOEFL score of 173 (computer based) or 500 (paper based)
- Have a school leaving certificate, normally with average mark above 70%
- Pass the WIUT entrance test in Maths or have a recognized equivalent qualification in Maths
- an equivalent entry qualification recognized by the University of Westminster, such as GCSE, International Baccalaureate
For entry to the DEGREE COURSES a candidate must:
- Be 18 years old during the academic year of enrollment (academic year runs from 1 October to 30 September)
- Be competent in English – a score of 6.0 (6.5 for Commercial Law) in IELTS or score of 213 computer based or 550 paper in TOEFL
- Successfully complete the first year of university (normally with average mark above 70 percent)
- Pass the WIUT entrance test in Maths or have a recognized equivalent qualification in Maths (78)
- an equivalent entry qualification recognized by the University of Westminster, GCSE A/S, International Baccalaureate, SATS
– For Entry master's degree Completion of undergraduate study in any discipline Work experience English – IELTS 6.5 (writing minimum 6.0) or TOEFL
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