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Structure of Educational System
Pre-higher Education System
Higher Education System
Administrative structure of higher education  
Admissions to Higher Education and Recognition


Types of higher education institutions:

Universitet (University)

Institut (Institute)


School leaving and higher education credentials:

O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma

Diploma of Specialized Secondary Education


Specialist Diploma


Fanlari Nomzodi

Fanlari Doktori




Pre-higher education:

Duration of compulsory education:

Age of entry: 6

Age of exit: 15

Structure of school system:


Type of school providing this education: Primary school (Grades 1-4)

Length of program in years: 4

Age level from: 6 to: 10

General Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Secondary school (Grades 5-9)

Length of program in years: 5

Age level from: 10 to: 15

Technical Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Vocational/Technical School (VTE); Vocational Lyceum

Length of program in years: 2

Age level from: 17 to: 17

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma of Completed Vocational/Technical Education

Upper Secondary

Type of school providing this education: lyceum, Gymnasia

Length of program in years: 2

Age level from: 15 to: 17

Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificate of Completed Secondary Education

Specialized Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Vocational College; Academic Lyceum

Length of program in years: 3

Age level from: 17 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma of Specialized Secondary Education

School education:

General (basic) education is provided in several types of basic education schools: schools with only primary education (Grades I-IV); schools which offer partial (Grades I-IX) and complete (Grades I-XI) secondary education; adult education centres, and specialized schools and boarding schools for students with disabilities. General education is also available in new types of institutions (gymnasia and lyceums), some of them attached to higher education institutions. General basic education is followed by two or three years of upper secondary education (leading to the Certificate of Completed Secondary Education) or vocational and technical (VTE) education. This is provided at two levels: the first level offers six months to three years of basic vocational training after Grade IX; the second level generally offers at least two years of training (post-secondary) in over 300 specializations leading to the Diploma of Specialized Secondary Education. A network of specialized secondary vocational institutions was formed in 1997/98.Literacy is practically universal for both men and women (99%). However, considering that the government is implementing a long-term programme of transition from Cyrillic to Latin script, in the short-term there could be some changes in the literacy rate.

Higher education:

Higher education is provided in several universities and some 60 higher education institutes. A new state university, Taškent Islamic University, has opened recently. The Ministry of Higher and Specialized Secondary Education is the responsible body. The Centre for Accreditation and Evaluation of Educational Institutes within the State Test Centre evaluates the performance of  educational establishments, including private ones.

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Law on Education Year: 1997

Decree: Law on Education Year: 1992

Academic year:

Classes from: Sep to: Jun

Languages of instruction: Uzbek, Russian

Stages of studies:

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level:

Non-university level education is offered by national enterprise training centres and a number of business schools, as well as lycea which train for new professions (essentially in the economic and service fields).


University level studies:

University level first stage: Bachelor's Degree (Bakalavr):

The Bachelor's Degree (Bakalavr) is the first terminal degree conferred after four years of study.

University level second stage: Specialist Diploma, Master's Degree (Magistr):

The Diploma of Specialist is conferred after at least five years' study in a given field. Students can now acquire a Master's Degree (Magistr) after a further two years' study beyond the Bakalavr.

University level third stage: Doctorate:

The Kandidat Nauk Degree used to be conferred after a further three years' study beyond the Diploma of Specialist and the defence of a thesis and the Doktor Nauk was conferred after the Kandidat Nauk and the defence of a major thesis. Now, six years of study are needed after the Magistr for a full Doctor's Degree.


Teacher education:

Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers

At the basic education level, 73% of the teachers have higher education while 22% have only secondary/vocational education. The retraining of teachers is a priority need taking into account the fundamental changes in the philosophy, content and methods of education.


Non-traditional studies:

Distance higher education

Some universities offer correspondence courses.




Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education

Head: Rustam Sabirovich Qosimov, Minister

Apt 55, Bobur st.
700090 Taškent

Tel: +998(71) 152 7764







Admission to university-level studies

Name of secondary school credential required: O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma

Entrance exams required: Competitive entrance examination

Foreign students admission

Admission requirements: Foreign students should hold a secondary education Certificate.

Entry regulations: Applicants should contact the nearest embassy to obtain information on visa regulations.

Language requirements: The languages of instruction are Uzbek and Russian. Most institutions offer Uzbek and Russian courses for foreign students.

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education



Deals with credential recognition for entry to: University




Main student services at national level

Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education

5 Mustakillik maydoni
700138 Tashkent


Student expenses and financial aid

Student costs:

Home students tuition fees: Minimum: 223000 (Uzbek Som)

Maximum: 474000 (Uzbek Som)

Type of financial aid available:


Advanced/doctoral studies:

Home: No

Publications on student services and financial aid:

Title: Study Abroad 2004-2005, 32nd Edition

Author: UNESCO

Publisher: UNESCO Publishing

Year of publication: 2003



Principal national bodies responsible for dealing with international cooperation and exchanges in higher education:

General Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education

Head: Shakhrukh Ernazarov, Deputy Head

Maídan Mustkillik 3

Tel: +7(6732) 70-01-38




Main grading system used by higher education institutions

Full Description: Percentage scale: 100-86%=excellent/ 85-71%=good/ 70-56%=satisfactory

Highest on scale: 100%

Pass/fail level: 55%





Data for academic year: 2004-2005

Source: International Association of Universities (IAU), updated from IBE website, 2003, Swedish NARIC 2004 -except for governing bodies, updated 2005)

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