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Award-Winning Teachers From Uzbekistan Visit University

Released: 03.02.16

The very best English teachers in Uzbekistan joined the University of St Mark & St John’s international department recently after 41 of them achieved a national prize. 

The award winning teachers, whose country is investing an amazing 40% of its gross national product on education, won the chance to stay on campus at The University of St Mark & St John and take part in a two week bespoke programme designed to improve standards of English language teaching across Uzbekistan.

Winning participants had to complete a three stage application and just 41 of the country’s 30,000 English teachers were successful in winning the annual prize, ‘Best English Teacher of the Year.’

Professor Brendon Noble, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and International at the University of St Mark & St John said: “As part of our international strategy, we’re delighted to support this partnership and Uzbekistan’s Government initiative for improving English. The campaign has had incredibly positive outcomes for the outstanding teachers we’ve welcomed to the University this month.”

The University of St Mark & St John won a competition to deliver the prize for the Uzbekistan campaign, coming first amongst 11 UK universities.

Professor Noble continued: “As the best University in the South West for Education and Teacher Training, we want to engage globally, and developing exciting links with a country that is so committed to the education of its people is of great value both to ourselves and to the City of Plymouth.  It is recognition of ours and our City’s place in the education landscape of the UK”. The University will be meeting with officials from the British Council of Uzbekistan and a senior representative from the Ministry of Public Education from the Republic of Uzbekistan in London later this week and in the year that marks Uzbekistan’s 25th Anniversary of Independence. 

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