Keynote Address at the Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of Uzbekistan's Independence | Webster University

Keynote Address at the Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of Uzbekistan's Independence




Ambassador Vakhabov, I am honored to be present with you on this occasion and thank you, on behalf of my colleagues at Webster University for the invitation to offer my remarks on this significant occasion.

Honored guests and distinguished speakers, we have gathered to commemorate the anniversary of Uzbekistan's independence and so much more.

We celebrate a long history of achievements and accomplishments—in the sciences, in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, literature, the arts and culture—a country providing centuries of enlightenment.  We are all beneficiaries of the heritage and vision of the Uzbekistan people.

We admire the bold way that Uzbekistan is continuing to build a foundation for thriving now and into the future.

We know that strong partnerships, those that create mutual benefits for the partners, propel all of us to accomplish more than each of us could individually.  On behalf of Webster University, I can only express gratitude for the invitation to offer our degree programs on site in your country, the first American university to do so.  We have been welcomed with an enthusiasm and spirit of hospitality that has touched us deeply.  I thank you, your excellency, Minister Shermatov, and my colleagues thank you.

We have begun our partnership with the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages in Tashkent, offering an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. While we initially planned for 100 students this fall, more than twice that many applications were received. We currently have enrolled 122 students and anticipate more will join us in January.

This innovative program, using our recognized American academic curriculum, reflects our mission to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.  We recognize the opportunity this partnership presents to extend Webster’s global impact beyond our current locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and to strengthen the bonds between our two peoples, our two countries and the business communities.

Congratulations on the anniversary of Uzbekistan independence. Webster University extends our best wishes for continued success as an independent nation taking the world stage.