What is Creative Uzbekistan?

Creative Uzbekistan is a new initiative that has grown out of the British Council’s Creative Spark programme. It aims to boost the creative economy by developing an online platform for sharing best practice in entpreneurship education between Uzbekistan and UK higher education institutions.

The British Council’s Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative to financially support international university and institutional partnerships that promote enterprise skills and creative economy capacity across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support.

The programme has been developed build on existing strengths in the creative sector and meet demand for entrepreneurship training, supporting wealth and job creation.

Creative Spark has three key elements:

  • Development of the funded partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries
  • Delivering enterprise skills training packages to students and creative entrepreneurs, ranging from pitching ideas and starting a business, to protecting intellectual property and securing financial support – this will be further developed through a ‘video pitch’ competition, open to 100,000s of students across the programme countries next summer, with UK based professional development courses as prizes
  • Delivering an English Learning Programme with a range of new digital language learning content. This will include online learning packs on the English Channel platform, online courses and new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) focused on English for entrepreneurship
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