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GCRF COMPASS Project Launch (22-23 May, Belarus)

The University of Cambridge along with its partners – University of Kent, ADA University (Azerbaijan), Belarusian State University, Tajik National University, and University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan), launched the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) “COMPASS” Project (ES/P010849/1; 2017-21), on 22-23 May 2018, Minsk, Belarus. The launch hosted more than 60 delegates including members of all partner institutions, Advisory Board members, GCRF project officer, and representatives from the Belarus Ministry of Education, Parliament, Presidential Administration and EU and representatives of Embassies of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan . The project launch received wide coverage on national TV, press and social media.

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Navroz Celebrations in Cambridge, 17 March 2018

Cambridge Central Asia Forum celebrated another amazing evening of Central Asian culture, music, dance and food on the 17th of March on the occasion of Navroz (new year). The evening was a medley of visual treats and included music and dance from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkemnistan and Kazakhstan. MPhil and PhD students from around Cambridge helped organise this event. The event was sponsored by Jesus College, Embassies of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, Cambridge University Kazakhstan Society, Cambridge University Uzbekistan Society.

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Roundtable on Silk Roads: Prospects and Perspectives

On the occasion of Navroz celebrations in Cambridge, the Cambridge Central Asia Forum organised a roundtable on the Silk Roads: Prospects and Perspectives in Jesus College. The event was graced by the presence of Her Excellency Ms Iskakova (Kyrgystan), His Excellency Mr Shaykhov (Uzbekistan), His Excellency Mr Jawad (Afghanistan), Head of Mission from Tajikistan to the UK Mr Qurbonov and First Secretary Mr Annayev (Turkmenistan). The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Master of Jesus College, Professor Ian White opened the roundtable with a welcome speech. Professor Nolan and Dr Fennell along with other academics from Cambridge, UCL and University of Kent gave brief talks as well.

Uzbek and Turkmen Pavilions at Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan: Pave way for 'New Energy' Revolution for a Global Impact

Dr Saxena's article on the Astana Expo 2017 and regional cooperation. "The energy comes forth at Astana Expo in two forms. One is the realisation that dependence on oil and hydrocarbons is just not fashionable anymore! And, for more than two decades Western analysts have been busy predicting implosion, collapse and a dire future for the Central Asia Region. Indeed, being landlocked it has challenges and simplistic economic thinking could set one against the other and/or create a regional hegemon. However, acting together the countries in the region can make an impact globally, as each country brings something more nuanced to the table."

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Cambridge Doctoral Scholarships for Young Scholars from Central Asia

A CCAF initiated project gets renewed! A senior delegation from the University of Central Asia visited Cambridge on 9 November, to sign a renewed agreement with the Cambridge Trust for a programme of co-funded PhD scholarships. Up to nine full scholarships will be available for students starting their research in Cambridge in 2018-19 and the two following years.

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Celebrating Strong Links with Central Asia

Some of the best graduate students from Central Asia will be able to study at Cambridge thanks to a co-funding scholarship agreement signed last week between the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the University of Central Asia.

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Cambridge Strides on the Silk Road

The Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Kazakhstan Society invited people from across the city and UK to mark the coming of spring over the weekend by celebrating Navroz, a traditional ancient Iranian festival marking the Persian New Year.

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Visit of a delegation from Uzbekistan to Cambridge

The delegation was composed of Dr Shoazim Minavarov, Director of the Islamic Civilization Centre (Head of the Delegation); Dr Ziyodov, Director of the Imam Al Bukhari Centre; Dr Najmiddinov, Director of the Islamic Research Centre under the Tashkent Islamic University; Mr Islomov, Senior Consultant, the Administration of the President of Uzbekistan; Mr R. Bakhodirov, Director of the Centre for Research of Uzbekistan’s Cultural Artefacts Abroad, His Excellency Dr Alisher Shaykhov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan in London and Dr Safarov, Councellor. The delegation visited the Fitzwilliam Museum, Ancient India and Iran Trust and Jesus College with Dr Saxena and Dr Yunusov on 3 March 2018.

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History of the Belt and Road

Professor Chak Fan Lee Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Chair Professor in Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong gave a talk on the 'History of the Belt and Road' on 30 January 2018 which launched a week of events in Jesus College on the Silk Road. His talk was organised by the China Centre, Jesus College and Cambridge Central Asia Forum and was attended by academics and students from the University of Cambridge.

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Turkmen Government signs an agreement with Cambridge University

The start of 2018 marked further strengthening of bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and the United Kingdom. The government of Turkmenistan has signed an agreement with two departments of Cambridge University, to enhance the teaching and learning of English in Turkmen schools.

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