Akbar Sobirov, Chairman of Tashkent Medical Academy Student Council, visited our Alma Mater not so long ago. In 2005, First and Second Tashkent State Medical Institutes were closed down and Medical Academy was established on their basis which to this day prepares highly qualified medical personnel, coordinates other medical universities in Uzbekistan and, of course, conducts scientific research in the field of health care.
Tashkent Medical Academy is an example of a modern higher education institution which also preserves the traditions of classical medical education. It is a second home to a large family of tutors and students who are always ready to welcome new people into their circle. Even without going into detail, it is easy to see that BSMU and Tashkent Medical Academy are similar in their hospitality. In addition, both institutions will celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.
A tour around the university was arranged for our Uzbek guest, and he was particularly impressed by the Anatomy Museum. After the initial acquaintance with BSMU, Akbar Sobirov gave a speech at the conference where the speakers were Evgeny Karpuk, Chairman of the Coordinating Council of Student Self-Government, and Dmitry Borodin, Chairman of the Student Self-Government Council of the General Medicine Faculty. The topics under discussion ranged from student events and volunteer activities to the structural organisation of student government. Certainly, after the presentations it was possible to ask questions, discuss goals and plans, and implementation of future projects, including joint ones.
This meeting was the first step towards cooperation between Tashkent Medical Academy and Belarusian State Medical University at the international level.
It is worth mentioning that Akbar Sobirov is planning to organize summer internship at BSMU academy for students. He discussed such an opportunity as well as an exchange program with the administration of Belarusian leading medical university.
In addition to a university tour, a visit to the BSMU dormitories was also arranged. Akbar Sobirov was pleasantly surprised with comfort created for students: rooms are not just walls, beds and wardrobes, but also the atmosphere of comfort and mutual assistance.
The practical training laboratory, which perfectly demonstrates the possibility of comprehensive training of future doctors (as the ability to make quick decisions in critical situations and accurately perform the necessary manipulations in case of emergency), was not left unnoticed. Akbar Sobirov was impressed by what he saw and exchanged contacts with the head of the practical training laboratory to establish a similar centre at Tashkent Medical Academy in the future.
Of course, the visit was not just formal, but also friendly. So, besides some key issues, cultural particularities and mentalities, national cuisine and difficulties encountered by international students were discussed.
...Such events strengthen friendly relations between countries and educational institutions, make international cooperation possible and help us get to know new people. So, we look forward to more visits.
Author: Student Council of the General Medicine Faculty of BSMU, photos provided by the Student Council
Translation: Tatiana Malkovich