Participants in the Scientific Conference at the National University of Uzbekistan pose with Holon Institute of Technology President Eduard Yakubov (center).
(photo credit: TATIANA SHOIKHET)
Establishing joint startups in data science, IT and the energy field, as well as doing mutual research, may be the result of the first Uzbek-Israeli scientific conference taking place this week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The conference, titled Contemporary Problems in Mathematics and Physics, has brought together more than 60 scientists from the two countries. The opening remarks at the conference were made by Uzbek Education Minister Inomjon Majidov and Israeli Ambassador to Uzbekistan Eduard Shapira.
The conference is the result of joint efforts by the National University of Uzbekistan (NUUz) and the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT). According to both bodies, it’s an important step toward broadening mutual cooperation in science and technology, especially in IT, biotechnology, data science, as well as an exchange between students and lecturers and collaborative scientific projects.
The conference was made possible due to the long-standing friendship and collaboration between Prof. Eduard Yakubov, president of HIT, who was born in Uzbekistan and made aliya in the 1990s, and Prof. Azimbay Sadullaev of NUUz. In June, Sadullaev visited Israel and gave a lecture at HIT.
“Israel is very close to our hearts,” he said.
“Many Uzbeks have friends and former colleagues in Israel. We are well aware of Israeli hi-tech and are interested in broadening cooperation with it.”
Yakubov added, “Israel is beginning to discover the tremendous opportunities in cooperating with Uzbekistan, and we are glad to pave the way toward it.”