Dear Members and Friends of British-Uzbek Society,

We hope that you all are keeping well in these challenging times.

We are delighted to announce that #Dance4Uzbekistan Challenge initiated by Kamola Makhmudova, a Senior Banker from EBRD, and supported by British-Uzbek Society and a number of other organisations, is going very well! Thanks to collective efforts we have already fundraised over £10,000 which will be distributed across the hospitals, and support vulnerable people who have been badly affected by COVID-19 in Uzbekistan. The charitable fund has been set up by Bilim Uzbek Cultural Centre (London) in support of COVID19 – Solidarity with Uzbekistan campaign.

We have already run two online classes on Zoom platform:  Andijan Polka by Rashid Shadat, an actor and choreographer based in London, and Dilhiroj by Shirin Jalilova, Professor of State Academy of Choreography of Uzbekistan and the winner of numerous national and international dance competitions among professional dancers.

We hosted about 140 people participating in these two classes. Our participants danced in UK, Australia, Italy, France, Finland, Spain, Georgia, Switzerland, Russia, Tunisia, and Uzbekistan! It was a truly international Zoom-based Uzbek dance forum which united people from different countries and continents. Please check BUS You-tube channel to see how it works in practice!

Our next class is about a famous Khorezm dance Lazgi! This class will be demonstrated by Dilorom Madrakhimova, a lead dancer of Navbakhor Dance Ensemble from Uzbekistan and the winner of many national and international dance festivals and competitions.  Please join us on Zoom, on Sunday 26th April, 11 AM London time! Please contact for any queries.

Dear members and friends of British-Uzbek Society,

We are pleased to announce that British-Uzbek Society supports a new initiative #Dance4Uzbekistan challenge aiming to raise funds in support of “Solidarity with Uzbekistan” campaign to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people in need. The essence of the challenge is to make a contribution  of £5 minimum to the trusted fund  and get an access to online master classes by  leading professional dancers from Uzbekistan via Zoom platform. As a result, you will help people in need in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic and enjoy dancing with the Uzbek dance top professionals!

Dance with the stars and help fight COVID-19 in Uzbekistan! Details in the poster below.

COVID19: Fundraising for Uzbekistan

Dear members of British-Uzbek Society,

Considering current situation in the world, and in particular in Uzbekistan, around the spread of COVID-19 virus, the British-Uzbek Society is supporting the global fundraising initiative – “Solidarity with Uzbekistan” to help most vulnerable parts of the society to cope with the pandemic. The funds will be directed to medical and social needs of the people affected by the COVID19 pandemic.

We would kindly ask each of you to show your support by either making a contribution or by spreading the word. Please follow to the below trusted platform

The funds will be collected through the above gofundme page, transferred to the account of Bilim Uzbek Cultural and Educational Centre and transferred to those in need in Uzbekistan. As a registered charity in the UK, Bilim has an obligation to report each collection and expenditure firstly to you and also to the regulators. Therefore, full transparency and information about expenses and results of this campaign will be provided on Facebook page:

We sincerely hope that our common efforts will help the ones in need, including medical personnel involved in the fight with the epidemic, help them to overcome all the difficulties and return to the normal life as soon as possible.

This initiative is supported by the Embassies of Uzbekistan in the UK and other European countries, Bilim Uzbek Cultural and Educational Centre, which is a registered charity in the UK, and other organisations.

We thank each one of you who will respond to this plea.

Executive Committee

British-Uzbek Society

Corona virus 2020: important announcement

After careful consideration the Executive Committee of British-Uzbek Society has decided to cancel the activities planned in March, April, and May. This decision follows the decision of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in London to cancel their annual Navruz party, and that of the British Embassy in Tashkent to postpone the UBTIC meeting scheduled to take place in London in May. When both the British and Uzbek governments have announced that participation at public events no longer involves any risk of passing on or contracting Corona virus we will resume our activities.

Past Events

Joint talk by Dr Paul Wordsworth and Dr Christopher Fort

Joint talk by Dr Paul Wordsworth and Dr Christopher Fort

Joint talk by Dr Paul Wordsworth and Dr Christopher Fort on Friday,17 January at the Uzbekistan Embassy…

Christmas Party

BUS Annual Dinner at the University Women’s Club, Mayfair – co-sponsored by ‘Asmald Palace’ company from Kokand (Uzbekistan…

Master Class by Shirin Jalilova

Invitation: Master Class by Shirin Jalilova, Performer of Traditional Uzbek Dances…

Talk on Traditional Ceramics of Uzbekistan

History and Contemporary Developments by Alisher Rakhimov, master ceramist from Uzbekistan…

BUS membership is open to all

Our current members include individual professionals in various fields, students and “interested members of the public”. We also offer academic and non-profit institutions membership to cultural and educational institutions and corporate membership to companies and corporations with business interests in the region. So join us and let us together…

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Higher Education in Uzbekistan

Higher Education in Uzbekistan

Education in Uzbekistan has a long history. During the medieval Islamic period important madrassas (Islamic colleges) where established in this area. These institutions continued to enjoy a reputation for excellence until the early modern period. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, under Tsarist rule, a number of Russian, and mixed ‘Russo-Native’ schools and colleges…