Capacity Building for Internet Technologies Development and Promotion in Uzbekistan Phase 2
Right after independence, Uzbekistan as a young nation required the rapid development of a modern information infrastructure and relevant training. Facilities and technical skills required were not available, and very limited number of government agencies and other institutions had internet access and opportunity to modernize their infrastructure. UNDP carried out a project in 2000 2005, to address these issues. Free internet access was provided to governmental agencies, educational and medical institutions (more than 1,500 computers were connected to the Internet), and over 400 civil society and educational organisations improved access to information and electronic networks through Internet access points established in many cities.
Based on the positive experiences of the previous project, UNDP has now expanded the provision of the Internet access and training programs to reach more of the society throughout the country.
To facilitate Uzbekistan's further integration into the global information community by providing Internet access and relevant training to the population, which is vital to create an open society and sustainable human development.
The project aims at the following:
Maintain a modern networking infrastructure to provide high quality internet services;
Establish a variety of training courses targeting different groups of population;
Support internet activities at schools;
Provide training through local CISCO Academy and Microsoft to increase use of ICT.
Achievements & expected results
1. Three additional internet access points created in Chirchik, Shurtan and Zarafshan;
2. Scientific, Research and Educational Web Portal at UzSciNet;
3. “School Goes Digital” initiative, which provides teachers and students with special needs at secondary schools with access to ICT in a remote district of Tashkent, implemented in two more schools;
4. Following training programs will become widely available:
a. a full-scale Cisco Academy program for LAN Specialists;
b. Microsoft Certified Professional program;
c. Training on Linux systems;
d. European Computer Driving License;
e. Computer Basics.