Back to the Two-Level System
Less than four years ago Uzbekistan abandoned a two-tier system for training scientific and scientific-pedagogical specialists, but a recent decision envisages its return, admittedly with new notions and rules.
It follows from the 16 February Decree of the President of the country which stresses that the pace of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan necessitates rethinking of experience accumulated as part of single-stage system of postgraduate education, taking into consideration the best practices of some foreign countries in this sphere.
From July 1 this year, Uzbekistan will introduce a two-level system of postgraduate education. The new scheme is to include basic doctorate (with defending of a dissertation and conferment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in various branches of sciences) and doctorate (with with defending of a dissertation and conferment of the degree of Doctor of Science, ScD).
In accordance with the Decree, the PhD degree can be awarded to individuals who have a master's degree or higher education (a degree program) or have completed clinical residency (for medical sciences), and have defended the thesis. ScD degree will be awarded to individuals who have a degree of candidate of science or a PhD, or other equivalent degrees obtained in foreign countries, and have defended the thesis.
To the basic doctoral candidacy institution it shall be accepted the persons who have a master's degree or higher education or completed clinical studies (residency), and a doctorate - persons with a degree of candidate of science or PhD or other equivalent degrees obtained abroad.
Persons who have attained aforementioned degrees and were assigned as an independent researcher shall also be permitted to defend doctoral theses for the degree of PhD and ScD.