CLASS: Interdisciplinary Master Program on Computational Linguistics at Central Asian Universities, Computational Linguistics are crucial for the development of high information technologies and absolutely necessary for the industrial, social and cultural progress, This project is being done under the initiatives of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan universities


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Development of the interdisciplinary master program on Computational Linguistics at Central Asian universities

This project is being done under the initiatives of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan universities

Νumber 585845-EPP-1-2017-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Some of the means for enhancing access to higher education, world knowledge exchange, and closer involvement of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in world economy is availability of information, incorporating new teaching methods, ICT-based practices in education. Computational Linguistics, and more generally Human Language Technologies are crucial for development of high information technologies, absolutely necessary for the industrial, social and civilization progress. These technologies are in progress almost everywhere in the world but at different speed in the concerned countries.

Despite of a number of software working with recognition of the world languages such as English, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish; the Kazakh and Uzbek languages still drop out. Thus it is practically impossible for the world community to retrieve any information in Uzbek or Kazakh. Though the policies of both countries – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan aim at mastering English as the way of entering world economy (Kazakhstani Cultural program «Trinity of languages», The decree of the President of Uzbekistan № 1875 “On measures to further improve of foreign language learning system”, December, 10, 2012) English proficiency is still low, and the needs for access to the world information, as well as introducing themselves in UZ and KZ languages are still very high, besides, the world interest to the information on the Turkic languages is growing and the demand for qualitative machine translation into\from Uzbek and Kazakh is evident, though Google started this service about two years ago, it still needs much improvement.

As it is known the studying computational linguistics provides a working component of a speech or natural language system; morphological and syntactic analysis are the stepping stones for more complex language processing applications, such as machine translation, information retrieval, question-answering, and many others. However, for Uzbek and Kazakh languages formalization and computational analysis of languages morphology is not widely worked out ( Achievements of computational linguistics can be applied in language teaching via creating special software. Computational linguistics master program will improve the situation via training the students, stimulating research in computational linguistics to understand the nature of linguistic representations and linguistic knowledge, and how linguistic knowledge is acquired and deployed in the production and comprehension of language; computing of the relation between form and meaning, facilitating document processing and information retrieval, providing with new data and instruments for learning languages (Kazakh, Uzbek, English).

Computational Linguistics as interdisciplinary educational program does not exist in the partner countries, though as a research area it has been developed since beginning of 2000. Implementation of new teaching methods ICT-based practices will make education accessible for more students. They will be able to access learning materials, teacher interaction with digital tools. Thus the project tackles regional priorities: learning and teaching tools: blended courses; access to higher education, international cooperation at regional level. Blended learning strategy training will be provided, experience and skills disseminated in academic process in partner HEIs; blended courses will be developed and implemented, thus improving access to higher education; joint development of courses will stimulate international cooperation.

New interdisciplinary master program meets the national priorities in Humanities as Computational Linguistics competence enforces Linguistics curriculum development moreover it also involves Lifelong learning and Knowledge triangle, innovation. Mastering blended learning and development of NLP tools will reinforce links between education, research and business, as the project outcomes will be offered for implementation by companies and agencies. Professional skills of the computational linguistics program graduates will be applied to create new tools to make information in the Uzbek and Kazakh languages available for speakers of other languages, as well as to learn these languages via English. Blended Learning implies both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students, thus the developed blended courses and the professional skills related to blended learning will be applied for continuing education. Building partner capacities in blended learning as learning and teaching tool, pedagogical approach improves the access to higher education including the disadvantaged groups of people. Disseminating experience and knowledge of blended learning to other educational programs contributes to capacity development potential of the project.

Erasmus+ CBHE action

Development of the interdisciplinary master program on Computational Linguistics at Central Asian universities Νumber 585845-EPP-1-2017-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP


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New leap in education

Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages is doing a lot of positive work to strengthen international relations, joint educational programs and expanding international projects. These days, team members of the ERASMUS + CLASS project: “Development of Master Program in Computer Linguistics at Central Asian Universities”, members of the Institute working group headed by the rector of SamSIFL I.M.Tukhtasinov, and representatives of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan are participating at the 2nd annual meeting and seminars organized at West Attica University, Athens, Greece.

The coordinator of the project the University of Santiago de Compostella in Spain, and members of the consortium West Attica University in Greece, A Coruna University in Spain, Porto University in Portugal, Poznan University in Poland, Al-Farabi Kazakh National National University, Eurasian National University named after L.N.Gumilov, members of the project working group of Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, Urgench State University named after Al-Khorezmi, National University named after Mirzo Ulugbek, Uzbek Language and Literature University named after Alisher Navoi are participating at seminar-trainings and discussing current issues and next action plan of the project as well as requirements for master's program.

During the visit, negotiations to strengthen international relations with partner universities, to sign cooperation agreements and implement new investment projects are being conducted.

Erasmus+ Information Seminar for HEIs of Samarkand Region

Erasmus+ Information seminar for HEIs of Samarkand region was held on June 18, 2019 in Samarkand by organizers Samarkand State Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) in Uzbekistan and Erasmus+ CBHE project teams.

At this seminar the information about: Capacity building in Higher Education; Credit Mobility; Joint master Degrees (CMC); Jean Monnet is presented.

Fahriddin Bakiev and Akram Shermatov, CLASS (Developing Master Program on Computational Linguistics in Central Asian Universities) project members of SamSIFL team, presented achievements of Erasmus+ CLASS project at Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.

More than 50 representatives of Higher Education Establishments in Samarkand take part at the seminar.

SamSIFL CLASS project participants at AMU training-seminars

Within the project CLASS “Development of the Interdisciplinary Master Program on Computational Linguistics at Central Asian universities” three participants from Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages Zafar Ashurov, Akram Shermatov, Fakhriddin Bakiyev are taking part in seminar trainings on creating methodologies for developing NLP (Natural language processing) tools at the Faculty of Informatics and Mathematics of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. The project workshops are scheduled for May 17-29, 2019.
The professors of NLP Department are conducting lectures, seminars and workshops on topics such as WordNet as a lexical database, machine translation, application of ontologies in e-learning and information systems, correcting errors of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognizer), natural language processing techniques in application to the analysis of literary art works, introduction to acoustic phonetics, multilingual dictionary and relational database, basic Linux tools for text processing.

CLASS Meeting

On February 8, 2019 at Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages ERASMUS + Program CLASS: “Developing Interdisciplinary Master Program on CL in Central Asian Universities” project members (O.Yusupov project coordinator, A.Nizamov responsible for financial issues, A. Shermatov investigator, Z.Ashurov IT specialist, T.Nasrullayeva investigator, F.Bakiyev investigator, D.Ksilev expert, L.Muzaffarova investigator, S.Bekniyazova investigator) conducted a meeting and discussed activities done by project members, the syllabus of Formal Grammars, other syllabuses prepared by partner Universities and future plans.

In order to prepare the syllabus of Formal Grammars objectives, subject content, recommended bibliography, competences, methodology, assignments and evaluation, requirements of the course are discussed.

ERASMUS+ CLASS Meeting in Tashkent

SamSIFL working group's representatives – Otabek Yusupov (coordinator), PhD Akram Shermatov and PhD Dmitriy Kiselyov – took part at annual meeting of ERASMUS+ CLASS project, held on October 16-17, 2018 at NUUz Mathematics Department in Tashkent.

This meeting attended representatives of all EU and CA partner universities. During the meeting the following issues related to the project were discussed:

- AMU presented the analysis of CL teaching in leading universities worldwide, and suggested the structure of the future common CL curriculum;

- USC, UDC and UPorto shared their experience and further plans of CL and CL-related subjects teaching;

- partners from Kazakhstan – ENU and KazNU – presented their analysis of CL teaching experience, and their draft of the future curriculum of CL;

- representatives of universities from Uzbekistan – NUUz and TSUULL – shared their vision of the structure and the content of the curriculum of CL.

According to the results of the meeting, SamSIFL is responsible for "Formal Grammar" compulsory syllabus (5 ECTS) and designs the Project's Sustainability and Development Strategy.

Consortium members also shared the tasks concerning Project' further development, dissemination, quality assurance etc.

Computerization of Turkic Languages-2018 - Computerization of Turkic Languages

At the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature was held the conference on "Computerization of Turkic Languages-2018 - Computerization of Turkic Languages".

Scholars from the foreign countries as Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Finland, China, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Yakutia and Tuva visited Tashkent state University of Uzbek language and literature in order to participate in the international conference belonging to “Computational linguistics”

The conference participants exchanged views on the creation of a computational information language for all Turkic languages, electronic dictionaries, programs, textbooks and the national corpus of the Uzbek language.

Project members of the “Erasmus +” from our Samarkand state institute of foreign languages also took part in that conference.

Training days at UDC!

The University of A Coruña has hosted a training course for professors and staff of seven universities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as part of “CLASS.”

The training has began on 18/06/2018 and activities will last until 03/07/2018, spanning a total of 12 working days, in the faculties of Philology and Computer Science of the University of A Coruña. The course has employed a blended learning methodology using the Moodle platform, with an on-site 4.5-hour session (9:00 to 13:30) and 3.5 hours of remote work each day. 34 Central Asian professors and staff have participated in the sessions.

The subjects covered in the training have been Blended Learning, Linguistics, Natural Language Processing and Quality Assessment, provided by 9 experts in each of the topics from the University of A Coruña. All of them are necessary subjects to train the Central Asian staff to implement multidisciplinary Master’s programs in Computational Linguistics, the ultimate goal of the project.

During the training, project members from other European partner universities (University of Santiago de Compostela and University of Porto) have visited A Coruña to meet with the training participants and advance other aspects of the project, like the elaboration of curricula and syllabuses for the Master’s programs. (Carlos Gómez Rodríguez)


Operational capacity: Skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project

Otabek Yusupov

SamSIFL Team Coordinator

Anvar Nizamov

Project Member

Zafarjon Ashurov

Project Member

Akram Shermatov

Project Member

Kiselyov Dmitriy

Project Member

Bekniyazova Sevara

Project Member

Bakiev Fakhriddin

Project Member

Nasrullaeva Tozagul

Project Member

Muzaffarova Luiza

Project Member

Berdialiev Bahodir

Project Member

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