The Karimov Foundation seeks to promote Uzbekistan’s historical, cultural and literary heritage and operates programmes both in Uzbekistan and abroad.
Since it was established in 2016, the Foundation has instigated a number of successful projects and has recently signed a partnership agreement with the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan on joint cooperation in the areas of education, science and culture.
The two organisations will collaborate on projects focussing on achieving common goals with UNESCO such as: inclusive education; the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for future generations; the protection and promotion of museums; tourism, and the organization of international meetings and conferences.
Education and research are one of the main priorities of the Karimov Foundation.
Particular attention is paid to providing talented children and young people with access to educational opportunities to enable them to develop their full potential. To this end, the Foundation has recently instigated a scholarship scheme to allow young Uzbeks to study for Master’s degrees at prestigious European universities.
The scholarships are merit-based and are awarded in various academic disciplines and fields of study. The scheme covers living expenses, accommodation and administration as well as tuition fees, and the specially-dedicated Karimov Foundation office supports the young students every step of the way.
In 2017 and 2018, the Foundation awarded two-year scholarships for postgraduate studies in Europe to 22 young people from Uzbekistan, who are now studying for their master’s degree at some of the leading universities in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia and Poland.
Timur Tillyaev and Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva funds the scholarships personally.
Timur Tillyaev and Mrs. Karimova-Tillyaeva believe cultural understanding has a vital role to play in strengthening harmony between nations, and as such, the Foundation seeks to preserve and promote Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage.
Uzbekistan has a long-standing but little known literary tradition that encompasses works of great beauty and profound philosophy. The Foundation hopes to open this great treasure to the world by providing translation grants for both classical and contemporary writing, and to encourage the continued development of Uzbek literature by supporting modern authors.
The organization is also involved in other publishing projects, sponsoring research into various aspects of Uzbekistan’s traditions which is then written up, translated and presented in book form.
Another branch of the Karimov Foundation’s cultural mission centres on raising the profile of Uzbek contemporary visual arts by fostering a national school of art and encouraging public appreciation of cultural matters. To this end, the Foundation backs exhibitions, educational debates and other cultural events both inside the country and abroad.
The visual arts in Uzbekistan are intertwined with the country’s ancient craft traditions such as silk weaving and ceramics. To keep these skills and practices alive and hand them on to future generations, the Foundation provides direct financial assistance to artisan groups and promotes the work of leading craftsmen and women.