In Turkmenistan large-scale work is under way in order to modernize the national educational system, develop university science and raise it to the level of the developed states.

Science and education are what the people accumulated for thousands of years and passed it down from generation to generation, this is our priceless heritage, the President noted.

The “Law on Education” was adopted in the framework of the large scale support given by the state. The intensive construction of new children’s preschool establishments, secondary schools and higher educational institutions is carried out throughout the country. The latest information and communication technologies have been introduced into the educational system in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of the teaching process. Schools and universities have been equipped with modern computers and multimedia tools of teaching.

The basis for development of education and science initiated and approved by the President of Turkmenistan includes the national programme for socio-economic development for 2018-2024, the programme of development of innovative work in 2015-2020, the programme of training of scientific personnel in Turkmenistan and others.

Turkmenistan steadily improves scientific, technical, innovative and technology cooperation with leading foreign organizations and centers. Introducing the world standards into educational process, our country increases the collaboration in humanitarian sphere with the UN, European Union. Establishment of fruitful contacts between high schools of the state and leading scientific and educational centers of the world is visually indicated by the realization of different projects under such educational programs as TEMPUS TACIS and other. Joint work is carried out with competent organizations working in Turkmenistan like the UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP and UNESCO.

Our state positions itself in the world as one of the strong world powers that harmonically develops in all directions. New historical milestone of comprehensive progress of the country requires steadfast improvement of educational system together with other spheres of the economy.

Turkmenistan gained rich experience in education in the context of current demands. Construction of modern secondary professional and high education institutions provided with latest computers, study and technical equipment, interactive multimedia technologies as well as pre-school facilities and children recreation and health improving centres, expansion of cooperation with international organizations and leading scientific and international centres of the world, improvement of teaching foreign languages demonstrate special attention that the Government pays to fundamental reformation of this system.

All conditions have been created in our country so that young people, having received an excellent education and upbringing, would worthily serve the country and the people. As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes in his speeches: "Our main task is to grow a highly educated generation of true patriots who know the history of the people, take pride in today's high achievements of their country and strive to multiply the glory of independent Turkmenistan."

By the beginning of the 2017 academic year, a number of architectural premiers were held in all regions of the country. In Ashgabat, the buildings of three secondary schools opened in a residential area of Parahat-7 for 600 places each, two schools for 720 places each in the Keshi district, where two kindergartens for 320 children were also built for the youngest population. In the Ahal province in Serakhs etrap (district), two secondary schools with 720 places each were put into operation.

Quality modernization of educational sphere also introduced topical novelties in school time-table, which together with basic studies includes such disciplines as the bases of economy, cultural heritage of Turkmenistan, world culture, modeling and graphics, information, communication and innovative technologies.  Decision on the expansion of the spectrum of foreign languages studied by the students was another important step in this direction. Educational institutions with deep study of English, French, German, Japanese languages successfully work in the country.

A joyful event was the traditional presentation on behalf of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to all first-graders of the country notebooks with specially installed software. Multimedia manuals were prepared for first-graders and second-graders, who continue to master the school curriculum, using their "electronic assistant."

Yearly victories of Turkmen university and school students at prestigious contests in different disciplines became visual results of innovative changes in educational sphere.

For example, at the 51st International Mendeleev Olympiad in Chemistry, held on April 23-30, 2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan, they won silver and bronze medals. Students of the State Energy Institute took part in the Open International Internet Olympiad in subjects "Economics", "Theoretical Mechanics", "Informatics", "Metal Resistance", "Ecology", "Statistics" in the format of computer-based online testing. Operators of the competition are the Research Institute for Monitoring the Quality of Education and the National Fund for the Support of Innovations in the Education of the Russian Federation. 2 thousand 125 students took part in the final stage of the Olympiad, including from the universities of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and others.

Representatives of Turkmen State Energy Institute have adequately coped with the Internet examinations, showing a good level of preparation. According to the results of disciplinary testing, they were awarded 7 medals: 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. Good results were shown by the students of the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli at the 13th International Olympic Games in theoretical mechanics in the Republic of Belarus, having received gold and silver medals.

Ceremonial opening of new high educational institution – the Municipality Management University and Chemistry Faculty of Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli held with the participation of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on September 1, 2017 were the events of special importance.

Area of the complex of buildings of the Municipal Management University designed for 2,000 students is 25 hectares. The university includes 5 main faculties and 17 departments. It trains the students in 12 specializations while the faculty of qualification improvement provides the training upgrade for the personnel of the industry.

For the first time in our country, on the instructions of the head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a training program in the field of technospheric security was introduced. This is the direction of training specialists in the field of labor protection, ensuring industrial safety of technological processes and industries both under normal conditions and in an emergency situation.

The university has 44 laboratories provided with modern equipment and technologies meeting international standards including electronic laboratory, laboratory of automatic planning systems of technological processes, laboratory of construction material and productions, plant biochemistry laboratory, electrical laboratory and others. It also has modern hothouse where future specialists will master the knowledge of landscape design of cities and villages of Turkmenistan.

Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli is the oldest national education facilities that today is the largest scientific, educational and cultural centre of the country. For the last few years, educational base of the Turkmen State University underwent fundamental changes – the main building as well as the buildings of mathematic and geographic faculties has been built. New specialties are systematically opened in the University; active training of scientific personnel, postgraduate students and doctoral candidates is carried out.

On the order of the Ministry of Education, a modern three-story complex of new buildings of the chemical faculty of TSU was built by the French company Buig Batiman International. The complex of buildings includes training auditoriums provided with high technology equipment, experimental laboratories, dissertation rooms, language and computer classes, art laboratories, reading and multimedia halls.

Totally, 8,308 students have been accepted to high educational institutions in 2017- 2018 academic year, which is 1,052 people more than in 2016 (14 percent of the growth rate).

Geography of foreign educational institutions where Turkmen youth gets the knowledge expands with every year. Training of our compatriots abroad is also carried out under intergovernmental agreements by the assignment of the Ministry of Education and profile ministries and departments.

Thousands of boys and girls from Turkmenistan became the holder of student cards of prestigious universities of Russia, Belarus, China, Malaysia, Romania, Turkey, Croatia and other states in 2016-2017.

Qualification of teachers who master advanced educational methods and informative technologies are also improved, international contacts of educational facilities of our and foreign countries are expanded. Having established close contacts with prestigious educational and scientific centres of Europe, Asia and America, Turkmenistan achieved considerable growth of its students in these continents and intensified the participation in international studies, university exchanges and development of academic information networks.