Winter 2001 (9.4)
||The world needs
more dynamos like Husein Baghirov, the educator and visionary
who launched Baku's Western University ten years ago and has
worked tirelessly since then to help Azerbaijan through its tough
years of transition. Today he is tackling a new role as Azerbaijan's
first-ever Minister of Environment and Resources. Here Baghirov
recalls the complicated yet exhilarating journey that led to
the creation of one of Azerbaijan's first private universities.
||Many of the stories
in this issue are about Azerbaijanis who faced unexpected obstacles
and rose splendidly to the occasion. Dr. Arif Mehdiyev
is a prime example. As General Director of Azerbaijan's National
Aerospace Agency, he found himself at a loss after Azerbaijan
gained its independence: how would he continue to employ the
Agency's 3,000 highly qualified specialists and scientists when
all of their work and funds from the bankrupt Soviet system had
dried up? Page 46.
For Hamza Abdullayev (1946-
), art has the power to reveal deep truths. "An artist can't
change the world, but he can speak of universal truths with brushstrokes
and colors," he says. Hamza's painting of the "Tower
of Babel" appears on our front cover, a poignant reminder
of humankind's long history of pride, disconnectedness and discord.
Front Cover and Page 16.
The word "perseverance" immediately comes to mind when
describing Bulbul Music School Director Nigar Asgarova.
She is convinced that now that Azerbaijan is independent, it
must tap into the great treasury of its own national music, which
has yet to be unearthed. For Asgarova, the responsibility lies
with educators of youth to instruct Azerbaijanis about their
own culture. Page 50.
of Russian Language and Literature has a new name and a new Rector,
signaling a totally new philosophical direction best described
as forward-looking and international in scope. The Baku Slavic
University is now led by Turkologist Kamal Abdullayev,
who has a vision to build up the past while exploring ways to
meet the needs of the future. Page
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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