The start of 2018 marked further strengthening of bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and the United Kingdom. The education sector is one of the pillars of UK-Turkmen relations. Over recent years there has been growing interest from British education providers in working with their Turkmen counterparts. On 23 January 2018, with the support of the British Embassy in Ashgabat, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and two departments of Cambridge University; Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment English, was ceremonially signed during the World Education Forum in London.
The agreement was signed by Aknabat Atabayeva, the Deputy Minister of Education of Turkmenistan; Robert Cooper, Chief Operating Officer English Language Teaching for Cambridge University Press and Saul Nassé, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment English. Also present were Mr. Esen Aydogdyyev, Rector of the International University for Development and Humanitarian Sciences and Ms Lachyn Geldiyeva, language instructor, Translation and Theory & Practice Department at the Dovletmammet Azadi World Languages Institute.