Challenges in contemporary higher education in Kyrgyzstan – published

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Further to my post last month, I’m delighted to announce that my article, Challenges in contemporary higher education in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education. A link to read the article can be found below and on my profile.

Challenges in contemporary higher education in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

My warm thanks go to the participants for their willingness to be interviewed, and to Norma Jo Baker and in particular to Jyldyz Doolbekova for their assistance in identifying participants.

On a personal note, I dedicate this article to my grandma Peggy Wolfson, who died peacefully aged 92 on 20 February 2015. Whilst she never made it to Central Asia, she enjoyed travelling widely during her life and equally relished the opportunity to meet and get to know people from all over the world from her home in the UK. My family and I are part of a global group of people who will truly miss this wonderful person.

3 thoughts on “Challenges in contemporary higher education in Kyrgyzstan – published

    […] are used appear to be lifted directly from comparisons I drew in my recently published article on challenges for higher education in Kyrgyzstan (e.g. the comparison to countries with similar populations). It’s a compliment to know that […]


    […] Stefan Kirmse of Humboldt University in Berlin drew on his research not just with young people in southern Kyrgyzstan but more broadly in Central Asia to demonstrate that choices made by young people around the region have more in common with each other than you might think. I have found this tendency to hold true in my analysis of the challenges facing higher education in Kyrgyzstan. […]


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