Call for papers – “Global Bolognaization”: Central Asian Encounters with the European Higher Education Area

Are you a Central Asia based academic or practitioner with direct experience of the Bologna Process/European Higher Education Area? If so, we want to hear from you! I am co-Chair of a proposal for a roundtable at the European Consortium of Political Researchers (ECPR) General Conference, which will be held in August 2018 in Hamburg, …

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The next ten years in Central Asian higher education: Looking to the future after a decade of blogging

Somehow, the tenth anniversary of this blog has rolled around. From my very first post published on 30 September 2011, I’ve published 345 posts, averaging around three posts a month. In total, I’ve shared over 200,000 words, and in my most wordy year (2012) I produced almost 32,000 words across 46 posts. WordPress tells me …

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Creating a Central Asian Higher Education Area

Big and exciting news in the world of higher education in Central Asia: a Central Asian Higher Education Area is finally on the cards. The plans have been formalized and signed by the five countries’ Ministers of Education in the Turkestan Declaration signed in June 2021. When it comes to higher education, the Central Asian …

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Who’s coming, who’s going, and who’s staying at home: Update on student mobility in Central Asia

With some borders tentatively re-opening and others staying firmly shut as the Covid-19 pandemic rumbles on, it’s inevitable that this has impacted student mobility to and from Central Asia. However, this isn’t always entirely due to Covid-19 and it isn’t always playing out in patterns that are more commonly associated with student mobility. Let’s start …

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Why are there no foreign universities in Tajikistan?

This is the excellent question posed by Khaidar Shodiev writing for Asia-Plus, the nearest thing Tajikistan has to an independent newspaper. Strictly speaking, the country’s higher education system is not entirely devoid of international universities, with the regional University of Central Asia’s campus in Khorog and three Russian branch campuses all in the capital Dushanbe. …

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Conceptualizing major change in higher education

In my research on former Soviet higher education systems, the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 continues to feature prominently as a starting point for some of the subsequent shifts that have occurred in higher education (and in society at large). More recent changes such as the introduction of principles of the European Union’s …

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