New Minister of Education for Tajikistan

Cats sparking joy, unlike certain Tajik civil servants... Whilst Russia has been making the headlines for its more-Marie-Kondo-than-Marie-Kondo approach to replacing government personnel (if it doesn't spark joy...), the Tajik government has been doing some pretty comprehensive new year cleaning of its own. I heard earlier today (January 24, 2020) from a knowledgeable source in …

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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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Tajikistan-China education cooperation

News agency Avesta has published possibly the most boring story I've read about the prospects for higher education cooperation between Tajikistan and China. Seriously, this post could easily have been called 'Diplomacy wins, or: How to make a story from nothing'. Bear in mind I read a lot of news stories about education in Central …

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Activism, academia and equality in Central Asia

I'm a little late to the party on this, but then again it's never too late to find time to read a brilliant series of articles on OpenDemocracy from earlier this year on how academic research is conducted in Central Asia. Spearheaded by tireless UK/Sweden/globally based academic and activist Dr Diana T. Kudaibergenova, the series …

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New article: Negotiating international research collaborations in Tajikistan

Hot off the online press! International research collaborations - whether these are informal groupings of researchers working together on a scientific problem of common interest or more formal arrangements (often with a budget and fixed timelines) - have increased so rapidly in number that one expert has called this growth "one of the most dramatic …

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Supporting female students in Tajikistan

Female students in Tajikistan are to get a boost from the new Intellect centre at Khorog State University. Opened with a US$40k grant from the World Bank/Ministry of Education, the centre aims to support women's learning by improving their living and studying conditions as well as their academic preparation. Female students from all regions of Tajikistan living …

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Recommended article – “Educational research in Central Asia: methodological and ethical dilemmas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” by Dilrabo Jonbekova

Published in well rated peer-reviewed journal Compare, Dilrabo Jonbekova's 2018 article examines the challenges and opportunities open to researchers of Central Asia, studying both 'insider' and 'outsider' researcher perspectives (and the blurring of the lines between these two groups). Jonbekova, a faculty member at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, is well placed for a study like this, …

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Most popular degrees in Tajikistan

The results of this year's university admission testing in Tajikistan (which, like in many other former Soviet countries, is now centralized) are now in. Over 100,000 higher education hopefuls took entrance exams in 2019, most for entrance to university. Around 10% were seeking admission to college i.e. the final two years of secondary education (usually …

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Политика в сфере высшего образования в Центральной Азии и Афганистане

Мой отчет о политике в сфере высшего образования в Центральной Азии и Афганистане теперь доступен на русском языке. Его можно найти на сайте Университета Центральной Азии (заказчик проекта) илл скачать здесь. Огромное спасибо УЦА за перевод! If you prefer it in English, you can find my report on higher education policy in Central Asia and …

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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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