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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Values, Identities and the Problems of Modernisation in Central Asia: Public lecture in Almaty, June 26

If you're in Almaty on June 26, this upcoming University of Central Asia lecture looks great (although the word 'modernization' makes me queasy). Take some notes for me? Values, Identities and the Problems of Modernisation in Central Asia Eset Esengaraev Sociologist, Candidate of Historical Sciences Abstract  Central Asian societies feature characteristics of both a traditional and …

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The end of science in Turkmenistan?

The Academy of Sciences in Turkmenistan is facing major budget cuts that will see a third of its personnel lose their jobs and structural changes that may see the Academy disappear from the science scene in the country. As an institution, the Academy of Sciences brings together researchers from across disciplines, historically separating them from …

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Of bars and brothels: Turkmenistani parents warned of dangers of allowing children to study abroad

The opportunity to study abroad is usually positioned as a life (and CV) enhancing experience. Among other benefits, studying abroad enables you to learn about different ways of teaching and learning, find out about new cultures, make new friends, and brush up on your language skills. Little wonder that the number of internationally mobile students …

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Turkmenistan’s universities in search of European partners

A rare story from Turkmenistan [ru] popped up in my inbox recently. Authored by the Russian language website turkmenistan.ru, it describes how a group of university leaders from the country recently visited Romania to discuss expanding their institutional partnerships. The short article lists a number of agreements being signed between universities in the two countries. From …

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New publication: Review of ’25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity’

I have a new book review out. Sometimes, a book comes along just at the right time. The recent publication of 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity was that book in 2018 for me. The book is the main end product of an exhaustive and huge-scale project led …

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