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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First Central Asian branch campus to open – and why diversity in higher education matters

It was perhaps only a matter of time before the rapid internationalization* of higher education in Central Asia made its ways outside the region's borders, moving away from the current focus on internationalization within the region. There are examples of internationalization reaching Central Asia littered all over the place. Here are just a few to illustrate the …

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Women in higher education in Central Asia

Did you know that as far back as the 1970s - an era when most of Europe and North America was only just waking up to the idea of mass higher education - that more women than men were enrolled in universities in the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan? And did you also know that these impressively …

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Central Asia: what lies ahead? (updated)

Happy new year! This is my fifth year of blogging on Central Asia, focussing on issues relating to higher education and social change. I open the year with an interesting analytical think piece from global intelligence agency Stratfor that attempts to surmise what the future might hold for the region. It's available on their website …

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Studying abroad: no longer just a dream?

Here's a transcription (though not a literal translation) of a very informative 8 minute video from Radio Ozodi [ru]. It shows a growing interest in studying abroad, but the programme has a clear moral drive behind its interesting content - see the last paragraph. Makes me wonder if the Kazakh government didn't inspire the piece: the …

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A monument for all seasons: honouring teachers in Kazakhstan

There is something very Soviet/Central Asian about putting up monuments, and it's definitely a fashionable thing to do at the moment (recent achievements include the world's tallest flagpole in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan has the world record for the largest Ferris wheel). Today I can report that Kazakhstan is planning to build the country's first monument 'dedicated to …

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Uzbekistan: Karimov Decree Makes Schools, Universities Cell-Free Zones (Repost from Eurasia.net)

(c) Evgeny Kuzmin, Eurasia.Net, http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65545 Uzbekistan: Karimov Decree Makes Schools, Universities Cell-Free Zones President Islam Karimov's administration in Uzbekistan wants school-age children to be in school and studying. Yet a new rule imposed on schools and universities indicates that officials are worried Uzbek youngsters are learning too much. Under a decree adopted in late May, students …

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