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

Yes, Kazakhstan is Very Nice. Read on for the tenuous link. 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 …

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Kazakhstan publishes its back-to-school plan

While many countries are still pondering what to do with students come the new school year in September 2020, Kazakhstan - currently under a state imposed quarantine for a second time - has announced its back-to-school plan. If you're ready, open your laptop... most students in Kazakhstan aren't yet leaving their house to go back …

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Celebrity calling: Supporting Indian students stuck in Kyrgyzstan

Around 4,000 Indian international students are still stuck in Kyrgyzstan after COVID-19 measures have led to closed borders and calls to return home. This represents almost half of the total number of Indian students in the country - India is the top sending country of international students to Kyrgyzstan (see my 2019 post on this). …

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Kazakhstan: Where women predominate in universities but few lead

I'm really happy to share an article published in University World News by my colleague Svetlana Shakirova. Dr Shakirova is an expert on gender issues (and many other things), is Director of the Department for Research and Innovation at the Kazakh National Women’s Teacher Training University, and is also co-founder and director of the Almaty-based …

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Call for proposals: Beyond Competition? The Future Geopolitics of Knowledge (Panel to be held at ECPR 2019)

Below is a call for paper proposals to join a panel I am co-organizing that has been selected for inclusion at the 2019 General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Researchers. Please share this call with your contacts and consider sending us your abstract by January 10th! A pdf version of the proposal is …

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Хватит говорить о «борьбе за студентов» [Forget the competition trope]

Хотите знать по больше о моем исследовании на русском языке? Читайте дальше! Вышел на свет русский перевод статьи о нашем с руководителем проекте о глобалной конкуренции за международных студентов. Ну вот, статья на русском. This blog post is letting Russian language readers know about a new Russian translation of an article my supervisor wrote about …

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New(ish) publication: The politics of the great brain race

I realized I didn't blog about a recently published article I co-authored with Prof Creso Sá, my supervisor at the University of Toronto. How remiss of me! (?!) So, let me tell you about our article, The politics of the great brain race: Public policy and international student recruitment in Australia, Canada, England and the USA, …

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New publication: Scientific nationalism in a globalizing world

After a break from blogging to attend the recent and quite fantastic World Cup in Russia, I'm back with the good news that I have a new publication out. This is a book chapter co-written with my supervisor Professor Creso Sá and is titled Scientific nationalism in a globalizing world. It's part of a hefty new Handbook …

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A visual tour of Central Asia’s universities

I've had a small gallery of my pictures of Central Asia's universities up on this site for a while, and have been meaning to update it after taking lots more photos this summer. So here we are, for your viewing pleasure (well, mainly for mine), here is a new and updated gallery showcasing just a …

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