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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Ищу участников для интервью

Дорогие читатели моего блога! Мне нужна ваша помощь найти участников для интервью. Читаете дальше... Летом 2017 г. я буду проводить исследование для своей кандидатской диссертации. Название моей диссертации: Как реагирует высшее образование на крупные институциональные изменения? Падение Советского Союза и университеты в Казахстане, Кыргызстане и Таджикистане. Я ищу нынешних и бывших преподавателей для интервью (на …

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Education for the local, as well as the national and global

Starting off the new year with a hopeful story - and I will do what I can to make this year one where hope is rekindled - comes news from the University of Central Asia's (UCA) brand new campus in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. Regular readers will know I've been following this project for 15 years now, since working for the …

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Five years of blogging on Central Asia

It's been five years since I started this blog and I wanted to mark the moment with a post reflecting on a half decade of sharing news and views on education, society and politics in Central Asia. In those five years I've published nearly 200 stories and attracted over 700 regular followers - thank you all. And thanks also to …

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Paid to protest: More on student protests in Tajikistan

In my most recent post, Protests? What protests?, I discussed recent protests both against and in favour of the government in Tajikistan. Following up on this, I want to share an excellent and highly informative article from Russian-language site Fergana News, which Open Democracy has reproduced with permission and translated into English. The article, provocatively called Tajikistan's imitation …

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Protests? What protests? The continuing lack of plurality in Tajikistan

News has emerged of a number of connected protests in / relating to Tajikistan. However, if at first glance this appears to be a tiny step towards practicing the freedoms (of speech, to gather in public etc) nominally guaranteed to citizens under Tajik law, don't get your hopes up. Leading the story on 23 September, Radio Free Europe/Radio …

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Faculty blamed for poor standards at Kulob State University, Tajikistan

An unusually critical article was published recently in Asia-Plus - one of Tajikistan's last remaining bastions of press freedoms - observing a worrying drop in educational standards at Kulob State University [ru], nominally one of the best in the country. Two main causes are identified: the fact that many of the better qualified faculty have left the university (20 …

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A new phase for Central Asian higher education begins

After many years in the pipeline (just do a quick search on my blog if you want to check the archives!), the University of Central Asia (UCA) has today welcomed its very first undergraduate students. True, they are a select few: just 71 students selected from the three UCA countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan …

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The Economist on the University of Central Asia 

Highly regarded British politics and economics magazine The Economist is a reliable source of news and tongue-in-cheek humorous bylines about what's happening in the world. I was delighted to see a short article on the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan in this week's edition, complete with silly/witty byline "Aga saga". This refers to the Aga Khan, …

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