Rolling back privatization in Kazakhstan’s higher education?

Cat on the road (to privatization?) Kazakhstan has energetically pursued privatization ever since emerging from the Soviet era some three decades ago. In higher education, this trend towards privatization has long been evident. Marketization has long been a feature of higher education in Kazakhstan. For example, the adoption of the 1995 law ‘On Privatization’, which …

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China and Russia’s higher education ambitions for Eurasia, and Central Asian responses (new publication)

Fortunately, our new article will not make you fall asleep For my first blog post of 2021, I'm very pleased to share a new peer-reviewed journal article. It explores China and Russia’s efforts to construct a higher education region in Eurasia and also examines the responses of policymakers in Central Asia to these initiatives. The …

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Wrapping up 2020

Well. It's been quite the year. It's hard to know where or how to start what would typically be my annual recap post. There's both too much and not enough to say, whether it's on higher education in Central Asia, on the injustices and inequalities that have been brought to the forefront by Covid, on …

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Traveller’s tales: Sending 1,000 books to libraries in Tajikistan

Now more than ever, it's important to find ways to lift our spirits and focus on the good that this world can sustain. With that in mind, I'm very happy to share my very own good news story. For various reasons, I wasn't able to publish this at the time, but better late than never... …

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Distance learning feels very distant in Tajikistan

With borders still closed and Covid cases on the rise, many of the 26,000 or so Tajik students who study in Russia each year remain stuck at home. With around five million students (a massive number but actually only 2% of the world's student population) studying abroad, Tajikistan's international students are far from being alone. …

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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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Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19 – Interview with The Diplomat

I recently teamed up with Vasila Bozichaeva, higher education researcher and PhD candidate at the Academy of Sciences in Tajikistan to do an interview with The Diplomat on education in Central Asia. Our interview responses were furr-ific In the interview, we cover everything from the idea of a university in Soviet times to how Tajikistan's …

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Join me live on Oct 1: Surviving a crisis: Resilience, adaptation, and transformation in higher education after the collapse of the Soviet Union

Updated Dec 2020: You can now watch a video of the seminar. I'm giving a seminar on October 1 (9am Eastern, 2pm UK, 6pm Dushanbe) about my recently completed doctoral work and would love to see you there. It's being hosted by the Centre for Global Higher Education, an international research centre with hubs at …

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