Nine years of blogging later…

Cat memes are now an integral part of the blog. I started to include them after a friend suggested (jokingly??) that I should add cat pics to increase readership... I started this blog back in September 2011 after completing my Master's degree and having had the chance to write my final report about a subject …

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In Their Own Words: Scholarship Stories from Tajikistan (repost)

Below is a very nice story posted on the Central Asia Institute website offering motivation and inspiration from a number of scholarship students from Tajikistan. Thanks to Michelle O'Brien for alerting me to this story. In Their Own Words: Scholarship Stories from Tajikistan (c) Central Asia Institute: https://centralasiainstitute.org/in-their-own-words-scholarship-stories-from-tajikistan February 20th, 2018 In Tajikistan, poverty is one of the …

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One week to go: Webinar on higher education in Eurasia

No plans yet for Wednesday January 31st? Oh, you have plans? Time to cancel them and join us for a free webinar on higher education transformations in Eurasia! The time depends on where you are in the world... It will be: 09.30 New York/Toronto time, which is 14.30 London time, which is 21.30 Astana time, and …

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Free webinar on higher education transformations in Eurasia

Happy new year to all my blog readers - all 1,000+ of you! I hope 2018 has started well for you, wherever you are in the world and whatever your plans are for this year. I am looking forward to continuing to share news and reflections on the wonderful world of education, society and politics …

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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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Fast facts on Central Asian higher education

I was asked recently to give an overview of Central Asia's higher education systems to a group of people who know a lot about higher education but less about the Central Asian context. This was a great task. It really got me thinking about what someone would need to know in order to get a sense …

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Does study abroad lead to democracy in former Soviet countries?

These days, there's a lot of literature out there - both in the academic and the policy worlds - on studying abroad. You can read about why students choose to go abroad for higher education, how studying abroad changes students, how states compete to recruit the best students from around the world, what this all …

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ESCAS-CESS 2017 Conference report

The first joint conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) was, it is fair to say, a roaring success. Held at the stunning new purpose-built campus of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, ESCAS-CESS was the largest international conference of Central Eurasian …

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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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