“We are losing our future”: Corruption in Uzbek higher education

I'm excited to share the results of new original research on corruption in Uzbek higher education, written by Albina Yun. Yun is a graduate of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and the Uzbek State World Languages University. She is a higher education professional currently working at Westminster University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Yun's research, written up as a policy brief …

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Gender gaps in higher education across Central Asia

After a recent blog post I published on Women in higher education in Central Asia, I was approached by University World News to write more about why it is that some women in Central Asia - particularly those in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan - are doing so much better (better even than the world average) in getting to university than …

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Reflections on Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, New York, April 2016

During the past week I've been attending and presenting at the World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) in magnificent New York, and wanted to use this blog post to follow up and share some reflections from an excellent conference. ASN is a large conference with two overarching sets of themes. Firstly, topic-based, …

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One of The Guardian’s top blogs

Irreverent, funny and informative – higher education does the internet really well. So says The Guardian's Higher Education Network, which has today named my blog as one of its favourite social media accounts: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/mar/23/follow-the-leaders-the-best-social-media-accounts-for-academics. What an excitement and a privilege, particularly looking at who else is featured on their list! Many thanks to The Guardian for this recognition, and for …

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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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New article out: The Dominance of Social Sciences in English-Medium Instruction Universities in Central Asia

The latest issue of Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, 3(5) Fall 2015, is just out today and I'm delighted to say it has an essay I wrote in it. The informational newsletter comes from the prestigious Higher School of Economics in Moscow as part of a cooperation agreement with Boston College's Center of International Higher Education. …

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Inter-regional soft power: Kazakhstan and Tajikistan meet again

First, greetings from Canada and a note on the silence on the blog for the past few weeks. After a whirlwind summer taking in three continents and cramming in temporary farewells to family and friends, I have now moved to Toronto, Canada and have started my PhD in Higher Education and Comparative, International & Development Education at …

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Tajik graduates ordered to repay state scholarships

Got a degree but don't want to use your qualification working out in the middle of nowhere without your family and earning a pittance? If you're a graduate of a Tajik university and you've had funding from the state to support your studies, the ruling of a regional court this week is that if this rural employment …

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