Going, going, gone: Kazakhstan’s Innovation University is shut down

A swathe of regulations, rankings, mergers, acquistions, and threats of closure for poor quality universities typify the Kazakh government's drive in recent years to increase and assure quality in its higher education system. The latest target of the quality movement is Innovation University, which had its operating licence removed in late January 2020 after two …

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You’re fired: 10 university heads lose their jobs in Uzbekistan

There was no love lost this Valentine's Day as ten university leaders in Uzbekistan were fired It was not an auspicious Valentine's day for ten of Uzbekistan's university leaders this year, with several newspapers running a story with the tantalizing title '10 university Rectors lose their jobs in one day' on February 14. If previous …

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Getting around the law to get in to university in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Central Asian faculty and friends I know are fond of observing that higher education in the region is not as good as it used to be, and/or is facing a 'crisis' because of a lack of quality, corruption, outflow of good teachers and so on. All of these points are valid. Yet at the same …

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More changes at the top of Uzbekistan’s universities

Following the firing of the Rector of Tashkent's 'most corrupt university' in August 2019, another university leader has been shown the door. Rector Bahodyr Khodiev of Tashkent State University of Economics (TSUE) was suspended in November 2019 on the grounds of corruption. Details of Khodiev's alleged activities have not been made public, but this very …

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Tashkent’s ‘most corrupt university’ has a new boss

Several weeks after news broke that the head of Tashkent's 'most corrupt university' had been fired, a new appointee has taken up the mantle. Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL)'s Rector Yesemurat Kanyazov was fired not just from his university leadership position but also from his other job as Deputy Minister of Justice. The official …

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Head of Tashkent’s ‘most corrupt university’ fired

Catching up on recent higher ed news, here's a story from Uzbekistan that speaks both to the ongoing wave of education policy reforms in that country as well as to the persistence of corrupt practices in higher education. At the end of August 2019, the Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL) Yesemurat …

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Corruption finally on the wane in Kazakhkstan?

The votes have been counted and the results are in and... well, it turns out that Kazakhstan's higher education is not as corrupt as you might have thought. According to a report in Arna Press [ru], students in East Kazakhstan were generally pretty satisfied with their ability to progress through higher education without resorting to …

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Kazakh medical students expelled for doctoring documents

Just when you think the cool-headed forward-looking Kazakh government has higher education under control, another scandal erupts and throws things off kilter. On April 24, a report emerged that the Astana Medical University had been forced to expel over 100 of its students [ru] for doctoring their language test documentation. All (post)graduate students studying medicine/allied subjects …

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