Financing higher education in Kyrgyzstan

For a small country with a population of a little over 6 million, Kyrgyzstan has an awful lot of universities - 68 at last count. For comparison, Singapore (population 5.8m) has exactly half as many and El Salvador (identical population to Kyrgyzstan) has 26 universities. As with many countries in the former Soviet space, the …

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More Russian schools for Tajikistan

A quick primer on how to say 'cat' in Russian. Easy, right? Oh, wait... Here's an interesting story on the continued growth of Russian language (and primarily Russian government funded) schools in Tajikistan. The story is (c) RFE/RL Tajikistan and author Farangis Najibullah (an excellent journalist; please check out her other work): No Shortage Of …

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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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School education in Central Asia – the four challenges for 2015

In this round up of education news from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan at the start of 2015, a number of paradoxes emerge, none of which lend themselves to quick or easy solutions. Here are the four issues that I think will be on the agenda for education in the region this year: 1. Reform needed, but at whose cost? …

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