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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International students in Kyrgyzstan

A great infographic published by Russian media agency Sputnik offers a visual breakdown of Kyrgyzstan's 20,000 international students. I've reproduced the infographic below but it is Sputnik's and the original post can be found here. For non-Russian readers, here's a summary: Kyrgyzstan's educational 'market' is specific to its geographic and linguistic neighbours India is by …

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Higher education reforms in Uzbekistan

In an interview with Gazeta.uz [ru] published on 18 September, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov offers some insights into higher education reforms in the country. The list is impressively long, indicative of broader reform trends taking place across government and in society as a whole. In higher education, I've already flagged Uzbekistan's growing interest in …

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Planning ahead in Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Education in Kazakhstan is about to launch a new savings plan to help parents save towards the cost of their children's higher education. After an initial deposit, subsequent instalments can be variable both in amount and frequency. On top of the bank's interest rate, the government has committed to add in 5-7% …

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