Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19 – Interview with The Diplomat

I recently teamed up with Vasila Bozichaeva, higher education researcher and PhD candidate at the Academy of Sciences in Tajikistan to do an interview with The Diplomat on education in Central Asia. Our interview responses were furr-ific In the interview, we cover everything from the idea of a university in Soviet times to how Tajikistan's …

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating female success, still marching for progress

If cats did celebrations... PS Women: you don't need a cat to be successful. But you knew that already. 8th March saw the annual marking of International Women's Day (IWD), which is a formal opportunity to celebrate female success on the one hand, but also a time to lament the continued global persistence of male-dominated …

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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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Women in higher education in Central Asia

Did you know that as far back as the 1970s - an era when most of Europe and North America was only just waking up to the idea of mass higher education - that more women than men were enrolled in universities in the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan? And did you also know that these impressively …

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