Empowering girls through education in Tajikistan

Happy new year! I hope that 2019 will bring you health and happiness, and I hope that the world becomes a slightly more sensible place this year (I can hope, right?). Kicking off the year is a wonderful story about an inspiring teacher in rural Tajikistan who over the course of many years has shown …

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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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Want a PhD in Tajikistan? Then learn English or Russian

The sages at the Ministry of Education in Tajikistan have decided that PhD candidates in the country should defend their theses in Russian or English [ru]. No official justification has been given for this November 8 announcement by Minister of Education Nuriddin Said. The only exception would be for theses relating to ethnic and national issues, …

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – Kyrgyzstan shapes its online presence

This is an interesting story from reliable Kyrgyz news agency 24.kg on how the state is employing its expertise to create an alternative space in the Western dominated internet. Ostensibly a factual account of the Ministry of Education's input into developing Kyrgyz language information on Wikipedia and Google Translate, it could equally be argued that this has deeper implication for the …

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