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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DIY budgeting: The self-financing experiment in Uzbekistan’s universities begins

Further to my December 2019 post, An Uzbek experiment, the new do-it-yourself funding model for 10 of the country's higher education institutions (HEIs) has now come into force. All 10 will be under the watchful eye of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education to ensure that prices don't jump too high, too fast …

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An Uzbek experiment: Self-financing for universities

Hot on the heels of being awarded The Economist's 'Most Improved Nation' in 2019 and just ahead of parliamentary elections that may pave the way for future steps towards political openness, the government of Uzbekistan is not resting on its laurels. Uzbek HEIs demand to be given all the bills In early December it was …

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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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Uzbekistan: A breathtaking shift from autocracy to an open HE system

My latest piece for University World News, a global online publication for anyone with a passing interest in higher education, was published on October 19. I wanted to bring UWN's readership up to date with recent developments in Uzbekistan, which have been taking place at breakneck speed over the past couple of years. Please find …

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Conceptualizing major change in higher education

In my research on former Soviet higher education systems, the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 continues to feature prominently as a starting point for some of the subsequent shifts that have occurred in higher education (and in society at large). More recent changes such as the introduction of principles of the European Union's …

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“We have kept our traditions” – Why not everything has changed in higher education – Seminar, Feb 22, online access

After an event as momentous as the fall of the Soviet Union, it would be natural to expect significant changes as a result, whether that be at the macro-level of new states being created to the micro-level of people being forced to change profession in order to earn enough money to keep their families going …

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Politics is back (on the curriculum) in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan watchers must be exhausted with the near-constant flow of news about reforms in the country, but as the reforms appear to be supporting people in the country to live better and happier lives, this is a fatigue worth accepting. I've written a summary of the reforms that are affecting higher education and about a wave …

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