Kazakhstan: Higher education on hold at home, students stranded abroad

Protests in Kazakhstan have put higher education in the country on hold and the start of term postponed, while many students remain stranded abroad. My Kazakhstan-based colleague Dana Abdrasheva and I wrote about the latest situation and the implications for higher education for University World News. Here's a reprint of the article that was published on …

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Starting from the top: Steps towards autonomy in Uzbekistan’s universities

One last reform to Uzbekistan's higher education system rounds out another busy year of change in that country. New rules are coming in that will allow certain universities greater autonomy over who they choose to lead them and will also create a new supervisory board structure similar to a governing body. From plans to create …

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Политика в сфере высшего образования в Центральной Азии и Афганистане

Мой отчет о политике в сфере высшего образования в Центральной Азии и Афганистане теперь доступен на русском языке. Его можно найти на сайте Университета Центральной Азии (заказчик проекта) илл скачать здесь. Огромное спасибо УЦА за перевод! If you prefer it in English, you can find my report on higher education policy in Central Asia and …

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Higher education policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan – new report published (open access)

What are the challenges and opportunities in higher education in Central Asia and Afghanistan? What kind of government policies can introduce innovation? How can science and technology capacity be promoted? For more on these important questions and some ideas about further developing science, technology and innovation in Central Asia and Afghanistan, please take a look …

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Corruption finally on the wane in Kazakhkstan?

The votes have been counted and the results are in and... well, it turns out that Kazakhstan's higher education is not as corrupt as you might have thought. According to a report in Arna Press [ru], students in East Kazakhstan were generally pretty satisfied with their ability to progress through higher education without resorting to …

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Call for proposals: Beyond Competition? The Future Geopolitics of Knowledge (Panel to be held at ECPR 2019)

Below is a call for paper proposals to join a panel I am co-organizing that has been selected for inclusion at the 2019 General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Researchers. Please share this call with your contacts and consider sending us your abstract by January 10th! A pdf version of the proposal is …

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New(ish) publication: The politics of the great brain race

I realized I didn't blog about a recently published article I co-authored with Prof Creso Sá, my supervisor at the University of Toronto. How remiss of me! (?!) So, let me tell you about our article, The politics of the great brain race: Public policy and international student recruitment in Australia, Canada, England and the USA, …

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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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Watch the webinar on higher education transformations in Eurasia

If you missed the webinar on higher education transformations in Eurasia that I participated in recently, fear not! The webinar is now available online and you can enjoy it (again, and again) at your leisure. Please go to https://fccdl.in/Hq5jfVQxo to watch the webinar. First to present is Dariya Platonova of the Higher School of Economics National Research …

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