Students in charge of universities and other quirks of Kazakh higher education history

Did you know that Kazakhstan's first university was opened in Tashkent - in today's Uzbekistan? Or that the its first Rector (Vice-Chancellor) was a final year student? Or that throughout the Soviet period, there was only ever one university in Kazakhstan's capital? All these fun (yes, they are fun!) facts and more can be found in a …

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Bedbugs and overcrowding in Kazakh uni dorms

After recent reports of unsanitary and unsafe living conditions at a Kazakh university in the western city of Atyrau comes a new report of questionable accommodation standards - but this time at the country's oldest (and one of its most prestigious) universities, Abay Kazakh Pedagogical University [ru]. Complaints have been made about the irregular supply of water, overcrowded dorm rooms …

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