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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Financing higher education in Kyrgyzstan

For a small country with a population of a little over 6 million, Kyrgyzstan has an awful lot of universities - 68 at last count. For comparison, Singapore (population 5.8m) has exactly half as many and El Salvador (identical population to Kyrgyzstan) has 26 universities. As with many countries in the former Soviet space, the …

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Lift off! Kyrgyz Space Program launches its next phase

The all-female team at Kyrgyz Space Program had the idea first! As some of you know, I am an enthusiastic supporter of a brilliant initiative for girls and young women in Kyrgyzstan called the Kyrgyz Space Program. The Kyrgyz Space Program is aiming high: specifically, into space. They plan to build and launch Kyrgyzstan's first …

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International students on the rise in Kazakhstan

In 2019, over 25,000 international students chose to study abroad in Kazakhstan. This figure is up from 16,000 last year, an impressive year-on-year increase of 64%. According to the Ministry of Education and Science, most international students come from India, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. The Ministry believes that one reason for the growth is …

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Keeping the classroom secular in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has called on citizens to ensure that education in the country remains secular, citing the constitutional principle of compulsory basic education. At present, Kyrgyzstan has over 110 religious institutions - mostly medressas and Islamic colleges plus one Islamic university, but there are also 13 recorded Christian schools. This is a tiny …

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Recommended article – “Educational research in Central Asia: methodological and ethical dilemmas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” by Dilrabo Jonbekova

Published in well rated peer-reviewed journal Compare, Dilrabo Jonbekova's 2018 article examines the challenges and opportunities open to researchers of Central Asia, studying both 'insider' and 'outsider' researcher perspectives (and the blurring of the lines between these two groups). Jonbekova, a faculty member at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, is well placed for a study like this, …

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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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International students in Kyrgyzstan

A great infographic published by Russian media agency Sputnik offers a visual breakdown of Kyrgyzstan's 20,000 international students. I've reproduced the infographic below but it is Sputnik's and the original post can be found here. For non-Russian readers, here's a summary: Kyrgyzstan's educational 'market' is specific to its geographic and linguistic neighbours India is by …

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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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