Test time for Kyrgyz secondary school students

Like a growing number of countries worldwide, Kyrgyzstan offers standardised testing to determine entry into higher education. The tests, commonly called by their abbreviation ОРТ (Общереспубликанское тестирование or ORT, Republic-wide Testing) were introduced in in 2002, a first for Central Asian countries. Another stand-out fact is that the ORT is run by a non-governmental organisation, the Centre …

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The student experience – Kyrgyz students in Russia (repost)

This is a repost of a Eurasia Net article; the original article can be found at http://www.eurasianet.org/node/66205 Kyrgyzstan: Central Asian Students in Russia Find Friendship and Bigotry In mid-2010, when 20-year-old Sultan Temirzhan uulu left Kyrgyzstan to attend university in St. Petersburg, he was unprepared for the big city noise and the White Nights of summer. …

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Youth and Public Policy in Kyrgyzstan

A report has been published [en] [ru] today which for the first time attempts to undertake an audit of the relationship between young people and public policy in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. Whilst I haven't been able to read it in full, it looks like a sincere and thorough attempt to map the landscape, highlight weaknesses (many, …

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Kyrgyz students try to live on $100 a month – Washington Times

Kyrgyz students try to live on $100 a month - Washington Times. Re-post from Washington Times By T. Umaraliev - Special to The Washington Times BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Kyrgyzstan’s online forums have buzzed with angry discussions about Economics Minister Akylbek Japarov since he told parliament in April that $100 is enough to live on for a month. Now three university students …

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Kyrgyzstan Trying to Systematize University Admissions, Curbing Corruption (repost from Eurasia.net)

This is a reposting from Eurasia.net - original article at http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65464. Inna Valkova is accustomed to the prying government officials and tax inspectors sent to investigate her operations. “Look at my office,” she tells them when they arrive, gesturing to the boxes of instruction sheets and rulebooks stacked around the small room. “Does it look like …

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Well-being in Central Asia conference

Guten tag aus Berlin! I'm here for a conference hosted by the German Institute for Economic Research, joining 14 other researchers who are presenting on various subjects related to well-being in Central Asia. The first day of the conference was hosted yesterday at Humboldt University in central Berlin. As an aside, it’s hugely exciting for a …

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Former President calls for higher education reform in Kyrgyzstan

Another re-posting, this time from Central Asia Online (http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/newsbriefs/2012/05/01/newsbrief-04). If anyone out there knows Kyrgyz and would be prepared to summarise the interview for me, please get in touch! (The Russian version is the same as the English one). Otunbayeva calls for higher education reform Staff Report 2012-05-01 BISHKEK – Former Kyrgyz president Roza Otunbayeva …

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20 years on: human rights in the post-Soviet countries

I'd like to recommend a great article I've just read, The Soviet Fall and the Arab Spring. By an experienced human rights researcher, the article provides six ideas "about what has to happen after the revolution to make change stick". The six ideas are: 1. There is nothing inevitable about transitions to democracy 2. Guard …

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Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

This week, four stories that at first glance appear quite different... The UK's Telegraph has featured a number of articles on Central Asia recently, and  the report I'd like to bring to your attention now is about the opening of a new British Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. This is, as the newspaper notes, 'despite budget cutbacks'. …

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