Youth unemployment in Kazakhstan

The blog is back for another year! 2020 represents my ninth year of blogging on education, society and politics in Central Asia. Over the lifetime of the blog, I've posted almost 300 stories that have been viewed over 50,000 times and earned nearly 1,500 subscribers. Thanks to everyone who reads the blog, whether occasionally or …

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University admissions in Tajikistan: Who wants to be an engineer?

It’s university admissions season in Tajikistan and as a record number of school leavers sit the nationwide university entrance exams, ever-reliable news outlet Asia-Plus took a look at the prospects for the class of 2021. This unified nationwide testing system was introduced in 2013 as part of a project funded by the World Bank and …

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Tajik graduates ordered to repay state scholarships

Got a degree but don't want to use your qualification working out in the middle of nowhere without your family and earning a pittance? If you're a graduate of a Tajik university and you've had funding from the state to support your studies, the ruling of a regional court this week is that if this rural employment …

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