A wave of new higher education institutions for Uzbekistan

In a post in September 2018, I detailed the extensive reforms being undertaken or planned for Uzbekistan's higher education system. The reforms cover everything from legislation to recognize (and encourage the growth of) privately operated universities and institutes to new government funding streams to improve access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 2018 …

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Mapping change in former Soviet higher education systems

I recently presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference and this blog post is about my presentation called Mapping change in former Soviet higher education systems: A view from the Russophone space. I also presented with my colleague Hayfa Jafar on our new joint research on how faculty in post-conflict societies are …

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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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Does study abroad lead to democracy in former Soviet countries?

These days, there's a lot of literature out there - both in the academic and the policy worlds - on studying abroad. You can read about why students choose to go abroad for higher education, how studying abroad changes students, how states compete to recruit the best students from around the world, what this all …

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Can’t pay? Won’t pay? Russian goverment fails to pay salaries and stipends in Tajikistan

Once known as Tajikistan's most prestigious higher education institution, the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University (RTSU) in the country's capital Dushanbe, has certainly fallen from grace in recent years. Last October, I reported on a sad and disturbing story about a student at RTSU being set upon by fellow coursemates, ostensibly simply for speaking up in class. The …

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The top 10 ranking no university wants to join

Another week, another university league table? Are you getting bored of Buzzfeed-esque listicles? Are you tired of listening to yet another Vice-Chancellor/Provost tell you how well their university has performed in the latest round of classifications? Then how about this: here's a league table that I guarantee no university would want to join. I can promise you that you wouldn't …

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Central Asia: what lies ahead? (updated)

Happy new year! This is my fifth year of blogging on Central Asia, focussing on issues relating to higher education and social change. I open the year with an interesting analytical think piece from global intelligence agency Stratfor that attempts to surmise what the future might hold for the region. It's available on their website …

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