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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Seminar // March 2, 2018 // Toronto // Education at the roof of the world: The story of the University of Central Asia

If you're in Toronto on Friday March 2 between 11am-12.30pm, please consider coming to a seminar organized by my department and the Munk School of Global Affairs in which Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Asia, will talk about this innovative, new, multi-country university. Details in the …

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The ironic fate of Soviet nostalgia

If you're feeling nostalgic for the Soviet Union, for the days of free education, jobs for life, and street names that were the same in every city, then it seems you're not alone. Sputnik News today reports the results of a poll of over 12,000 people across 11 countries of the former Soviet Union who were asked whether …

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Kyrgyz MBA graduates aim to motivate and inspire others

So, you're one of the very few Kyrgyzstanis to have completed an MBA at a top American business school. What are you going to do about it? Judging by the two graduates interviewed by Radio Liberty's Kyrgyz arm, Radio Azattyk, the answer is simple: share what you've learnt and try and inspire your compatriots to go and do …

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Kazakhstan distances itself from Soviet past

Here's a beautiful photo reportage on the gradual disappearance of large-scale Soviet-era frescos and mosaics that used to be commonplace on the walls of buildings all over the Soviet Union. Entitled 'The walls are crying', the article recognises that the façades of public buildings were very consciously used in Soviet times as a way of …

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A growing protest culture in Kyrgyzstan?

Linking closely to my most recent post about an article on growing social gaps in Kazakhstan, I read an article today about protest culture in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. As with the Kazakh story, whilst this BBC article does not directly link to higher education, there are definitely possibilities for interaction. This gives rise to some questions. …

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University of Central Asia public lecture on education and identity among Pamiri youth – 22 August, Bishkek

This lecture looks really interesting. I can't attend (being in Oxford, not Bishkek at the moment!) but if any readers go, I'd love to hear your comments. Here is the info from University of Central Asia's website: http://www.ucentralasia.org/news.asp?Nid=384 Education, Identity and Resilience among Gorno-Badakhshan Pamiri Youth by Carole Faucher Speaker:  Carole Faucher Date: 22 August …

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Modern day Kazakhs: young, uncertain and ‘lazy’?

Tengri News today reports on a study in which a group of experts have tried to come up with an illustration of the modern day Kazakh. The group make some interesting assertions, focussing on young people in their depictions. Here's the article reposted in full: Psychologists, economists and financial experts have attempted to create a …

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