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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New publication: Who are Tajikistan’s international students?

Who leaves Tajikistan to study abroad, and why? Where do these students go, and what do they study? What are their post-study destinations? These are some of the questions I address in my new essay on Tajikistan's international students, out today in Higher Education in Russia & Beyond (HERB). You can find out more about the survey on …

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The power of education: A journey from the mountains of Khorog, Tajikistan, to a world stage

Muslima Niyozmamadova, a high school student from Tajikistan studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, is a powerful and uplifting example of how one person's journey in life can drive them to seek change and how education can provide the tools to make that change. Niyozmamadova has made two big moves already in her short years, firstly …

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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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The benefits of the ‘near abroad’ – educational exchange in former Soviet states

The 'near abroad' is a Russian conception, describing countries that used to be part of or have close ties to the Soviet Union, as distinguished from the 'far abroad' countries that we might otherwise call 'the rest of the world'. Although Russian language usage is diminishing in Central Asian states, in part owing to state-building government tendencies …

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Study abroad – what happens next?

Kazakh newspaper The Astana Times has this week published a story featuring three Bolashak scholarship holders to understand what happens once they return to Kazakhstan. The Bolashak Scholarships are the Kazakh government's flagship scholarship programme, and have sent over 10,000 students abroad to study at top universities around the world. Although a condition of the scholarship is that …

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Malaysian university to open in Tajikistan

Malaysian Limkokwing University has committed to opening a campus in Tajikistan, a not unexpected move by this ambitious and globally facing technical/creative university, which I first investigated in 2011. The announcement was made during President Rahmon's visit to Malaysia earlier this week. In the press release on the President's website [ru], it is noted that there are 'only' around 40 …

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Studying abroad: no longer just a dream?

Here's a transcription (though not a literal translation) of a very informative 8 minute video from Radio Ozodi [ru]. It shows a growing interest in studying abroad, but the programme has a clear moral drive behind its interesting content - see the last paragraph. Makes me wonder if the Kazakh government didn't inspire the piece: the …

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More on Tajikistan’s education deficit

It seems that everyone wants to get in on the game of identifying deficits in Tajikistan. This time it's the turn of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, in an audio report published [ru] [tj] at http://iwpr.net/report-news/tajikistans-education-deficit. I couldn't access either audio stream but the text below [en] (is it a transcript?) is reproduced below. …

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International students, international communities

I recently started a new job as Registrar at St Antony's College, which is part of the University of Oxford. Each student at the University is a member of a College, and the College provides residential, pastoral and social facilities as well as providing teaching (for undergraduate students) and a base for researchers, seminars, conferences …

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