An Uzbek experiment: Self-financing for universities

Hot on the heels of being awarded The Economist's 'Most Improved Nation' in 2019 and just ahead of parliamentary elections that may pave the way for future steps towards political openness, the government of Uzbekistan is not resting on its laurels. Uzbek HEIs demand to be given all the bills In early December it was …

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Tashkent’s ‘most corrupt university’ has a new boss

Several weeks after news broke that the head of Tashkent's 'most corrupt university' had been fired, a new appointee has taken up the mantle. Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL)'s Rector Yesemurat Kanyazov was fired not just from his university leadership position but also from his other job as Deputy Minister of Justice. The official …

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Head of Tashkent’s ‘most corrupt university’ fired

Catching up on recent higher ed news, here's a story from Uzbekistan that speaks both to the ongoing wave of education policy reforms in that country as well as to the persistence of corrupt practices in higher education. At the end of August 2019, the Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL) Yesemurat …

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Students in charge of universities and other quirks of Kazakh higher education history

Did you know that Kazakhstan's first university was opened in Tashkent - in today's Uzbekistan? Or that the its first Rector (Vice-Chancellor) was a final year student? Or that throughout the Soviet period, there was only ever one university in Kazakhstan's capital? All these fun (yes, they are fun!) facts and more can be found in a …

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