Politics is back (on the curriculum) in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan watchers must be exhausted with the near-constant flow of news about reforms in the country, but as the reforms appear to be supporting people in the country to live better and happier lives, this is a fatigue worth accepting. I've written a summary of the reforms that are affecting higher education and about a wave …

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Empowering girls through education in Tajikistan

Happy new year! I hope that 2019 will bring you health and happiness, and I hope that the world becomes a slightly more sensible place this year (I can hope, right?). Kicking off the year is a wonderful story about an inspiring teacher in rural Tajikistan who over the course of many years has shown …

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Uzbekistan releases first university ranking

Five years after the government resolved to introduce a national university ranking, Uzbekistan's first domestic higher education league table was announced in July 2018 [ru]. 23 indicators were used to assess state-funded universities and institutes. These covered students' learning outcomes, curriculum quality, faculty composition, research activity and classroom and ICT resources. All 57 public higher education …

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A monument for all seasons: honouring teachers in Kazakhstan

There is something very Soviet/Central Asian about putting up monuments, and it's definitely a fashionable thing to do at the moment (recent achievements include the world's tallest flagpole in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan has the world record for the largest Ferris wheel). Today I can report that Kazakhstan is planning to build the country's first monument 'dedicated to …

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