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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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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A summer of learning: Fieldwork, conferences, and more in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

It's been rather quiet on the blog of late. Don't worry - I haven't run out of ideas to keep the blog going. On the contrary, I probably now have too many. I also have a LOT of new photos of universities to add to my photo gallery (see the bottom right part of the …

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Central Asia’s first universities

As Tajikistan's oldest university celebrates its 70th birthday [ru], I thought (as probably only I would) that this would be an excellent opportunity to reflect back on the development of universities in Central Asia in the early to mid 20th century. Prior to the 20th century, universities did not exist in Central Asia. That perhaps surprising fact …

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Holiday viewing: Universities in Soviet Kazakhstan

Every now and again, I treat you (well, really this is as much for my own benefit) to a visual offering on this blog. In previous years, we've had early Soviet era Central Asia posters, a tour of Bishkek's universities and a selection of Christmas trees for the Tajik school and university students who were banned from …

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