Why are there no foreign universities in Tajikistan?

This is the excellent question posed by Khaidar Shodiev writing for Asia-Plus, the nearest thing Tajikistan has to an independent newspaper. Strictly speaking, the country's higher education system is not entirely devoid of international universities, with the regional University of Central Asia's campus in Khorog and three Russian branch campuses all in the capital Dushanbe. …

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Resit required: Uzbekistan university rankings declared invalid

Just weeks after the release of Uzbekistan's first national university rankings, it has emerged that the country's Ministry of Justice has demanded the rankings be annulled. This is almost unheard of: one state department publicly admonishing another. The Ministry of Justice must have serious concerns to go public with its beef against the Ministry of …

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New publication: Emerging global players: Building institutional legitimacy in universities in Estonia and Kazakhstan

Summer 2018 is turning out to be a productive time for book publishing: in July, a chapter I wrote with Professor Creso Sá on scientific nationalism and scientific globalism was published; late August saw the publication of my new chapter with Dr Merli Tamtik called: Emerging global players: Building institutional legitimacy in universities in Estonia …

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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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How to choose a university in Kazakhstan

With a plethora of institutional offerings, deciding what, where and how to study are perennial questions for prospective students around the world. Here’s what Yelena Pak of Kazakhstan’s Delovoi [Business] Kazakhstan news agency [ru] suggests you should look out for if you’re going to apply in Kazakhstan. Rankings University rankings are a hot topic in …

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Higher education in Russia and beyond

I welcome the launch of a new bulletin, Higher Education in Russia and Beyond (HERB). Published in English by Moscow-based Higher School of Economics as a supplement to International Higher Education [ru], the bulletin aims to present current Russian, Central Asian and Eastern European educational trends to the international higher education research community. Aside from boasting …

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