On the slow progress on women’s rights in Uzbekistan

With the opening up of Uzbekistan under President Mirziyoyev, I have been able to expand my blog's coverage beyond my traditional territories of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The dominant narratives for higher education in Uzbekistan over the past couple of years have been the dizzying speed of reforms and the massive drive to internationalize the …

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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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A wave of new higher education institutions for Uzbekistan

In a post in September 2018, I detailed the extensive reforms being undertaken or planned for Uzbekistan's higher education system. The reforms cover everything from legislation to recognize (and encourage the growth of) privately operated universities and institutes to new government funding streams to improve access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 2018 …

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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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Higher education reforms in Uzbekistan

In an interview with Gazeta.uz [ru] published on 18 September, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov offers some insights into higher education reforms in the country. The list is impressively long, indicative of broader reform trends taking place across government and in society as a whole. In higher education, I've already flagged Uzbekistan's growing interest in …

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Uzbek-Tajik higher education relations are warming up

The honeymoon period of Uzbekistan's now not-so-new President Mirziyoyev just keeps on going. Even hardened critics of what was once a solidly authoritarian regime in Uzbekistan are having to admit that the reform-driven new leader, who took the reins after the death of longstanding President Karimov following his death in December 2016, may be serious …

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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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Uzbek university leader makes fresh appeal for civil rights to be restored after fighting unjust dismissal for over a decade

Imagine you were unjustly accused of massive corruption and fired from your job. It's an indignity. But then imagine that you've been fighting for well over a decade in no fewer than 14 courts to clear your name, each time with an unsatisfactory ending - or simply no real conclusion at all. During that time, …

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A new era of international relations for Uzbek higher education

In a series of moves that have been tentatively welcomed by Central Asia-watchers, Uzbekistan has been enjoying a resurgence of international support under the presidency of Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Mirziyoyev's highest profile international visit so far was a trip this week to the United States. Covered in good detail by English language outlets including the latest …

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Call for papers – “Global Bolognaization”: Central Asian Encounters with the European Higher Education Area

Are you a Central Asia based academic or practitioner with direct experience of the Bologna Process/European Higher Education Area? If so, we want to hear from you! I am co-Chair of a proposal for a roundtable at the European Consortium of Political Researchers (ECPR) General Conference, which will be held in August 2018 in Hamburg, …

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