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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Controlling Central Asian “terrorism” and “religious extremism”

Earlier this week, Central Asia had a rare but inglorious moment in the news headlines after an Uzbek born man was found to be behind an attempt at a “terror” attack in New York City. For those unfamiliar with the region or with the complexities of global religious extremism, this event was quickly reduced to …

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Does study abroad lead to democracy in former Soviet countries?

These days, there's a lot of literature out there - both in the academic and the policy worlds - on studying abroad. You can read about why students choose to go abroad for higher education, how studying abroad changes students, how states compete to recruit the best students from around the world, what this all …

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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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