International Women’s Day: Celebrating female success, still marching for progress

If cats did celebrations... PS Women: you don't need a cat to be successful. But you knew that already. 8th March saw the annual marking of International Women's Day (IWD), which is a formal opportunity to celebrate female success on the one hand, but also a time to lament the continued global persistence of male-dominated …

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Supporting female students in Tajikistan

Female students in Tajikistan are to get a boost from the new Intellect centre at Khorog State University. Opened with a US$40k grant from the World Bank/Ministry of Education, the centre aims to support women's learning by improving their living and studying conditions as well as their academic preparation. Female students from all regions of Tajikistan living …

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#scienceiamdoing – Kazakh women tell all about research and life abroad

Over on Kazakh social media, something rather brilliant is happening. At the end of March, a new Yvision (a trilingual Kazakh blogging platform) blog was set up to support an Instagram account that's already been in operation for several months. The aim of the blog and Instagram accounts are to promote a very exciting project: #KZPHDGIRLSUNION The …

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University admissions in Tajikistan: Who wants to be an engineer?

It’s university admissions season in Tajikistan and as a record number of school leavers sit the nationwide university entrance exams, ever-reliable news outlet Asia-Plus took a look at the prospects for the class of 2021. This unified nationwide testing system was introduced in 2013 as part of a project funded by the World Bank and …

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Women in higher education in Central Asia

Did you know that as far back as the 1970s - an era when most of Europe and North America was only just waking up to the idea of mass higher education - that more women than men were enrolled in universities in the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan? And did you also know that these impressively …

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