New Education Minister for Kazakhstan

Following Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's recent firing of his entire cabinet (well, they resigned en masse, but under considerable pressure from the top to do so), a new Minister of Education and Science has been appointed. Replacing Yerlan Sagadiyev at the helm of Kazakhstan's constantly reforming education system is Kulyash Nogataevna Shamshidinova [ru]. An educator …

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Kazakh universities to go it alone: the end of the state-issued diploma in Kazakhstan

In yet another move to distance itself from its communist past, the Kazakh Minister for Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev recently announced [ru] that the era of state-issued diplomas (degree certificates) would soon be coming to an end. Announced in parliament when everyone else was distracted (bored to tears?) by the recent Kazakhstani national elections, the announcement means that from …

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