Education Politics & Policy

  • Romania: Poor Marks for Bologna

    Romania: Poor Marks for Bologna

    CLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania | A week before being scheduled to defend her thesis and earn her bachelor’s degree in French and Hebrew, Anda Stefanescu has other more pressing things to worry about. […]

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  • Armenia: Not Quite Ready

    Armenia: Not Quite Ready

    YEREVAN, Armenia | Lusine Khojayan is usually so tired after coming home from work, she has little energy to play with her three children. Khojayan is an elementary school teacher […]

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  • Kyrgyzstan: Tongue-tied Schools

    Kyrgyzstan: Tongue-tied Schools

    OSH, Kyrgyzstan | The exodus of native Russian speakers out of Kyrgyzstan shows no signs of slowing.

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  • Uzbekistan: Do You Speak Russian?

    Uzbekistan: Do You Speak Russian?

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan | I had a misunderstanding over an Internet card I was trying to buy from a young merchant in one of Tashkent’s stores not far from the Russian […]

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  • Croatia: Street Smart

    Croatia: Street Smart

    ZAGREB | Thousands of Croatian students who took to the streets this month to protest a new university admissions test and reforms in higher education, complaining that schools and universities […]

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  • Kyrgyz schoolboy. Photo by Ben Paarmann. Creative Commons licensed.

    Kyrgyzstan: Still Waiting

    Osh, KYRGYZSTAN | Looking back on the tumultuous events of March 2005, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev once said that the Kyrgyz nation was “put on the edge of losing its […]

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  • Azerbaijan: Failing Grade

    Azerbaijan: Failing Grade

    BAKU, Azerbaijan | Many students in Azerbaijan now sit in modernized or brand new classrooms equipped with dramatically increased access to information technology, at a cost of millions of dollars […]

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  • Romania: Change for Change’s Sake?

    Romania: Change for Change’s Sake?

    Bucharest, ROMANIA | Thirteen-year-old Ionut Sim may well be one of the first generation of Romanian students to finish middle school after grade nine instead of grade eight. He would […]

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  • Students at the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics and other prestigious foreign university branches in Tashkent say they can’t get away with skipping class and paying teachers for good grades. Photo: Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics in Tashkent.

    Uzbekistan: From Russia, With Luck

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan | Anya entered the Tashkent branch of an expensive Russian economics university rather than one of Uzbekistan’s public universities, gambling that her choice would lead to a good […]

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  • Uzbekistan: The Philosopher-King

    Uzbekistan: The Philosopher-King

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan | Here is a pop quiz: Who is the prolific author of the 15 volumes of books and speeches that are required reading for Uzbek students in a […]

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