Global Bolognaization: Central Asian Encounters with the European Higher Education Area 
Emma Sabzalieva (York University)
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27 October, 2018 at 11:00 (UTC+0)
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Long Abstract

The Bologna Process has now spread far beyond the borders of the European Union, a process we call Global Bolognaization. This makes it critical to understand how European higher education ideas and reforms are being transferred to other settings and what impact this is having in these expanded spaces.

This roundtable focuses on the ways in which the Bologna Process is impacting the region of Central Asia. The five constituent states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have all been engaging with the Bologna Process for some time: Kazakhstan has been a full member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) since 2010; European-inspired reforms in the other Central Asian states are either ongoing or currently in the process of being implemented. Yet Central Asia is currently on the periphery of the EHEA, not just geographically but in terms of academic/practitioner research.

As such, the purpose of this roundtable is to bring the Central Asian experience of Global Bolognaization to the fore. Presentations at this roundtable will be by academics and practitioners with first-hand experience of the EHEA as it is being encountered in Central Asia. The first presenter will comparatively analyse the progress made to date by the Central Asian countries in implementing the Bologna Process from the perspective of an extremely experienced academic based within the Kazakhstani higher education system. The second presenter, both an academic and a government adviser, will focus on the problem of the accreditation of higher education institutions of Kyrgyz Republic. The third presenter will provide valuable and little heard perspectives on the implmentation of the Bologna Process from Tajikistan. The fourth presenter will discuss the impact and influence of the Bologna reforms on the faculty, students and society in Badakhshan, Tajikistan.

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