Accepted paper:

Ellen Hurwitz - panellist


Ellen Hurwitz (AUCA Foundation)

Paper abstract:

Higher education in Central Asia has experienced significant policy changes over the last two decades and a half. While many institutions may have begun their journeys in the Soviet system, the experiences of both old and new universities in post-Soviet years vary significantly both within and between the countries in the region. Existing research shows the impact of higher education in Central Asia on domestic careers (Ahn et al., 2018; Clement, 2018; Clement and Kataeva, 2018; DeYoung, 2011; DeYoung et al., 2018; Jonbekova, 2015; Merrill, 2012 & 2013; Ruziev and Burkhanov, 2018). However, evidence is lacking on how institutions of higher education in Central Asia can serve as a platform for students' careers internationally, within the region and beyond. Moreover, there are resources, both domestically and from abroad, that aid various universities in Central Asia to open the doors to international careers in a more effective and equitable manner. The roundtable participants will discuss the challenges and successes of Central Asian Universities in preparing the current generation of graduates to succeed globally. A discussion covers the perspectives of government officials, university administrators, and researchers.

panel EDU-01
Roundtable: Higher Education in Central Asia as an Engine for Careers Internationally: Challenges and Successes