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ERIC Number: EJ961796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Kasha and Quality in Kyrgyzstan: Donors, Diversity, and Dis-Integration in Higher Education
Merrill, Martha C.
European Education, v43 n4 p5-25 Win 2011-2012
Kyrgyzstan's relative openness to a diversity of ideas, combined with its poverty, has caused it to accept a plethora of international academic institutions and programs, often exported by the sender rather than imported at Kyrgyzstan's request. These institutions suggest a variety of visions of Kyrgyzstan's future and of the political and religious identities of its citizens. The exported programs reveal a range of "donor logics," including different ideas about what constitutes quality. The result is a system lacking in integration. It includes three-year bachelor's degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, five-year "diploms," one- and two-year master's degrees, "kandidat nauks," programs based on contact hours, programs using credit hours (some U.S.-style, some European), and universities teaching in Kyrgyz, Russian, English, and Turkish. The result is kasha--literally, porridge, with a little of this and a little of that added in, but in slang, a mess.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kyrgyzstan