ERIC Number: EJ961796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
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.
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Poverty, International Education, International Cooperation, Educational Policy, Futures (of Society), Religion, Self Concept, Bachelors Degrees, College Credits, Language of Instruction, Russian, Turkish, English (Second Language), Turkic Languages, Administrative Organization, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kyrgyzstan