This July, authorities in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, subtly made it known they have no faith in the Central Asian nation’s higher education system.
That message could be inferred in several job announcements made by Dushanbe’s City Hall. In featuring job openings ranging from junior researchers to senior advisors, the announcements specified that “preference will be given to graduates of Tajik universities who received their diplomas before 1992, or to graduates of foreign universities.” Few were surprised by the announcement because it only confirmed what many knew: Tajikistan’s education system has not recovered from the post-independence civil war of 1992-1997, which encouraged many of the country’s best and brightest to emigrate.
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Asel Kalybekova is a freelance reporter based in Kyrgyzstan.