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In: Central Asian Affairs

Internationalization transformed the way Higher Education (HE) is provided. Used correctly, internationalization can bring a useful exchange of services and resources into a country’s HE sector. Although there is a growing body of research on HE internationalization broadly, current scholarship overlooks the correlation of excessive reliance on opening of foreign university branches as a way to internationalize the HE sector and the development of the local HE system. This research thus provides the first insights into how the internationalization of HE may not necessarily solve a developing country’s problems in the local HE sector. Using the case of Uzbekistan, it argues that, in the absence of systematic reforms in the local HE system, HE reform that over-relies on the imported internationalization in the form of foreign university branches is not sustainable. Such “franchise” or “imported” internationalization does not contribute to the development of local HE system.

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Denis Sokolov

In the 2000s, Al-Qaeda, represented by the Caucasus Emirate, took over the first Chechen resistance, as well as local Islamist armed groups in Dagestan and other republics of the North Caucasus. However, a decade later, the Islamic State won the competition with Al-Qaeda, by including the involvement of women in its project. Hundreds of Russian-speaking Muslim women followed men to live by the rules of Islam. Some joined their husbands or children. Others travelled to the Islamic State in pursuit of love and romance with future husbands they had met on the internet. Based on exclusive interviews done with women detained in the Roj detention camp in the Kurdish territories in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border, this article analyzes some of the trajectories that has pushed young North Caucasian women to the Syrian war theater in the name of love.

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Dina Sharipova

This paper explores the issue of informal payments in the education sector. State underinvestment in education has significantly increased the scope of informal payments in the post-independence period. The authorities of Kazakhstan have legalized informal payments by introducing Councils of Trustees, creating open school budget accounts, and making changes in the distribution of public expenditures. Although these measures have reduced informal payments in schools, the money received from parents is still an important part of school budgets.

In: Central Asian Affairs
Die digitale Transformation führt zu umwälzenden Veränderungen in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Wie verändert sich vor diesem Hintergrund die Ausgestaltung von Solidarität in Fragen von Sozialstaatlichkeit, betrieblicher Mitbestimmung und Beteiligung?
Solidarität ist eine der entscheidenden Kategorien christlicher Sozialethik und wichtiger Grundpfeiler aller sozialstaatlichen Überlegungen sowie der sozialen Marktwirtschaft. Was bedeutet Solidarität vor dem Hintergrund der Digitalisierung im Bereich von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft? Die Reihe Sozialethik konkret greift diese vielschichtige Problematik auf und diskutiert Lösungsvorschläge zur Weiterentwicklung des Solidaritätsbegriffs und der konkreten institutionellen Ausgestaltung von Solidarität vor dem Hintergrund der Digitalisierung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.
In: Digitale Transformation und Solidarität
In: Digitale Transformation und Solidarität
In: Digitale Transformation und Solidarität
In: Digitale Transformation und Solidarität
In: Digitale Transformation und Solidarität