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Turkmenistan Eases Conditions For Graduates Abroad

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Turkmenistan's president has ordered to start recognizing foreign educational qualifications, indicating a reversal of a policy that barred graduates of international universities getting state jobs.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov told a government meeting on March 18 that foreign-educated graduates are needed to carry out ambitious reform programs.

Turkmenistan has for several years sought to prevent it citizens from studying abroad.

Critics say the policy has left state bodies desperately lacking adequately qualified personnel.

compiled from agency reports