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Majlis Podcast: Uzbekistan Wants To Bring Its Students Home. Do They Have A Choice?


Many Uzbek students study in Tajikistan.

Authorities in Uzbekistan are calling on all the country’s students studying in neighboring Central Asian states to come back and continue their studies at schools in their homeland.

Officially it is an invitation, but some are not so sure they have a choice.

In any case, it certainly created a frenzy of activity at universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan as Uzbek students scrambled to obtain the required documents and transcripts -- and faculty pondered the sudden loss of thousands from their student bodies.

RFE/RL's Media-Relations Manager Muhammad Tahir moderated a discussion on this midterm mayhem and what might be the reasons for it.

For this topic, we had Alisher Sidikov, the director of RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, known locally as Ozodlik, and Torokul Doorov, director of RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service, known locally as Azattyq. And I, of course, joined the discussion.

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About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change.

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Content draws on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad.

The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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