Export of Higher Education Services in Kyrgyzstan by Nurbek Jenish
Speaker: Nurbek Jenish
Date: 17 July 2012, 4 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
The paper examines the recent developments in the international higher education sector in Kyrgyzstan. It attempts to (i) provide an explanation for why the country has outperformed its Central Asian (CA) neighbors, becoming a regional leader in recruiting international students, and (ii) assess the impact of international students on the Kyrgyz economy. To this end, surveys, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews covering 100 international students from 10 different countries were conducted. The findings suggest that the main factors that led to the increasing number of foreign students in Kyrgyzstan are: the relatively low cost of education and living; the (relatively) good quality of education; soft university entry requirements; proximity to home countries of CA students; the possibility to study in different languages; and the availability of donor funded scholarships. Using survey data on foreign students’ expenditures and the Kyrgyz 2009 Input-Output tables, the contribution of international students was estimated to make up around 0.25% of GDP in 2011.
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Dr. Nurbek Jenish is a Lead Researcher of IPPA UCA for Kyrgyzstan and an Associate Professor at AUCA. He has extensive experience researching and modelling monetary and fiscal policy interactions in Central Asia and Central and Eastern European countries.
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.