Peculiarities and Paradoxes of Neoliberal Higher Education in Kazakhstan
Keywords:higher education, Kazakhstan, neoliberalism, paradox, policy analysis
This article discusses the expression of neoliberalism in Kazakhstan’s emerging higher education system. The central tenets of neoliberalism are briefly articulated. Noted is the phenomenon that the general political-economic paradigm of neoliberalism differs in its specific implementation depending on the particular countries and cultures in which it is manifesting. In Kazakhstan, neoliberalism’s expression in the former Soviet Republic’s emerging higher education system presents five paradoxes: (a) nationalistic globalism, (b) regulated non-regulation, (c) giving as a means to getting, (d) communal individualism, and (e) developmental demise. This article explores each of these five paradoxes.
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