Ukrainian Politicians and Fake Dissertations

A few weeks ago, Ukraine’s mass media aired the allegation that the country’s former Prime Minister and one of the leaders of Euromaidan people’s uprising, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, plagiarized significant portions of his dissertation. The allegation says that around seventy pages of Yatsenyuk’s dissertation contain material plagiarized from different sources, of which thirty nine pages are … More Ukrainian Politicians and Fake Dissertations

DOOMED TO FAIL

World Class Nazarbayev University? Doomed to Fail As the global race for world class universities is gaining pace, more and more nations want to take a shot and create at least one or two of their own. One of the Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, does more in terms of reforming its education and striving for … More DOOMED TO FAIL

Extra pay for director. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 25

What seemed to be a relatively simple budget for the project, turned out to be a confusion. The money allocated by the federal government was spent in different proportion from what it was written in the budget. I even contacted the Director of Sponsored Research, Steve Smart. He replied me with saying that: In my … More Extra pay for director. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 25

Timothy Caboni. Good boy. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 24

There were a few stories about the time that Vanderbilt faculty and RAs spent in Kazakhstan. One story was that during the time in Almaty, the project director was flanked both sides by Kazakh police officers asking him who he is and what he is doing here. It happened late at night. He said that … More Timothy Caboni. Good boy. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 24

Michael McLendon. Salary for nothing. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 23

In summer of 2002, two faculty members led by the project director landed in Kazakhstan. Those were Prof. Cabony and Prof. McLendon. They did a little bit of hiking and a presentation as well. In spring of 2003, an even larger mission was in preparation. I was working with a visa firm in DC to … More Michael McLendon. Salary for nothing. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 23

Ticket to Miami. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 22

We paid for rectors to come to Vanderbilt at the end of the project. One of them, from Kainar, requested that we book his flight with a stopover in Miami. He wanted to spend a few days in Miami. He also named a female who will accompany him to the US. When we received this … More Ticket to Miami. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 22

Final report. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 21

By the end of the project, the budget became so messy that no one even wanted to write the report. The report at the end of each year was supposed to include the project budget and the real budget. First and second year reports were sent to the US Department of State. I did not … More Final report. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 21

Can autocracies cope with international universities?

Autocrats dislike independent, internationally oriented, autonomous universities free of corruption and hence they attack them. In order to add the appearance of legitimacy to their purely political actions, autocratic regimes use the legal field to advance their goals. That is why their favourite tools are the legislature and courts. This might be the case with … More Can autocracies cope with international universities?

Bring your swimsuit. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 20

It is interesting that none of American TAs/RAs involved in the project in different capacities at different times reported any misconduct, while at the same time making it clear that they do not like the way the project is done. One said that it is corrupt. Another said that it is waste of money. And … More Bring your swimsuit. Kazakhstan Project, US Department of State, Vanderbilt University, part 20

The Attack on Independent Universities

Autocrats dislike independent, internationally-oriented, autonomous universities free of corruption and hence, they attack them. In order to add the appearance of legitimacy to purely political actions, autocratic regimes use the law to advance their goals. That is why their favorite strategy is to work through the legislature and courts. This seems to be the case … More The Attack on Independent Universities