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25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries

Reform and Continuity

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides the first ever in-depth study on the transformation of higher education institutions in post-Soviet countries

  • Explores national higher education systems from all fifteen former USSR countries

  • Investigates how the single Soviet model evolved into the diverse range of national education systems

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education (PSGHE)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Common Legacy: Evolution of the Institutional Landscape of Soviet Higher Education

    • Isak Froumin, Yaroslav Kouzminov
    Pages 45-72Open Access
  3. Belarus: Higher Education Dynamics and Institutional Landscape

    • Olga Gille-Belova, Larissa Titarenko
    Pages 123-147Open Access
  4. Georgia: Higher Education System Dynamics and Institutional Diversity

    • Lela Chakhaia, Tamar Bregvadze
    Pages 175-197Open Access
  5. Latvia: A Historical Analysis of Transformation and Diversification of the Higher Education System

    • Ali Ait Si Mhamed, Zane Vārpiņa, Indra Dedze, Rita Kaša
    Pages 259-283Open Access
  6. Lithuanian Higher Education: Between Path Dependence and Change

    • Liudvika Leišytė, Anna-Lena Rose, Elena Schimmelpfennig
    Pages 285-310Open Access
  7. Russia: The Institutional Landscape of Russian Higher Education

    • Daria Platonova, Dmitry Semyonov
    Pages 337-362Open Access
  8. Higher Education in Tajikistan: Institutional Landscape and Key Policy Developments

    • Alan J. DeYoung, Zumrad Kataeva, Dilrabo Jonbekova
    Pages 363-385Open Access
  9. The Transformation of Higher Education in Turkmenistan: Continuity and Change

    • Victoria Clement, Zumrad Kataeva
    Pages 387-405Open Access
  10. Ukraine: Higher Education Reforms and Dynamics of the Institutional Landscape

    • Nataliya L. Rumyantseva, Olena I. Logvynenko
    Pages 407-433Open Access
  11. Uzbekistan: Higher Education Reforms and the Changing Landscape Since Independence

    • Kobil Ruziev, Umar Burkhanov
    Pages 435-459Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 461-482

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This open access book is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved into fifteen unique national systems, systems that have responded to national and global developments while still bearing some traces of the past. The book is distinctive as it presents a comprehensive analysis of the reforms and transformations in the region in the last 25 years; and it focuses on institutional landscape through the evolution of the institutional types established and developed in Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet time. It also embraces all fifteen countries of the former USSR, and provides a comparative analysis of transformations of institutional landscape across Post-Soviet systems. It will be highly relevant for students and researchers in the fields of higher education and and sociology, particularly those with an interest in historical and comparative studies.


  • USSR countries
  • Soviet higher education reform
  • Soviet higher education policy
  • Post-Soviet higher education
  • vertical system differentiation
  • horizontal system differentiation
  • russian and post-soviet politics


“The compendium is a significant advance for the nascent field of (comparative) higher education of the former Soviet space. Its value to researchers in this community is self-evident, but it will also be beneficial for researchers of other fields of social policy where there is a Soviet legacy (such as healthcare, pensions or school-level education) as well as for scholars and practitioners interested in broader topics relating to higher education and society.” (Emma Sabzalieva, European Journal of Higher Education, November, 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

    Jeroen Huisman

  • National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

    Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin

About the editors

Jeroen Huisman is Professor of Higher Education at Ghent University, Belgium.

Anna Smolentseva is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Education at the National Research University 'Higher School of Economics', Russia.

Isak Froumin is Head of the Institute of Education at the National Research University 'Higher School of Economics', Russia.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
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