A World Bank report released Thursday lauds Tajikistan's 22% growth in enrollment rate of students in universities and colleges.
The country's enrollment rate in tertiary education, although lower than most countries in the Europe and Central Asia region, it is much higher than countries at a similar level of economic development, the report says.
Tajikistan's government has set-out a clear vision for the future of higher education: as a tool for human capital formation that can further enhance economic growth in a rapidly changing world.
To this end, the National Strategy for Education Development Up To 2020 aims to modernize higher education so that it is geared specifically towards professionally-oriented skills that can better meet evolving labour market demands.
Tajikistan is also focused on joining the Bologna Declaration, with a view to integrating with the European Higher Education Area.
However, major reforms still need to be developed, adopted and operationalized – including the establishment of a credible quality assurance system and national qualifications framework.
Higher education governance, quality assurance, teaching, learning, and student assessment are also areas in need of attention, the World Bank report says.