Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Dilrabo Jonbekova


Dilrabo Jonbekova
Assistant Professor
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Higher education


PhD in Education, 2015

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

"Skills mismatches among university graduates in post-Soviet Tajikistan: Challenges for higher education and the labour market''

MPhil in Educational Research, 2010

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

''Understanding faculty motivation in relation to retention at universities in post-Soviet Tajikistan''

MA in Human Resources Management,  2007

University of Leeds, United Kingdom

''Training Strategy: A Case Study at the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan''


Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDUC 600 Research Methods in Education
  • EDUC 608 Preparing Children for the Future: Skills and Employability
  • EDUC 640 Thesis Seminar, MSc Educational Leadership (School Education)
  • EDUC 670 Internship Project
  • EDUC 671 Work-based Project
  • EDHE 692 Thesis Seminar, MSc Educational Leadership (Higher Education)


Thematic areas: 

Higher education

Other cross-sectional issues in education

Research subthemes:

employability and transition, educational reform and policy, labor market

Geographic areas:

Central  Asia and Eurasia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan)

Funded Projects:

Students’ perceptions of the role of higher education credentials for employability in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan (PI), 2016-2017

NU Seed grant, $9000



  • Jonbekova, D. (in press). Transition from higher education to work in Central Asia: perspectives of youth from Tajikistan. In  Silova, I.  and Niyozov, S. (Eds.) Globalization on the Margins: Education and Post-socialist Transformations in Central Asia (2nd ed.).
  • DeYoung, A.J., Kataeva, Z., Valyayeva, G., Jonbekova, D. (2017). Higher education in Tajikistan: Institutional Landscape and key policy developments. In Huisman, J., Smolentseva, A., Froumin, A. (Eds.)  25 Years of Transformation of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2015). University graduates’ skills mismatch in post-Soviet Tajikistan: Employers’ Perspectives.  European Education.  47 (2), 169-184.[link] DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2015.1033315.