Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Dilrabo Jonbekova

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Dilrabo Jonbekova
Position:
Assistant Professor
Office Phone:
+7(7172)704961
Specializations:
Higher education
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Dr. Dilrabo Jonbekova is an Assistant Professor and Director of Higher Education Programme at the Graduate School of Education. She teaches and supervises students in the MSc in Educational Leadership programme. Her primary research interest is in the relationship between education and labour market interplay. Within this area she focuses on the transition of students into higher education and job market and the inequalities involved in the employability of graduates. Her most recent project focuses on university-industry partnerships and innovations in higher education. Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, Dr. Jonbekova was a Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; and Faculty Development Programme Coordinator at the University of Central Asia.

 

Education

PhD, Education, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
MPhil, Educational Research, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
MA, Management, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
BA, Economics, Khorog State University, Tajikistan


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Society for Research into Higher Education (SHRE)
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • British Association for International Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

 

Courses taught at GSE

  • EDUC 600 Research Methods in Education
  • EDHE 692 Thesis Seminar, MSc Educational Leadership (Higher Education)
  • EDUC 640 Thesis Seminar, MSc Educational Leadership (School Education)
  • EDUC 608 Preparing Children for the Future: Skills and Employability
  • EDUC 670/671 Internship/Work-based Project
  • EDUC 675 Learning to work

Research areas

  • Graduate employability and transition from higher education to labour market
  • Reforms and innovation in higher education
  • Higher education access and equity issues
  • University-industry partnerships
  • Value of education

Funded Projects

  • University-industry partnerships for innovating and improving quality of higher education in KazakhstanUSD 168 601 Collaborative Research Programme Grant, Nazarbayev University Principal Investigator (2020-2023)
  • Contribution of government scholarship recipients to their home country USD 67 245 Faculty Development Grant, Nazarbayev University - Principal Investigator (2020-2023)
  • Role of higher education credentials for employability in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, 2016-2017 – USD 10 000 Social Policy Grant, Nazarbayev University – Principal Investigator (2016-2018)
  • Twenty-Five Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries – USD 5000 World Bank and Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia - Investigator for the country case of Tajikistan (2014 – 2016)

Publications

  • Jonbekova, D. (2019): The diploma disease in Central Asia: students' views about purpose of university education in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, Studies in Higher Education. [DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1628199]
  • 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.). Information Age Publishing Inc
  • Jonbekova, D. (2018) Educational research in Central Asia: methodological and ethical dilemmas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. [DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2018.1511371]
  • DeYoung, A.J., Kataeva, Z., Jonbekova, D. (2018). 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
  • Kataeva, Z. DeYoung, A.J., Jonbekova, D. (2016). The massification of higher education and diversification of the institutional landscape in the Republic of Tajikistan. Higher Education in Russia and Beyond (HERB), Issue 2 (8), pp. 11-13
  • Jonbekova, D. (2015). University graduates’ skills mismatch in post-Soviet Tajikistan: Employers’ perspectives. European Education. 47 (2), 169-184. [DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2015.1033315]

Conference presentations

  • Jonbekova, D. (2017). Structure and agency in students’ preparation for the labour market in Central Asia: A comparison between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Paper presented at the annual conference of Society for Research into Higher Education (SHRE), Wales, United Kingdom
  • Jonbekova, D. (2017). Students’ perceptions of the role of higher education credentials in employability in Kazakhstan. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES), Atlanta, United States.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2016). Methodological and ethical dilemmas of educational researchers in Central Asia. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Vancouver, Canada.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2015). Transition of university to work in Central Asia: perspective of youth from Tajikistan. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES). Washington D.C. United States.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2015). Using mixed methods research. Paper presented at a workshop on ‘Using multiple research methods in social sciences’. Eurasian University, Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2014). University graduates’ skills mismatch in post-Soviet Tajikistan: Employers’ Perspectives. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES). Toronto, Canada. 
  • Jonbekova, D. (2013). University degrees and diploma disease in the implication for the higher education in post-Soviet Tajikistan. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES). New Orleans, United States.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2012).Methodological Issues of Conducting Research in post-Soviet Tajikistan. Paper presented at the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) student conference, University of Sussex, Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2012). Theoretical Framework for Understanding Mismatch between University Education and Labour Market Skills. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES). San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Jonbekova, D. (2012). University Credentials and Labour Market Skills in Post-Soviet Tajikistan. Paper presented at ‘Oxford Stories’ conference. Faculty of Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Awards

  • Teaching award in the category of ‘Integrating Research and Teaching’ – Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University 2019
  • Best graduate paper award from Comparative and international Education Society Eurasia SIG, 2014
  • Cambridge Overseas Trust Fellowship for MPhil (2009) and PhD (2010)
  • Open Society Foundation – Global Supplementary Grant Programmme (2014)