The internationalization of higher education in the twenty-first century is both unavoidable and problematic. As Kyrgyzstan’s former Minister of Education, Ishengul Boldjurova rather poetically put it:

[The] process of globalization of various political, social and economic spheres of life has many negative effects (among all, loss of national identity), but it also has a very positive outcome. I see it as a fantastic opportunity of creating a global educational space, of universal access to a magnificent ocean of knowledge which has been accumulated by humanity throughout its long history.