Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov

Director, Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan​

Dr​ Sarfaroz Niyozov was born in Tajikistan, and completed his Honors Degree in Arabic from Tajik State University in 1983. Subsequently, he worked and studied in Yemen, Syria, and Tunisia.
U​pon completing his graduate studies, Dr Niyozov taught at both Dushanbe and​ Khorog Universities in Tajikistan. He relocated to Karachi and graduated with the first class of the IED, P in 1995. Dr Niyozov has worked on several of AKU's educational endeavors in Central Asia, including on the establishment of the University of Central Asia.​

Dr Niyozov was awarded a scholarship from the Aga Khan Foundation to pursue his PhD in Education at the University of Toronto, which he completed in 2001. His PhD research received best dissertation awards from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the American Education Research Association (AERA, Division B). Dr Niyozov founded and led the Central Asian Studies Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK. In 2005, Dr Niyozov​​ joined the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Currently, he is Associate Professor, Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and his research, teaching, and supervision are focused on education and culture in the developing world (including the postsocialist context), and the education experiences of students from Muslim backgrounds in western schools and societies.​

He served as Co-Director of the Comparative, International and Developement Education Center (CIDEC), and as an editor of the Journal of Curriculum Inquiry (OISE, University of Toronto). He has written extensively about education in post-Soviet countries and the experiences of teachers working with Muslim students in multicultural classrooms.