Sarfaroz Niyozov was born in the village of Shujand in the Roshan district of Badakhshan, Tajikistan. He received his undergraduate education at Tajik State University and graduated with an Honours degree in Arabic in 1983. Dr Niyozov subsequently worked as an Arabic-Russian translator in Syria and Yemen and later began his graduate studies at Tajik State University where he was also employed as an Arabic instructor. Despite the civil war in Tajikistan, Dr Niyozov persisted in his studies and also took up the study of English. In 1995, he graduated from the Aga Khaninfo-icon University‘s Institute of Education with a Masters in Education and began working on several of the university‘s educational endeavours in the newly independent countries of the former Soviet Union, including the establishment of the University of Central Asia. In 1997, Dr Niyozov was awarded a scholarship from the Aga Khan Foundation to pursue his PhD in education at the University of Toronto in Canada. He completed his PhD in 2001 and was awarded the Gail P Kelly Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation by the Comparative and International Education Society for his thesis, Understanding Teaching in Post-Soviet, Rural, Mountainous Tajikistan. Dr Niyozov is currently the Institute‘s Central Asian Studies Co-ordinator.