The Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor of Chief Minister in Higher Education Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; a long with Higher Education Delegations Travelled to Bangladesh

The Higher Education delegations of Afghanistan under the supervision of Professor Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor of Chief Minister in Higher Education Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan;  along with membership of Prof. Dr. Tafsera Hsshimi vice chancellor in students affairs of Kabul University, Professor Esmatullah Osmani from Department of Bioscience And Archeology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Honorable Noor Ahmad Darwish head of Higher Education Development Program (HEDP), on April 21 /2019, travelled to  Bangladesh to participate in Higher Education Acceleration and Transformation (HEAT) program.

The key issues of the HEAT program included how to change the curriculum of higher education in Bangladesh, strengthen the management and empowerment of higher education finance sectors, establish regional partnerships for capacity building and women's higher education, project management and monitoring of outcomes and the provision of communications, which also covers the regional activities of the General Program in Afghanistan.

In this regard, in the context of the expansion of academic and scientific relations between the two countries, visits of the authorities and the leadership of the higher education and universities of Bangladesh were scheduled in advance and the agenda for the visit was planned.

Also, the April 22 was general holiday in Bangladesh, the Afghan delegation met with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Bangladesh, Abdul Qayum Malikzad and their colleagues at the Embassy's headquarters, which represented the majority of Afghan students in Bangladesh (up to 120 students), the Afghan Students reported on their educational status, their problems and their challenges, and asked to address their problems.

Mr. Farooqi, along with other issues, also referred to the High-Level Education (HEAT) Project at a meeting with the officials of the higher education institutions and the leadership of the Bangladesh Higher Education Institution. In this context, comprehensive discussions and exchanges comments was made between them. In addition, discussions were held on the problems of Afghan students and Mr. Farooqi called on the officials of the Bangladesh Higher Education Commission to pay close attention to the challenges of students. In this regard they said they would investigate for solutions to the problems of students. Similarly, both sides Higher Education Commission of Afghanistan and Bangladesh made donations and a technical partnership commitment with the project (AFG REN) to establish a cooperation network with the entities involved in the project (HEAT) in Afghanistan. At the end of the discussion with the Bangladesh Higher Education Commission (UGC); it was agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding on academic and scientific collaboration and student exchange programs between this institution and the Ministry of Higher Education.

Meanwhile, according to the program agenda, visits were held at the Women's Center, Jahangir University, Daka University, and other educational institutions of the country, some of whom also have Project Membership of (HEAT), during discussions an agreement was also made between the two sides that, through the establishment of a document on cooperation between the High Commission for Higher Education in Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the exchange of professors, students, joint research and other partnerships will be provided.