The Achievements of more than a decade of Afghanistan's Higher Education Sector is celebrated

Reviewing and celebrating the achievements of the Afghan higher education sector and providing views of the country's higher education officials on 20th of June based on the initiative of the International Department of Family Health (FHI360) is detained at Kabul Serena Hotel. The International Department of Family Health has, over the past ten years, contributed to various programs, such as the establishment and support of master's programs at Kabul University, within the framework of the program to support universities and Human Development (USWDP), setting up capacity development plans, scholarship distribution, creation of career centers, collaborations for Library Enhancement And providing technological needs of universities; in the framework of assistance and cooperation of  the United States of America’s (USAID) are implemented.

At this ceremony, the distinguished Diploma Engineer Dr. Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, minister of the Ministry of Higher Education and the academic Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, during the opening speeches thanked all international partners, especially the United States and the USWDP program. He has talked and discussed in great detail about Afghanistan’s Higher Education policy on financial and technical assistance. Honorable Diploma Engineer Dr. Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, requested them to continue their co-operation in future programs in accordance with the Ministry of Education's fundamental priorities, in order to get better results.

The Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education said that special attention should be paid to the needs of Afghanistan in the field of projects, and in a close coordination after prioritizing the plans in the system so that Afghans can adapt and continue to implement in the future.

In this regard, Professor Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor of Chief Minister in Higher Education Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; also talked in detail in his speeches about the condition of higher education in Afghanistan and the world, and on how the higher education system achieved the achievements in recent years; and the projects that were implemented by international partners in Afghanistan's higher education sector.

Mr. Farooqi, while recognizing the achievements of the country's higher education sector in a quantitative states and expressing his gratitude and appreciation from the international community's assistance, in particular from the United States for development assistance under the USWDP Program. He talked about the status of the higher education system, especially the quality of the universities and institutions of higher education, and emphasized on the better qualitative status of institutions.

Mr. Farooqi added that the centralized system of higher education and the limited resources and qualifications of higher education institutions do not meet the expectations of the quality development of universities, and it is necessary to keep pace with the development of knowledge and science based on needs of today’s vision. Therefore, a new attitude and precise vision will be devised to provide more facilities and competencies to ensure self-sufficiency through the Universities Independence Program for the Higher Education sector.

The National Directorate of International Affairs of (FHI360), is responsible for the implementation of the (USWDP) program in the higher education sector, the presidency of Kabul University has its comprehensive co-operation in order to successfully implement of joint projects with them, with a grateful acknowledgment of gratitude. And Mr. Dr. Stefan Ahar Naberg and Dr. Joe Berger heads of the (FHI360) Office while thanking for the cooperation and efforts of Kabul University for the success of the projects, presented a letter of appreciation to the Chancellor of the Kabul University Hamidullah Farooqi, and the Minister of the Higher Education.

It's worth mentioning that the FHI 360 is a global organization that operates in more than sixty countries and manages projects in education, health, digital solutions, economic partnerships and civil society. The staffs of this department and its implementing partners have been involved in this program of higher education in Afghanistan for more than 10 years.