Memorandum of Cooperation between Kabul University and UNHCR

Kabul University and the UNHCR Refugee affairs signed a memorandum of cooperation on Tuesday 2nd of July to improve the capacity of returned students to help them. The memorandum was signed between the Professor Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor of Chief Minister in Higher Education Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; and the President of the UNHCR.

At the ceremony, Professor Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor of Chief Minister in Higher Education Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; welcomed the General Director of the UNHCR and his delegation at Kabul University, and appreciated their humanitarian assistance to the higher education sector and other sectors of the country.

Mr. Farooqi also talked about the organization and activities of the Kabul University in the field of research and teaching, and congratulated the UNHCR as one of the good colleagues in Afghanistan and Kabul University. He also appreciated the provided opportunity to achieve the scientific-research goals and assistance to returned immigrated students and displaced people.

The UNHCR General Director Mrs. Carlewin Van Beuron, reported  their activities on assessment of the displaced people, and expressed her satisfaction with the provision of collaborative co-operation between the University of Kabul and the UNHCR Office. She described education as a basic principle and expressed her satisfaction with the memorandum of understanding with Kabul University in order to help and cooperate and enhance the capacity of displaced students.

In the past, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the president of Kabul University and the (UNHCR) the United Nations Office on the Status of Refugees, and both sides have continued to cooperate.

The Memorandum of Understanding provides the basis for providing cooperation with the returned students from neighboring countries to Afghanistan, and the UNHCR is working to provide education and training. Therefore, 15 base computer desktops, along with other equipment that has been assisted to these students at Kabul University, one of the rooms of the Department of Information and Technology center of the University has been set up and students can use that it for their research work.

This computer lab was officially launched by the leadership of the Kabul University and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In addition, the UNHCR has also allocated a cash assistance grant to 40 university returnee eligible students who will be eligible for funding each month.