The Excellency Professor Dr. M. Osman Babury Chancellor of Kabul University, had a meeting with Mr. Roshan Walsmal, Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Land Affairs

Mr. Roshan Walsmal, Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Land Affairs, Ms. Sahar Hamdard, Head of the Construction and Engineering System of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdul Sami Rahimzai, and the Director of Urban Planning and Civil Engineering Departments of Kabul University on June 11, Wednesday, 2020 have met with The Excellency Professor Dr. M. Osman Babury Chancellor of Kabul University to discuss and review the curriculum of the Department of Urban Planning.

During this meeting, that took place in the office of the Chancellor of Kabul University, Mr. Walsmal first explained the requirements for the efforts of the Ministry of Urban Development and Lands through the World Bank's Office of Urban Development (UDSP) financial support. The Afghanistan Cities Development Project includes technical assistance, capacity building and systems development at the Ministry of Urban Development and Lands, and provides an opportunity to institutionalize and strengthen urban programs in Afghanistan. The project also builds local capacity through the development of strategic planning and curriculum for urban planning. The urban planning review and development program for the relevant departments at the three main universities of Afghanistan that have this field (Kabul University, Kabul Polytechnic University and Herat University) is a tool to promote urban planning knowledge in Afghanistan's urban development.

Reviewing and developing the curriculum of the Department of Urban Planning includes three phases (needs assessment, supply evaluation and final curriculum), which is based on the necessary needs assessment (demand and supply assessments) in the urban sector of Afghanistan. These needs assessments include receiving current and future needs of the country through consultation, holding workshops and studying urban identity, cultural and religious characteristics of Afghan cities. In addition, the needs assessment examines the social and economic situation of cities and their inhabitants to identify the real demands of urban development in Afghanistan.

The first phase (needs assessment) of this project has been practically completed that Mr. Walsmal has presented the printed version of that to the Chancellor of Kabul University for evaluation and expertise before completing the World Bank project, in order to enrich it with respected Chancellor’s valuable advice and opinions to make it further complete. As a result of these efforts, it is expected to be able to create a comprehensive curriculum for the Department of Urban Planning to meet the needs of the labor market and global standards.