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Khushal Khan Khattak
07-02-2010, 07:50 PM
Improving Engineering Education in Afghanistan

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It is well known that decades of war and instability have destroyed the infrastructure of educational institutions in Afghanistan. The buildings of most universities, colleges and schools were severely damaged.

In some cases all the buildings and other facilities were burned, the equipment and furniture were looted, and the laboratories and libraries were either demolished or burned to ashes. Many experienced and qualified lecturers have fled the country while many others were killed. Those who survived were isolated from outside world for decades, and their knowledge has been outdated. The vast majority of academics of all higher educational institutions in Afghanistan have only bachelorís degrees from the local universities.

Because of major efforts by the international community, relative stability has returned to the country recently but sadly no major investment has been made to improve higher education, especially in technical and engineering institutions. In contrast, the telecom, media and IT sectors in Afghanistan have been flourishing and these sectors have seen an exponential growth during the last five years. However, no significant investment has been made at the educational institutions, which are supposed to educate and train the workforce for these sectors.

The aim of this project is to improve the quality of engineering education at educational institutions in Afghanistan, where the future workforce gain their knowledge and skills that is highly desirable for sustainable development in the country throughout the 21st century.

Specific objectives of this project are:

To modernize the curriculum of subjects related to electronics, communication and computer technology at their degree programs.
To train some lecturers of Kabul University (KU), Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU) and Information and Communication Technology Institute (ICTI) in modern engineering subjects.
To incorporate computer simulation and experimental work within the new curriculum.
To integrate ICT within engineering education.
To investigate the possibility to develop technician level courses such as higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) at KU, KPU and ICTI.
To disseminate and extend the experience of this project to regional universities such as Nangarhar, Balkh, Herat and Kandahr.

Some work has already been carried out and further work is planned during this project to achieve the above objectives. This site will be regularly updated as the project progresses.

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