Collaboration with Herat University Background: Engineering Education In Afghanistan
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Collaboration with Herat University Background: Engineering Education In Afghanistan

Brief History

1963
Engineering program begins, guided by the University of Wyoming and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Program flourishes, in partnership with overseas universities and government agencies.

1978
Communist government takes over.

1984
Communist government closes the university; faculty is dispersed.

1987
A number of exiled professors establish "Construction Related Training for Afghanistan", located in Peshawar, Pakistan.

1995
Engineering program reestablished in Afghanistan, at Herat University in Herat City, located in the country's northwest section.

Current Status in 2007

  • Civil engineering program at Herat University enrolls more than 300 students, about 11% of whom are women (a key goal of the Ministry of Education's plan for higher education).

  • More than half of current male students and 75% of current female students are at the freshman and sophomore levels. The trend of significantly increased enrollments are expected to continue.

  • Eleven full-time and seven part-time professors share teaching and administrative duties.

  • The program follows a standard engineering curriculum and uses primarily U.S. textbooks as technical references; graduates receive the BSCE degree and have been successful in finding employment in Afghanistan.