[Paleopsych] CHE: An American U. Rises in Afghanistan
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An American U. Rises in Afghanistan
The Chronicle of Higher Education, 5.4.15
By SHAILAJA NEELAKANTAN
The groundbreaking ceremony for the American University of
Afghanistan, the country's first private, American-style university,
took place in Kabul last month.
The university, which plans to open in 2006, is patterning itself
after other American-style institutions abroad, such as the American
University of Beirut. It will provide courses in management,
communications, and the liberal arts for 1,100 undergraduates. All
courses will be taught in English and will be open to students from
Afghanistan and the region.
The university will aggressively reach out to young Afghan women,
Afghan higher-education officials said. It plans to build appropriate
facilities and housing for women, award scholarships to poor women,
and hire female professors.
The U.S. government is supporting the university with a multiyear
commitment of more than $15-million, Laura Bush, the first lady, said
in a speech in Kabul last month. She visited a teacher-training
institute, where she spoke of the importance of educating women.
Those pushing for the new university believe there is sufficient
interest among Afghans and Afghan-Americans to sustain a private
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan attended the groundbreaking
ceremony, along with Sharif Fayez, Afghanistan's former
higher-education minister, who is interim president of the new
university. The Asia Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit
group, has signed a grant agreement with the U.S. Agency for
International Development to act as the new university's fiduciary
agent for one year. During that time, it will develop a set of
financial and administrative systems for the new university and help
it raise grant money from AID and other donors.
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