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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a session was held yesterday to review structure of Ministry of Higher Education.
In the session held at presidential palace with participation of Minister of Higher Education Farida Momand and leading body of the ministry, modality of reviewing the structure and capacities of higher education ministry was discussed.
Minister of Higher Education reported to country’s President in particular related to working plans of the committee determined to start its work in this regard very soon.
Meanwhile, leading body of the ministry delivered suggestions in connection with absorption of professional and young cadres in universities, reviewing and creating new administrative and higher educational systems, codifying and capacity-finding standards for absorption of professional individuals in vacant posts of the ministry, making higher education curriculum, allocation of special budget for persuading researching instructors to deliver further academic books.
After hearing report and information delivered by leading body of the ministry, the country’s President said that current high education capacities were low in the country and it was needed to work on a strategic plan for improvement of capacity in the country’s higher education system.
The President further said high governance council under his responsibility would be soon created for reviewing government institutions condition, stressing that high qualified individual should be appointed in government institutions.
The country’s President ordered officials of higher education ministry to completely review all structures of the respective ministry and share with him results of each stage of the reviews.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani added that from now on their further focus would be on enhancement of capacities in education and higher education in the country.
He said higher education capacity should be enhanced in universities so that students with higher knowledge and education graduated from universities of the country.
The country’s President asserted that stability and development of a country depended on its higher education and reaching development and growth was not possible without a higher educational system in the country.
The President said that he would talk to all officials of provincial universities through video conference to discuss problems and higher education and administrative needs and would soon meet with universities’ lecturers and representatives of students to exchange view with them related to quality of the country’s higher education and education.

1 July 2016, BNA, The United Nation’s Children Emergency Fund provided school bags to students of different Logar schools here the other day. The agency donated around 21 thousands of schools bags.
Logar Education department’s spokesman, Shahpoor Arab told BNA, that the assistance was made to the students of the primary schools and the agency has pledged to have further assistance to students of the Logar province.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Information and Culture for Youth Affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat during a grand ceremony opened the computer center of the Asra Orphanage here in Kabul, the other day, BNA reported.
The center which was funded and equipped by the MTN Communication Network, was inaugurated by the deputy minister, Dr. Sadat who thanked Hassan Jaber, chief of the MTN for his cooperation with the families of orphans and needy destitute children as well as to the education centers. Hassan Jaber also said his network had provided cooperation in different fields with the needy children families, since it got operational in Afghanistan, the agency added. Sadat called orphans, poverty and destruction, the negative consequence of war and asked the government armed oppositions to give up violence and join peace process, the BNA quoted. He asked other organizations for doing more to improve the life condition of children and their needy families, according to the agency. To conclude with, the deputy minister donated letter of appreciation to chief of MTN Company, Hassan Jaber who was also praised with another appreciation letter by the member officials of the orphanage for his services to the center.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan held its first convocation of Master of Business Administration (MBA) here on Thursday.
Congratulating the 110 graduates, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his message read-out by cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar termed education as key to developments and stability.
“I hope the private higher education institutions with full responsibility lead high quality academic programs and put ending point to illiteracy in Afghanistan,” the president said in his message.
Inaugurating the event, professor Jawid Sangdel, the rector of UMEF university in Geneva of Swiss said that a nation would not turn to a real nation, if they don’t respect the pen, and a country sees no development, if the talented young generations to be ignored.
“I want to thank the president for initiating the infrastructural projects which are key to development of the country,” Prof. Sangdel said, asking the president to pay further attention for education and higher education systems in Afghanistan. Sangdel went on saying that Afghanistan facing leadership crisis rather than the economic one, asking the new graduates to be loyal on their commitments and serve their nation. He also criticized the Minister of Higher Education for neglecting the convocation ceremony, which was the first in its kind by a European university in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, former Minister of Information and Culture and rector of Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan said that it is immense pleasure to see Afghan youths being graduated from a prestigious European university in Afghanistan, adding that the country’s education and higher education were badly affected due to several years of war, hoping that the new graduates with modern academic background could serve their people and the country as whole.
Later, Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Netherlands also delivered speech, asking the graduates no to flee from their country, but to stay and serve their nation. He also called on the graduates not to be satisfied for what they have learnt throughout the course, but further investigate and develop their capacities.
Praising the UMEF University of Afghanistan’s modern academic system and calling it one of the top universities in Afghanistan, Wolesi Jirga’s head of Education and Higher Education commission Homaira Ayoubi said that activity of international universities would further push the other higher education institutions in the country to develop their capacities, adding that UMEF could be an example for quality educations in Afghanistan. The ambassador of Tajikistan, deputy rector of Swiss Geneva University and two fresh graduates of MBA batch delivered their speeches on quality education of Swiss UMEF University in Afghanistan, asking the government to use the capacity of the new graduates in major development projects which lead the country towards peace and stability as well as regional convergence.

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