Founded in 2009, Friends of the American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF) is dedicated to support higher education in Afghanistan through entities such as American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Afghanistan’s only independent, private, not for profit, non-sectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning.
Friends of the American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF) is a 501(c) (3) registered nonprofit recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity. Founded in 2008, FAUAF enhances higher education opportunities in Afghanistan through grants that support scholarships, financial aid, programs, and infrastructure.
Since enrolling its first class in 2006, comprised of 51 students (50 male students and one female), AUAF has educated hundreds of graduates, many of whom are rising stars in fields ranging from law to science and business to politics. Approximately 11% of these exceptional graduates have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships – the highest number of Fulbright awardees, as a percentage of graduates, of any academic institution in the world. Today, AUAF educates over 1,000 students with women comprising 45% of the student population.
Additionally, through the Professional Development Institute (PDI), AUAF has trained over 22,000 professional Afghans.
Keystone programs include the Stanford University Law School Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP), which offers a 4-year LLB degree; the MBA program; the PDI; and Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STM) programming. AUAF seeks to maximize resources and investments to scale these programs over the next five years.
AUAF mirrors today’s modern Afghanistan: a young, civically engaged student population representing all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, across every ethnicity and credence, and motivated by a deep feeling of responsibility to their community and institutions.
It has produced the highest percentage of Fulbright scholars of any university in the world
Offers a five-year law program managed by Stanford Law School
Reached 50% female enrollment within its first few years of opening