Ground has been broken on several important buildings on the International Campus: the country’s only International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development, the Bayat Information, Communications, and Technology Building, plus two buildings dedicated to faculty and staff housing. The new campus is in one of Kabul’s most enviable locations with a sweeping view of the southern mountains in the background and a soon-to-be-restored majestic Darul aman Palace in the foreground. The recent donation of poplars and pines encircling the perimeter has already contributed to the feel of an oasis, a quiet place of inspiration and refuge.
AUAF’s Campus in 2007 AUAF’s Campus in 2012 AUAF’s Future Campus!
And Growing Elsewhere!
AUAF has officially opened in Herat! The university’s first English classes are now offered in this colorful, but quiet city and have been met with overwhelming enthusiasm. The courses made available through AUAF’s satellite program, PDI (Professional Development Institute) is the first chapter of the university’s plan to build campuses in Kandahar, Mazr-i-Sharif and Herat. Billboards announcing English courses along with AUAF’s intention to build a permanent Herat campus, have created a surprising stir among college-bound Afghans.
In Kabul alone, more than 3,500 students, including 759 women, have completed or participated in PDI programs since the Institute opened in 2009. Many of these courses are designed for students already employed, and will meet the growing needs of professionals for additional training and certifications.
“This is a really big day for us,” said PDI director Reshad Popal. “And it’s important for two reasons. First, this takes advantage of the overwhelming interest in learning English and other skills among the people of Herat. Second, our presence here will pave the way for the further expansion of AUAF into the province, including degree programs in the future.”