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Student Spotlight: Murtaza

September 11, 2023

Leading students’ life through his leadership-how Murtaza assisted students to settle at the Doha campus. The journey is for your read below.


AUAF Graduates Class of 2023

August 31, 2023

On June 11th, the AUAF community based in Doha, Qatar, gathered at the Qatar National Library for the Class of 2023 graduation ceremony. The commencement celebration was packed with keynote speakers and peers cheering for the newly graduates.

The keynote speakers expressed their message in a collective voice to the AUAF community, especially the newly graduates, for the inspiration of enduring challenges and overcoming confrontations during the unprecedented events in Afghanistan.

On June 3rd, 19 AUAF transferred students at the American University of Central Asia, took part in AUCA’s commencement ceremony for Class of 2023. Dr. Fontan, AUAF’s Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, represented AUAF and extended her speech by embracing the newly graduates.

AUAF welcomes 100 new students to hub in Doha, Qatar

August 20, 2023

100 students arrived at AUAF’s Education City campus in Doha, Qatar to start the new academic year! They join another 100 AUAF students who have been at the Doha campus since fall of 2022.



STEM Bootcamp Summer 2023

August 12, 2023

The AUAF-STEM Summer Online Bootcamp for high school Afghan female students commenced on July 2 and concluded on July 27, 2023, running from Sunday to Thursday with four hours of daily sessions. Here are some feedback from the students who concluded the STEM Summer Bootcamp.
In the first two week sessions, the participants kicked off their classes from English and MS Office suite, in which they learned essential skills in both themes. In the following sessions, the students learned basic math, web, and graphic design.
Deleted: Nearly around 80-90 students had wide participation in their classes. All of the students (99%) were residing in Afghanistan, with a majority from Kabul and other Afghan provinces.

USAID representatives visit Doha

July 13, 2023

AUAF hosted USAID representatives at its Doha campus to meet students and discuss academic and operational plans with University leaders. The visit allowed one of AUAF’s most engaged and long-time funding partners to understand student needs and future program opportunities.

A mental health crisis builds in Afghanistan

July 8, 2023

KABUL — Psychiatrist Shafi Azim spent much of his career attending to the trauma caused by two decades of fighting, which ripped apart buildings and families.


But over the past months, his hospital — Afghanistan’s primary mental health facility in Kabul — has filled with patients who say they are experiencing a different kind of suffering, he said. With the Taliban leadership severely restricting female education and work, there are mounting concerns about the mental health of girls and women. The restrictions and “sudden changes,” said Azim, appear to be at the root of the trauma suffered by most women and girls now seeking help at this hospital.


“They fear they will never be able to go back to work or school,” said Azim, 60. “They are isolated and become depressed.”


Mental health professionals at five Afghan hospitals and health centers shared similar accounts of a rising challenge. They said many women are receiving outpatient therapy and medication. Some have been encouraged by doctors to seek an escape in the shrinking number of activities that are still tolerated.

AUAF President Dr. Ian Bickford meets with Student Government Association

April 20, 2023

On April 19, 2023 AUAF’s Student Government Association spoke with AUAF President Dr. Ian Bickford last week in Education City, Doha. The meeting focused on academics, student life, and student engagement.

AUAF Female Students Celebrate Intl. Women’s Day

March 8, 2023

AUAF students in Qatar celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting a panel discussion with guests from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The panel focused on leadership and the essential importance of women’s voices in education and wider society.

International Women’s Day 2023

March 8, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023

Today, women and girls in Afghanistan have been removed from public life and can no longer enjoy the freedoms they once did, which all women are entitled to. Despite great risk to the safety of themselves and their families, many women and girls in Afghanistan courageously continue their studies, proving that Education Will Prevail.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked AUAF female students to share, in one word, what women’s education means to them. Paired with these powerful words from students are quotes from AUAF & FAUAF female board members.

International Day of Education

International Day of Education

January 24, 2023

In Afghanistan today, the Taliban have banned all women and girls from attending secondary school and higher education. Additionally, new reporting shows that 80% of all school-aged Afghan girls are not attending school. As a result, “the country risks a lost generation as educated women are essential for its development; UNESCO. This ban brings new urgency to online education. The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is the only option for many young Afghan women and girls to pursue a world-class higher education.


Without access to high-quality education, Afghanistan faces a retrenched and Impoverished future. AUAF continues to adapt to the country’s increasing education restrictions by expanding its online learning capabilities and secondary education offerings. AUAF is rebuilding the pathway from secondary to higher education for young Afghan women through reimagined online pre-university programs like the preparatory Academy and high-school STM boot camps.


Education Will Prevail for a new generation of young Afghans who wrestle with a new set of political and social realities yet remain ambitious and fervent to lead change in their own country and society. As university doors close around the country, a donation to Friends of AUAF ensures the desire for education does not go unmet.

Qatar Gifts AUAF Students World Cup Tickets

December 12, 2022

On November 24th, AUAF was gifted with 20 Hospitality tickets by the Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the game for the Brazil vs. Serbia match in Lusail Stadium. Two tickets were gifted to AUAF faculty members and eighteen tickets to the students with the highest GPA. Aside from spectating the match, where students enjoyed some cultural activities which made it more memorable.

Education is Power for Peace and Security in Afghanistan

October 17, 2022

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan last year has produced a desperate humanitarian situation in the country. Nearly half of all households are experiencing acute food insecurity, maternal and infant mortality rates are rising quickly, and 97% of families are at risk of dropping below the poverty line.


Most concerning is the intentional and vicious erasure of women and girls from public life by the Taliban, especially the ban on girls’ access to secondary education and the rapid deterioration of education quality across the country.


Afghanistan under the Taliban is currently the only place in the world where girls’ education is banned. Islamic scholarsactivists, and the leadership of other Muslim-majority countries agree that gender-based exclusion in education is not justified.


In the aftermath of the international withdrawal, Afghan women have endured some of the most disturbing consequences of the Taliban’s brutal pursuit for power coupled with indifference from the international community. Far more needs to be done to support Afghan women and children, especially in the education space.


What is happening to the women and girls of Afghanistan creates not simply a moral imperative, but a growing threat to regional and even global peace, prosperity, and security.


Every Afghan, regardless of gender, geography, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, needs to see their fundamental rights respected and protected. For peace and prosperity everywhere – now more than ever – the administration, Congress, international policymakers, the media, and the private and philanthropic sectors each have a role to play.


“Only countries where all people are involved can be successful. When we look around the world and we see countries where half of the population is marginalized or left out, then we usually see countries that are failing.” – Mrs. Laura Bush, Global Women’s Network, 2015