University of Central Asia-Badakhshan University Partnership Honours First Graduates

Date: 16 August 2015

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) partner, Badakhshan University (BU) celebrated the first 147 graduates of its jointly-developed new Continuing Education Unit at a ceremony in Faizabad on 16 August 2015.

Dr Shah Valiullah Adeeb, Acting Governor of Badakhshan addressing the graduates.

At the ceremony, which was held at Kokcha Palace, 58 graduates received International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certificates and 89 graduated with English certificates. 

The ceremony was attended by the Acting Governor of Badakhshan Province Dr Shah Valiullah Adeeb, Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan, Badakhshan University’s Director Mr Khusraw Nazari, Deputy Head of Provincial Council, Mr Talabuddin Qadiri.

The Acting Governor when congratulating the graduates, stressed the importance of learning the English language and information technology to improve their employability, income and competitiveness. He also thanked AKDN for its strong presence and contribution in all fields of development in the province.  

The Continuing Education Unit was established in 2014 through an agreement between BU, UCA and the Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan to increase access to skills training in Badakhshan. UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) developed curricula, oversaw the professional development of Afghan instructors and manages the BU Continuing Education Unit.

Currently 620 course participants are enrolled in English, information technology and cashier courses at the Unit, which is also an official ICDL test centre. The fully equipped 220 square metre facility has an information technology lab, three classrooms and offices and is staffed by a team of 11.

“Continuing education is the fastest growing sector of education globally. This is particularly important in the Afghan context, where an accelerated programme of skills development to improve livelihoods and promote economic growth is critical. The Continuing Education Unit offers access to internationally recognized qualifications to Afghan learners at their doorstep,” said Mrs Mawani, who also congratulated the graduates during her remarks.

The BU Continuing Education Unit is one of four satellite learning centres in the country supported by UCA in partnership with Afghan institutions. Confirming high demand for continuing education, since they opened last year, 3,600 course participants are already enrolled at the four centres.

On 16 August 2015, UCA’s partner, Badakhshan University celebrated 147 course participants who received their International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) and English certificates.

The centres are part of the Multi Input Area Development Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA) in Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan, an alliance between the Aga Khan Foundation and the United State Agency for International Development. The programme makes investments across sectors over a sustained period to support longer-term stability and growth in Badakhshan.

UCA has other fruitful partnerships in Afghanistan. The UCA Institute of Public Policy and Administration engaged representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Economy and others in an intensive training programme on trade policy and practice attended by civil servants from Central Asia, and held regional symposiums on promoting trade and economic relations between Afghanistan and Central Asia. The Institute is currently delivering Certificate in Policy Analysis for Ministry of Finance staff. SPCE has completed the curriculum for a Local Economic and Community Development training programme that the Independent Directorates for Local Governance will deliver to provincial officials. UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute is supporting nine Afghan researchers through its Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship.

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