Purdue Helps Bring Back Education in Afghanistan

In March 2002, when Kabul University re-opened after the fall of the Taliban, Purdue University professors Kevin McNamara and Zarjon Baha were invited to attended the opening with Purdue alum Dennis Engi. They met faculty who had no lab experience, statistical training, or computer skills. There were no labs or equipment and few teaching materials. But students were flocking back, and that inspired McNamara to action.

After that first visit, McNamara developed a program that took 10 Purdue faculty members to Afghanistan and involved more than 50 Purdue faculty and staff in related activities. Currently, four Purdue staff members are on long-term assignment there and 12 Afghan University junior faculty members are working on graduate degrees at Purdue.

Purdue-initiated activities include:

  • Redevelopment of university programs in agriculture, education, and engineering.

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  • Visits to Purdue by 16 Afghan University faculty members to discuss advancements in higher education, staff capacity building, and curriculum modernization.

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For a printable, extended version of this text, download: Bringing Back Education in Afghanistan (pdf).

For more information, please contact:

Kevin T McNamara
Professor of Agricultural Economics
Assistant Director of International Programs in Agriculture
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
765 494 4236
mcnamara@purdue.edu

Details of various Purdue Program Activity include:

National Guard Afghan Agriculture Development Team Training Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Afghan Faculty Exchange Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Plant Diagnostic Training Program for Afghan A4 Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Purdue/USAID Afghan Merit Scholar Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

A4 Faculty of Veterinary Science Support Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Purdue Vocational Agriculture High School Curriculum Development
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Afghan Livestock Assessment Workshop
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)


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