IEE Newsletter No. 21

Cooperation with Afghanistan: Recent Activities of Afghan Lecturers

Beyond their normal curriculum the current group of Afghan lecturers is taking part in a number of activities, ranging from standing in front of the camera for a RUB corporate movie to meeting the former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and discussing sports and gender equity at the German Society for International Cooperations.

Students in front of the camera

This year, the Ruhr-University celebrates its 50th anniversary. For this purpose, several special events and projects are currently being organised, including a corporate film about the activities of the university. One important characteristic of our university is the strong international outreach and integration of international students. The cooperation with Afghanistan is one of the most fascinating international projects of the RUB and has a long history going back to the 1960s. In this context, the filmmakers were very interested in taking a look at our Afghanistan project and invited the students to become a part of the movie. Aside from giving short interviews, the students were recorded during a lecture.

Afghan Students in front of camera
Students in class with the cameraman (photo: private)

Meeting with the former Afghan president Hamid Karzai

On Monday, April 20, 2015, our students had the chance to meet the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. He was invited to Bochum for the discussion forum 'Challenges in Afghanistan: Situation at the Hindu Kush, Global Terrorism, and the Role of Germany in the World'. Before the official opening of the event, Mr. Karzai invited our students to an informal meeting. Afterwards, the event was introduced by the former Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel. Karzai's counterpart in the discussion was Germany's former president Christian Wulff. Both emphasized the progress Afghanistan has made towards a stable government during the last ten years, but also reflected on the undermining challenges. In this context, they highlighted the long-lasting and fruitful relationship between Afghanistan and Germany.

Afghan Students with Mr Karzai April 2015
Group photo with Mr. Karzai (photo: private)

Discussing sports and gender equity in Afghanistan

Only one day after the discussion forum, the students joined an expert dialogue at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Society for International Cooperations, GIZ) on ‘Sport for Development and Gender Equity in Afghanistan’ in Bonn. The event was part of the series ‘Research meets Practice’. The practical component of the GIZ’s work in the field of gender equality in sports in Afghanistan was represented by staff member Kim Karina Kaagaard Kristensen, who works on school projects in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Heather Cameron explained the state of the art in research and shared her experiences in Afghanistan. The facilitators were glad to welcome such a big group of young Afghan women and men in the audience. In the discussion, the students were very keen to share their points of view and to exchange ideas with the experts.

Afghan Students at GIZ April 2015
Group photo with the GIZ staff (photo: private)

NoorDr. A. Sami Noor
Coordinator Cooperation with Afghan Universities
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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25147
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

SiebertDipl. Soz.-Wiss. Anne Siebert
Research Assistant & Coordinator Training and MSc Programmes in Economics with Afghan Universities
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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22292
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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