Finally, on 24 March 2014, after some delay the IEE was very happy to welcome a new group of 24 participants – the largest group yet – in the Bachelor Upgrading Programme in Management and Economics at Ruhr Universität Bochum. The Bachelor Upgrading Programme at RUB started in 2004 and since then, the IEE has hosted about one hundred lecturers from thirteen different universities all over Afghanistan. The programme, funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) aims to improve the standards of teaching in Afghanistan by providing training and teaching economics to young lecturers.
The new participants of the Bachelor Upgrading Programme in Management and Economics at the RUB
It needs to be emphasised that most of the current participants in the Bachelor Upgrading Programme are lecturers from newly founded universities in Afghanistan, effectively extending the coverage of our training programme. We have also for the first time lecturers coming from private universities, which have reached an agreement with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education to partly integrate these lecturers after completion of the Upgrading Programme with our partner state universities. This cooperation between private and state universities will surely have a positive impact on the academic exchange between teaching and research staff. The lecturers come from the universities of Nangarhar, Herat, Faryab, Samangan, Bamyan, Khost, Kunduz, Paktia, Kandahar and Kabul.
A new group from Afghanistan, aiming for a Master of Science in Management and Economics for Afghan lecturers will join the Bachelor group in August. The MSc programme consists of four semesters: three semesters of course-work in Bochum followed by a four-month field research stay in Afghanistan, upon which the participants will return to Bochum to write their master theses.