Participants of the Bachelor training with Afghan Deputy Minister for Higher Education Prof. Kheshkai (3rd from left), NRW Science Minister Prof. Pinkwart (center) and IEE Managing Director Prof. Löwenstein (left).
One of the top priorities in the cooperation between the IEE and the Faculties of Management and Economics at Afghan Universities is the stabilization of Bachelor Programmes in Economics and Business Administration. After having concentrated on the University of Kabul beginning in 2002, the continued financial support offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and, since 2007, the North Rhine-Westphalian Science Ministry helped to swiftly extend the academic cooperation to other Afghan universities in the following years. The overall target of this cooperation is to assist the partner faculties in Afghanistan in their efforts to rehabilitate learning and teaching services and to integrate themselves into the global campus. For this purpose, the IEE in cooperation with the colleagues from Afghanistan and the RUB Faculty of Economics and Business Administration created a set of activities which aim at restructuring the bachelor curriculum, train Afghan lecturers and to provide them and their students with appropriate teaching and learning materials in English and in the national languages. RUB Cooperating Chairs.
Partner Faculties in Afghanistan
- Kabul (since mid of the 1960ies, revitalised in 2002)
- Balkh (since 2004)
- Herat (since 2004)
- Nangarhar (since 2004)
- Kandahar (since 2008)
- Khost (since 2008)
- Bamyan (since 2009)
- Faryab (since 2010)
- Jawzjan (since 2010)
- Paktia (since 2011)
- Kunduz (since 2013)
- Availability of an up-to-date, uniform BSc-curriculum at all partner faculties
- Backing of the new curriculum by the production of teaching and learning material (Dari, Pashto & English) and online support (eCampus Afghanistan)
- Expanding the literature base at the cooperating faculties
- Enabling the cooperating faculties to teach the new BSc-curriculum
- Preparation of lecturers for admission to Master programmes
- International accreditation of Afghan Bachelor degrees in Management and Economics
- New uniform 3-years BSc-Programme in Management and Economics available at all partner faculties (since mid-2004)
- Between 2004 and 2014, 103 young Afghan lecturers participated in the Bachelor Upgrading Programme and passed over 1000 months of BSc-oriented training at RUB
- Complete set of textbooks (11 books each in English, Dari and Pashto) for the BSc-program handed over to Afghan partners
- Teaching and learning of the BSc curriculum at the partner faculties supported through an internet-based learning platform (eCampus Afghanistan).
- A quadrilingual dictionary for management and economics has been published and is available in a printed version and online.
- 51 lecturers (46 with a MSc in Management and Economics, 5 with a MA in Development Management) graduated with a Master's degree from RUB
- 19 lecturers, after qualifying themselves through successful completion of the Bachelor Upgrading Programme, will start the MSc programme in Management and Economics at RUB in August 2014
- Assisting the partner faculties in implementing quality control
- Initiating and promoting research in Afghanistan
- Future faculty days
- Admission of the best Master graduates into research stays at RUB (since 2014)