From the American People
Afghanistan’s higher education system suffered tremendously following the Soviet occupation of 1979 and the subsequent wars and civil conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s. Even with the return of representative government and greater stability, higher education in Afghanistan has seen a lack of investment and development. To address this need, the United States Government, through USAID, joined the Ministry of Higher Education, Afghan business leaders, and private donors in Afghanistan and abroad to establish the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
AUAF is the only private, independent, not-for-profit university in Afghanistan. Operating on the U.S. liberal arts model, the university offers programs in business administration, information technology and computer science, political science, and public administration. AUAF’s English-based curriculum provides a world-class education to Afghanistan’s next generation of leaders. More than 60 percent of its undergraduate faculty holds doctoral degrees. AUAF prizes free expression, tolerance, mutual respect, critical inquiry, and academic rigor. It teaches those values within the Afghan cultural context and the protections afforded by the Constitution of Afghanistan.
AUAF Fact Sheet - Jan 2013 FINAL
11 March 2012
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learned here has given
me courage. Now I want
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computer business in
2 April 2011
AUAF Communications Office AUAF students at the university’s opening convocation for the spring semester. University officials announced on February 20, that the American...
15 March 2011
USAID/TAFA APTTCA delegation leaders. On February 10, AUAF political science professors held a panel discussion on Egypt, focusing on the driving factors...
3 February 2011
AUAF Communications Office Mohammed Mojtaba Salem delivers a lecture on AUAF’s orientation and registration processes, with recommendations on how it can be improved. ...
31 March 2010
On March 4, 2010, the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) hosted quite possibly the first ever rock-and-roll concert on an Afghan college campus. The concert...
In The News
26 May 2011
Robert Sauers/USAID The American University of Afghanistan's first graduating class listens to the commencement address by U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry. Thirty-two...
20 May 2013
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