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KMU, USAID to introduce new engineering degree

KMU, USAID to introduce new engineering degree

Mar 05, 2015 - 18:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon) on Thursday announced a new engineering degree program with Kabul Medical University (KMU), a statement said.

A statement released by USAID said that the KMU and the USAID initiated the project at a ceremony on February 9, which was designed to train technicians on how to repair critical medical equipment.

Modern medical equipment in Afghan hospitals and clinics is often provided by international donors and frequently needs specialized technicians for proper operation and maintenance.

In certain harder-to-reach provinces, critical equipment can sit idle if trained technicians aren’t available, the statement said, adding that the new Bio Medical Engineering Technology Program (BMET) will help address this problem.

The BMET will address this gap by offering a two-and-half-year Associate Degree Program at KMU. Dr. Wahid Omar, Chief of Party for USAID’s University Support Workforce Development Program (USWDP) said: “KMU was selected as an institutional home for the BMET program because of its capacity, supportive leadership, and passionate faculty members. The team at KMU is committed to bring change in Afghanistaninfo-icon.”

The educational initiative is part of USAID’s University Support Workforce Development Program (USWDP). USDWP is a five-year, $91 million program that started in January, 2014. The program works with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Educationinfo-icon and public universities to strengthen curricula and establish new academic programs.


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