University graduates’ potential being exploited
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The private sector has been trying to benefit from knowledge capacity and ideas of university graduates in the country’s economic development, participants of a conference in northern Balkh province observed on Tuesday.
Arranged in collaboration with universities in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, the conference was attended by the Balkh Chamber of Commerce officials, private sector workers, local universities’ employees and some civil society activists.
Dr. Mohammad Zahir Jabbarkhel, deputy head of the University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) project and an organiser of the conference, told Pajhwok Afghan News the $92 million USWDP was being financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Launched in August last year, USWDP is aimed to improve administration and academic quality in Afghan universities by training faculty members and students to international standards, improving the quality and relevance of academic programs, and enhancing the accreditation system within the Ministry of Higher Education.
Dr. Jabbarkhel said the project also aimed at strengthening relations between public sector universities in the eight economic zones and the private sector and paving the ground for the private sector to exploit the potential of university graduates in economic development and creating jobs for them.
Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry official Arsh Younasi told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the conference that university graduates could contribute to the economic development as a better workforce.
He said today’s conference was aimed at exploring ways how to create jobs for university graduates and use their potential in the country’s economic development.
He said it was agreed at the conference that the private sector would invest in ideas and plans of graduates from Balkh University and this way to create jobs for them and enable them to contribute to the country’s economic growth. To the effect, he said, the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and the Balkh University signed a memorandum of understanding to joint work in this regard,
Deputy administration and financial affairs director at the Balkh University, Prof. Abdul Haq Haqiq, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government alone lacked the ability to launch and complete academic projects,
He said there had been a great need of cooperation between the private sector and universities to develop the workforce, something possible through such efforts, He said the Balkh University was ready to cooperate with the Chamber of Commerce in the workforce development.
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