4 Afghan universities selected for EU programme
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan universities have qualified for a key education programme of the European Union. Called Erasmus+ programme, the initiative is aimed training youth and promoting sports, the EU said on Wednesday.
Kabul University, the Tabesh Institute of Higher Education, the Information and Communication Technology Institute in Kabul and Nangarhar University are among the successful institutes selected for the 'Capacity building for higher education programme'.
The institutes would take part in three-year programmes, within consortia of universities in Europe and Asia, to support their human and technical capacity, curriculum development and deepening international relations capacity.
A statement from EU said an MA programme in migration studies would be established in Afghanistan. The results of the international credit mobility programme, the other key component of Erasmus +, which allows student and staff exchanges, will be available soon.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Prof. Osman Babury said: "We appreciate the efforts and assistance of the European Commission in Kabul, which has helped Afghan universities to take part in such extraordinary program. This will help us to internationalise Afghan higher education.”
Erasmus has enabled over three million European students for 25 years to spend part of their studies in another country in Europe. It is now an opportunity for Afghanistan, according to head of section at the EU Delegation to Afghanistan.
Mario Giuseppe Varrenti said: “We are delighted that the number of applications from Afghan institutes has considerably increased and that more Afghan universities and students will take part in the programme in the coming years."
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