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AUAF launches QGC scholarship programme

AUAF launches QGC scholarship programme

Dec 19, 2017 - 18:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The American University of Afghanistaninfo-icon (AUAF) launched the Qasemi Scholarship Programme at AUAF, a statement from the university said on Tuesday.  

Leaders from the private sector, the government and civil societyinfo-icon attended the event.

During the ceremony, a contribution of $140,000 was made by the Qasemi Group of Companies (QGC), and another $40,000 by Aria Target Group.

“Today is a historic day, both for the AUAF and the Afghan private sector.  We all work towards the betterment of Afghanistan. Together we will continue to train the future leaders of Afghanistan, who will be building a stable, prosperous and democratic society.” Said Dr. Kenneth Holland the President of the AUFA during the ceremony.


Following the Afghan United Bank Scholarship fund to AUAF, which was launched in August 2017, this is the second major event in which the Afghan private sector sent a strong signal that it believed in the University’s mission, and would support it through different corporate social responsibility giving, the statement added. 

Annie Pforzheimer Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the United States of America, congratulated AUAF on its successful partnerships through a video message and added: “Private philanthropy propels institutions like AUAF forward, and AUAF will propel Afghanistan. In other words, Afghan businesses are contributing to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan by supporting higher educationinfo-icon including through scholarships. 

QGC is one of the nation’s largest Afghan owned companies. It is a major player in different product lines and services, from construction services to fuel supply, from transportation to hospital services – among others.

Mr. Farid Ahmad Noori, Executive Advisor to QGC said: “Qasemi Group is committed to strengthening its long lasting relationship with AUAF.” He encouraged other stakeholders in the private sector to join forces and invest in institutions that produce the human capital needed to put Afghanistan on the path to development and excellence.  

Following the 2016 attack on the University, AUAF came back better and stronger with the motto of Education Will Prevail; with the support of the Afghan community, particularly its private sector, it is carrying out that creed every day. In a message that was read by Mr. Sareer Barmak, His Excellency Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior, said: AUAF’s story is an Afghan story. It is the story that we will always get back up after we fall.



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