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Successful Strategies for Afghan Faculty Members Studying Abroad

Afghanistan University Linkages with North American Institutions of Higher Education: Lessons Learned and the Way AheadJanuary 25-26, 2011Ball State University-Indianapolis CenterIndianapolis, In


Dr. YarEbadi, Dean of College Of Business Administration, Kansas State University

Dr. Julie Barker Lebo, Educational Consultant


  • Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Balkh University, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

  • Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

  • Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, India

  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA


  • Strengthening Higher Education Project, Ministry of Higher Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (funded by the World Bank)

Faculty Goals

  • A significant number of lecturers at Kabul and Balkh Universities in the Faculties of Engineering and Languages and Literature who have only a bachelor’s degree earn a Master’s degree at a foreign university

  • The lecturers become proficient in English

  • The lectures acquire skills in best-practice teaching methods

  • The lecturers become current in their discipline

  • The lecturers learn how to conduct academic research

Successful Outcomes of the Project

  • 12 MAgraduates

  • Continual presence of Kansas State faculty in Afghanistan

  • Curricular revisions

  • Assistance with student advising and placement

  • Use of Lab/equipment assistance

  • Renewed interest in partners’ countries

Outcomes, cont.

  • Academic linkages

  • Research collaboration

  • Grant opportunities

  • Publishing opportunities

Strategies for Selection of Faculty

  • English language proficiency

  • Academic ability to meet international standards

  • Openness to meeting and working with others

  • Ability to be away from their families for at least three years

  • Financial means to be abroad for at least three years

Strategies, cont.

  • Willingness to try new teaching methods

  • Flexibility

  • Willingness to work hard academically.

Successful Strategies for Faculty While They are Studying

  • On campus housing

  • Meal plan

  • Support for health issues

  • Adequate academic advising

  • Plug students into existing campus resources

  • Financial advising regarding monthly budget

  • Relationships

  • Support for academic success:

    • Understanding a syllabus

    • Study skills

    • Test prep

Strategies, cont.

  • Time management

  • Homework

  • Writing skills

Strategies for Faculty Members Upon Return to Afghanistan

  • On-going professional development

  • Opportunities for professional and academic advancement

  • Utilization of new-found knowledge

  • Research capability

  • Publishing opportunities

  • Capability of participation in professional organizations

Strategies, cont.

  • Grant opportunities

  • Professional pay scale with merit pay

  • Enhanced working conditions

  • Leadership roles within the university and civil society

  • Opportunities for university partnerships and fellowships

  • Business and civil partnerships


  • It is important to select the candidates for study abroad carefully, taking into account predictors of success

  • It is often more convenient and less expensive for Afghan university teachers to earn Master’s degrees in other Asian countries

  • It is important to diversify the places where the faculty members receive their degrees.

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