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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
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
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
Outcomes, cont.
  • Academic linkages
  • Research collaboration
  • Grant opportunities
  • Publishing opportunities
strategies for selection of faculty
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
Strategies, cont.
  • Willingness to try new teaching methods
  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to work hard academically.
successful strategies for faculty w hile t hey are studying
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 cont1
Strategies, cont.
  • Time management
  • Homework
  • Writing skills
strategies for faculty members upon return to afghanistan
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 cont2
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.