Kabul Polytechnic University Partnership
Kabul Polytechnic University Partnership
The Civil Engineering Department in UNO is run by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty, which provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Civil Engineering including Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering.
Funds for this partnership are provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through FHI360. This partnership is part of the United States Workforce Development Program (USWDP) for Afghanistan administered by FHI360.
The project is designed to develop professional capacity in Afghanistan that addresses the needs of the growing Afghan HHS market. Addressing these needs will require updated methods of education to develop new skills. UNO and UNL will assist KPU faculty to develop updated curriculum and pedagogical skills to teach and present well-educated students that are prepared for the marketplace. UNO and UNL will help KPU faculty members to strengthen their current connections and develop new relationships with the private HHS sector that will offer internships for students and jobs for new graduates.
The Center received this grant in September 2016 and project activities will run thought September 2018. The project is designed to develop professional capacity in Afghanistan that addresses the needs of the growing Afghan HHS market.
The goals of this project are:
Policy Document Development
Teaching and Learning Material Development Training
Learning Assessment Training
Research Capacity Development
Admission Policy Strengthening
UNO and UNL will assist KPU faculty to develop updated curriculum and pedagogical skills to teach and present well-educated students that are prepared for the marketplace. UNO and UNL will help KPU faculty members to strengthen their current connections and develop
new relationships with the private HHS sector that will offer internships for students and jobs for new graduates.
Objectives for the project:
To develop new curriculum and develop quality teaching and learning materials relevant to the market-oriented knowledge and employability.
To develop the teaching skills of KPU faculty in quality teaching. Finally
Expected results of the program include having faculty with enhanced teaching capability and faculty prepared for Master graduate advisors in KPU. Ultimately students at KPU will be better prepared to enter the growing HHS sector in Afghanistan. UNO and UNL faculty will benefit from their exposure to Afghan faculty who will provide unique strengths and life experiences. Shared dialogue and cultural exchange will enhance the sustained relationship among UNO, UNL and KPU and advance mutual understanding among the citizens of the US and Afghanistan.
Future activities developed for continued partnership with Kabul Polytechnic University comprise of:
UNO and UNL faculty will visit KPU campus to team-teach with KPU faculty using their new curriculum. While there, UNO and UNL faculty will help KPU faculty further revise curriculum to meet the needs of their student cohorts and to polish their new interactive pedagogical skills. Further, UNO and UNL faculty will assist KPU faculty in developing and implementing their research projects.
In addition, UNO will also ensure communication with KPU faculty through virtual means of communication by arranging skype calls and sharing information through other means of Information Technology.
UNO will also be providing KPU with textbooks and other material for specific classes and subjects to be taught at the Department of Engineering. These books and material will be jointly identified by Afghan and American faculty with a goal to address the needs of Afghan students.
The anticipated results, both short and long-term, are for the Afghan professors to assist in the improvement of instruction and curriculum for Kabul Polytechnic University in Afghanistan, and the enhancement of understanding between the people of Afghanistan and the USA.
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