Achievements & Perspectives
With financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the World Bank and the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology (MIWFT) of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the IEE is supporting the rehabilitation of Afghan Faculties of Management and Economics through a range of interlinked activities. Since 2002, the following results have been achieved:
In order to improve the standard of academic training in Management and Economics in Afghanistan, a new uniform Bachelor (BSc) curriculum was developed in cooperation with the RUB’s Faculty of Management and Economics and is in the process of being implemented throughout the country.
Production of Teaching & Learning Materials
In order to support the implementation of the new curriculum with adequate teaching and learning materials, eleven textbooks (equivalent to the subjects of the new curriculum) have been produced in English, Dari and Pashto since 2004 and made available to the partner faculties and other relevant institutions in Afghanistan. In addition, the IEE has recently published a professional, multilingual Dictionary of Management and Economics. The dictionary consists of two volumes (volume 1: Dari-English-German; volume 2: Pashto-English-German). The dictionary is also available online.
Bachelor Upgrading Program for Afghan Lecturers
In order to upgrade the standard of academic teaching in Management and Economics, between 2004 and 2014 already 80 lecturers from eleven Afghan partner faculties have completed an intensive Bachelor Upgrading Programme
at the Faculty of Management and Economics of the RUB on the subjects of the new Afghan curriculum.
Master-Level Training for Afghan Lecturers
Between 2006 and 2013, fifty-one Afghan lecturers from four partner faculties have successfully completed a Masters programme at the RUB (46 graduated with an MSc in Management and Economics
and five with an MA degree in Development Management). In August 2014, another 19 Afghan lecturers will start their Master-level studies at RUB and are scheduled to graduate in August 2016.
The latest project to support the Afghan partner faculties of the RUB is the eCampus Afghanistan
, an internet-based learning management system. With funds from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Program and technical support of the RUB's eLearning department RUBeL, all lecturers and students at the Afghan partner faculties are now having online access to a full set of up-to-date course materials, interactive communication tools and readings for the new BSc in Management and Economics in English, Dari and Pashto as well as to the multilingual Dictionary of Management and Economics.
The eCampus Afghanistan is open to accommodate other cooperation programmes in support of higher education in Afghanistan.
Visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. President Hamid Karzai, at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Spring 2007
Photo: H.E. President Karzai signing the University's Golden Book; Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler, Rector of RUB.
It is planned to continue with the Bachelor upgrading and MSc programmes until the partner faculties are equipped with a sufficient number of well-trained staff to implement the new standard BSc curriculum in Afghanistan. Moreover, the Afghan BSc in Management and Economics shall become formally accredited in the near future. This will ensure international compatibility and transferability of the programme. It will also allow Afghan students to get admission to international master programmes until such programmes will - eventually - become available in their own country. To address Afghanistan’s research needs related to management and economics, the IEE has invited the best Afghan Master graduates into a research stay to prepare their PhD research proposal to join one international PhD programmes from 2015.
Visit of the Minister of Higher Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Azam Dadfar, at the RUB in Winter 2008 (Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Presse-Info).
Photo (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Loewenstein, H.E. Minister, Dr. Mohammad Azam Dadfar, Dr. Sami Noor, Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler