Promoting Academic Mining Education: New Equipment for Kabul Polytechnic University

Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) handed over five fully-equipped classrooms for up to 280 students to Kabul Polytechnic University’s (KPU’s) Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Department. In the past, the learning environment was often missing vital equipment. The activity is another step towards ensuring high-quality education for students at KPU. The equipment’s costs amount to AFN 2.3 million.

KPU’s Chancellor, Prof Kakar, emphasised: “In this comfortable learning environment, teachers can focus on the teaching and students will be alert, embracing the learning objective. We thank the Afghan-German Cooperation for supporting KPU.”  

The five classrooms offer tables, chairs, whiteboards, TVs, projectors and other modern equipment. The new furniture creates a more comfortable space for learning. Whiteboards and TVs provide opportunities for innovative teaching. Digital content can now be included in lectures and lessons. Especially during summer and winter, air condition units ensure that weather conditions do not obstruct teaching activities.

Head of KPU’s Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Department, Prof Najaf, commented: “This activity is a great example for cooperation. Our department, with support from our chancellor and the dean of KPU’s Geology and Mining Faculty, was able to convert old rooms into a very good learning environment. AMEA provided necessary equipment and furniture.”

AMEA implements various activities to support KPU in improving teaching quality. For example, the programme facilitates the implementation of updated curricula developed by KPU’s professors and lecturers. It further supports the university in internal quality control as well as monitoring and evaluating teaching processes.

The programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) since 2014. AMEA aims at improving academic mining education in Afghanistan to facilitate the full utilisation of the Afghan extractive sector’s potential. The programme has been helping to modernise university training, adapting it to industry and labour market needs and building an educational network in close cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Afghan Ministry of Mining and Petroleum (MoMP) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). So far, AMEA has organised academic courses, scholarships and internship programmes in Iran, Germany, and China for more than 200 Afghan students and lecturers providing them access to up-to-date technical knowledge and innovative teaching methods. The programme has also provided practically oriented advanced training and networking events on mining education for more than 600 university lecturers since 2014.

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