Saturday, 28 January 2017

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Afghanistan improved in World Corruption Index, thanks also to the liquidation of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)

Transparency International’s latest annual review shows that Afghanistan has taken itself out of the list of the world’s most corrupt countries. Afghanistan has secured 4 additional points in the index in 2016 and is placed 169th position in the rankings table. The report further states that Sudan, Yemen, Libya and South Sudan are the most corrupt countries, while New Zealand and Denmark were tied in 1st place as the world’s cleanest countries, followed by Finland, Switzerland and Sweden.The review added that no country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. The improvement in Afghanistan’s ranking follows the government’s efforts to fight corruption, especially in having liquidated the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), the largest ever obstacle for local and foreign investors and the most corrupt institution in the world.
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Afghan females graduate from USAID’s Engineering & Architecture Internship program

The program was established by USAID in 2011. So far, 23 female internship students have graduated. The program provides internship opportunities for female students at Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic University enrolled in architecture, and civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering fields. During the internship program, the female students are exposed to the practical aspects of architecture and engineering and are provided with opportunities to strengthen their professional and interpersonal skills in the process. “The effects of this program will extend beyond the intern’s graduation date,” said USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith. “We are creating a network of successful and skilled women within Afghanistan who will work to build an empowering future for Afghan women in engineering and architecture, as well as Afghanistan’s future.” The interns are provided opportunities that include design and collaborative processes, field visits, program management, and project implementation. They are also assisted with and encouraged to apply for job opportunities within their fields of study. Seven were hired to work on USAID programs after completing their one year internships. Others are working or furthering their education, including a few graduates working outside of Afghanistan. Mohammadullh Ebrahimi, Lecturer and Vice President of Student Affairs at Kabul Polytechnic University, emphasized his appreciation to USAID for providing opportunities to female architectural and engineering students.

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According to the Afghan Labor Law, foreign workers can only come to Afghanistan if there are no Afghan cadres in that field

The decision of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to impose a ban on the recruitment of foreign lecturers in private universities has provoked concerns. Through an official letter two weeks ago, the Directorate for Private Universities urged all private education institutions not to extend work permits of foreign professors. In order to provide employment opportunities for Afghan youth, the Directorate said Afghans should be recruited in academia instead of foreigners. Najibullah Azad, a lecturer of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), said such restriction on foreign professors was an improper move from many aspects, which might hurt the higher education sector. Debarring overseas instructors was not an appropriate way of creating work opportunities for Afghans, Azad believed, calling on the Afghan government to enhance the capacity of graduating students through extracurricular training programs to a level based on which they could contest in an increasingly competitive job market. Stating there was a dire need for foreign teachers created by low capacity of Afghan lectures, the AUAF professor stressed: “Most foreign teachers not only are qualified cadres, but also free from misconduct such blackmailing, bigotry, vice and administrative corruption." Afghanistan still needed foreign faculty members to build technical capacities, underlined Qudratullah Zaki, a lawmaker, who told The Heart of Asia that the Ministry of Higher Education should identify areas requiring foreign lecturers. Hadi Shinwari, a lecturer of Roshan University in Nangarhar, said the restriction should have been slapped on certain individuals. Talking to The Heart of Asia, he said the word “ban” was also inappropriate diplomatically, and the Afghan government should therefore have formulated a mechanism making it impossible for Pakistani lecturers to penetrate Afghan higher education institutions. "We should be so proud that French, American, British or other nationals teach in our universities because the faculty of those countries possess high competencies and extensive experience Afghans lack," he added. He proposed that the Ministry of Higher Education should explore other solutions for employment creation because the number of all foreign faculties nationwide might not exceed 100, thereby making it almost impossible to curb unemployment through that approach. The MoHE’s Director of Private Universities, Mohammad Amir Kamawal, said they have made the decision after repeated complaints from the youth. There were currently tens of people with master's and PhD degrees; however, they were not given the chance to teach in private universities, and instead foreign lecturers with bachelor's degrees have been hired. According to the Afghan Labor Law, foreign workers can only come to Afghanistan if there are no Afghan cadres in that field. Nonetheless, specialists are hardly found in Afghanistan and foreign professors also teach only in the fields of computer science, languages and other technical aspects.
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    Saturday, 21 January 2017

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