Afghan higher education delegation arrived in Canberra

BYYasir Rehman
SOURCEEmbassy of Afghanistan


A senior level higher education delegation of Afghanistan led by Professor Hamidullah Farooqi, Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on Higher Education and Chancellor of Kabul University is arrived Australia on a five day visit.

The six member delegation will visit universities and higher education institutions in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, Afghan Embassy in Canberra said in a statement.

The purpose of this tour of education delegation is to identify and utilize the potential, expertise and experiences of selected Australian universities towards enhancing the quality of higher education in Afghanistan. This covers cooperation in the various fields including agriculture, mining, water management, curriculum development, distance learning and PhD programs. The delegation is expected to initiate and/or sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding with some Australian Universities.

Afghanistan and Australia singed the Comprehensive Long-term Partnership in 2013, which covers political, security, development, trade and investment, migration and humanitarian affairs, and cultural and people-to-people links.

Higher education was discussed as one of the top priorities during President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s historical visit to Australia in April 2017 followed by former Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Kabul and his meeting with President Ghani on 25thApril 2017. Both governments of Afghanistan and Australia recognize the importance of higher education for the sustainment of the current achievements in Afghanistan and further development in the future.