26 state and 50 private institutes bring higher education toAfghanistan. Within the last 7 years, enrolment numbers have
Despite this growing interest, Afghanistan’s security forces andNATO still face a persistent Taliban insurgency. “Some provinces’schools and universities are closed because of the uneasysituation. But in the country’s capital, Kabul, you can clearly seehow the youth are aspiring for new knowledge,” comments AbdurrahimNurbakhsh from the Higher Education Ministry.
As public universities struggle to accommodate the increasingdemand for higher education, private institutes start filling thevacuum. Even European universities create local campuses to fosterthis development. Only in 2009, the Swiss University of Management,Economics and Finance (
“We teach in Persian [Dari] and in English. All of ourprofessors are from Switzerland, Singapore and France. All of ourclassrooms are equipped according to European standards,” statedDunya’s Deputy Administrator Muhammad Yaqub Nuri.