33 universities to come under quality review

The quality of education provided by 33 Afghan public and private universities and institutes will be reviewed this year, the relevant ministry said on Tuesday 20 October, writes Javed Hamim Kakar for Pajhwok Afghan News.

This comes after Pajhwok published a report on 6 October that Tanwir Higher Education Institute in eastern Kunar province conferred the Sharia Law Degree on 120 students without having a licence for the faculty from the Ministry of Higher Education.

Hamid Obaidi, spokesperson for Ministry of Higher Education, told Pajhwok Afghan News a four-day training workshop on quality assurance accreditation and review methods for higher education institutes was held on Monday 19 October. Dr Mohammad Naeem Azimi, head of the quality assurance department, said the aim of the workshop was to train reviewers and familiarise them with the criteria and evaluation process. He added that 33 public and private universities and institutes were scheduled to be reviewed. Of 165 institutes, 81 had not been accredited.
Full report on the Pajhwok Afghan News site