Strengthening the Public Administration Education in Afghanistan
Since April 2012, the Potsdam Center for Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam supports the project "Strengthening Public Administration Education in Afghanistan" funded by the German Foreign Office and the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ). As part of the academic component of the project five public administration faculties at the universities in Mazar / Balkh, Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Nangahar are built.
The team led by the project leader Prof. Dr. Harald Fuhr and Prof. Dr. Werner Jann assists the Afghan universities both in academic and organizational matters. The project includes the training of the Afghan lecturers as well as suggestions on the establishment and development of the faculties, for example in the further development of the curriculum or the development of context-sensitive teaching materials. The content is geared to the wishes of the Afghan universities with a particular focus on the expansion of South-South cooperation as well as on building a sustainable academic network that endures after the end of the project in 2014. From this perspective, every year several coachings are held by professors at different locations in Afghanistan. Supplementary one-week intensive coachings are held in cooperation with local government academies in Ankara (TODAIE) and New Delhi (IIPA).
The Afghan lecturers are also supported in their professional training, e.g. on applications on further education courses or participation in international conferences.