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From April 2012 to December 2015 the PCPM at the University of Potsdam supported the project "Strengthening Public Administration Education in Afghanistan" funded by the German Foreign Office and the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) GmbH and conducted by the UP Transfer GmbH at the University of Potsdam. As part of the academic component of the project five public administration faculties at the universities in Mazar / Balkh, Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Nangahar were built.
The team led by the project leaders Prof. Dr. Harald Fuhr and Prof. Dr. Werner Jann assisted the Afghan universities both in academic and organizational matters. The project included 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 was 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. From this perspective, every year several coachings were held by professors at different locations in Afghanistan. Supplementary one-week intensive coachings were held in cooperation with local government academies in Ankara (TODAIE) and New Delhi (IIPA).
The Afghan lecturers were also supported in their professional training, e.g. on applications on further education courses or participation in international conferences.