The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev) partnered with Jawzjan University in Afghanistan to strengthen the country’s higher education sector and create a market-oriented curriculum that increases students’ exposure to innovative technologies. This program was funded by USAID’s University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP).
Specifically, the objectives of the partnership are to:
- Revise and develop a market-oriented curriculum for Jawzjan University Faculty of Engineering’s Bachelor in Oil and Gas Extraction (BOGE) program;
- Improve the quality of faculty teaching skills through professional development trainings, short-term upgrading courses, and third-country university tours;
- Strengthen Jawzjan University’s governance structure to implement the new curriculum and evaluate teaching standards to ensure a high standard of academic achievement;
- Improve the learning environment at Jawzjan University by expanding the academic and professional resources available, thereby elevating academic achievement, bolstering the employability of graduates and increasing students’ access to job markets; and
- Increase the representation of female students and employees by working with local NGOs to strengthen and implement Jawzjan University’s gender inclusion strategy through culturally appropriate means.
To achieve these objectives, ConDev held a kick-off meeting in Kabul that brought together Jawzjan University, USWDP and Texas A&M University stakeholders. During the meeting, the Texas A&M team provided professional development training and worked with a local NGO—the Shuhada Organization—to conduct a gender assessment of Jawzjan University. Together, they created a workplan detailing specific objectives and a timeline for the partnership.
As part of this project, ConDev has held several Professional Development Training Workshops for Jawzjan University faculty members; coordinated the procurement of laboratory equipment; finalized a new oil and gas extraction program curriculum and quality teaching and learning materials relevant to market-oriented knowledge and employability; established individual mentorships between Texas A&M and Jawzjan University personnel; and explored internship opportunities for students in Jawzjan’s energy sector.
If you have any questions regarding the Jawzjan University of Bachelor of Oil and Gas Exploration Partnership, please contact ConDev Program Coordinator Derek Tobias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Duration: November 2016 – March 2019