Enlarge image Afghan students (© picture-alliance / Mika Schmidt) The DAAD special academic rebuilding programme, which emanated from the university partnerships of the 1960s and 1970s, focuses on the subject areas of economics, geo-sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, and German language, literature and regional studies. The central pivots of this academic rebuilding programme are the pedagogical and academic further training of Afghan university teaching staff and the development of new curricula and teaching materials.
In addition to Kabul University, the universities of Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kandahar are also included in the programme. On the German side, teaching staff from the universities of Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Bochum, Würzburg and the Technical University Berlin are enthusiastic partners in the rebuilding of institutions of higher education in Afghanistan. They organise seminars and study visits in Germany for their Afghan colleagues and regularly visit Afghanistan on a guest lecturer basis. At the Kabul and Herat universities, DAAD is represented by teachers of the German language, who are responsible for building up the German departments and the co-ordination of DAAD special programmes.
With its "Lucky 40" programme, the Embassy supports the group of the 40 best students of every year in a special way. They take part at a four-week intensive IT course at Bochum University accompanied by an extensive programme offering social, poltical and cultural events. Back in Afghanistan, a number of seminars and symposia are being organized in order to strengthen the network among these students and build a future elite of decision makers.