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Estonia Supports Development of Afghanistan’s Educational Sector


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The Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs  and Estonian Ambassador to Afghanistan Väino Reinart met with Kabul University’s Chancellor Habibullah Habib Mohammad Hassan and Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Mohammad Hadi Hedayati today in Tallinn to discuss opportunities for cooperating to support Kabul University.

According to Undersecretary Väino Reinart, supporting Afghan society in the areas of civilian and development cooperation has been a longstanding priority for Estonia in order to help Afghanistan achieve regular development. “One of Estonia’s priorities in Afghanistan is to support the development of the educational sector, and in our development cooperation we have also focussed on improving educational quality and raising the general level of education,” said Reinart. “Afghanistan needs specialists who can manage the challenges of a post-conflict society and help to successfully develop their country and society,” stated Undersecretary Reinart.

Kabul University’s Chancellor Habibullah Habib Mohammad Hassan expressed content regarding the successful development of Kabul University’s informatics department master’s programme, which occurred in cooperation with Tallinn University. The chancellor said that Kabul University is also interested in cooperation with Estonian universities in training faculty as well as hosting visiting faculty in Afghanistan.

Kabul University is implementing three IT-related master’s programs that were developed in cooperation with Tallinn University. Additionally, 12 Afghan doctoral students are being trained who will begin to teach in the framework of the master’s programmes.

The chancellor and vice chancellor of Kabul University are also scheduled to meet representatives of Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu, and the Institute of Natural Sciences, as well as those of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

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