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Private Universities to Prioritize Hiring Afghan Citizens over Foreigners PDF Print E-mail
  
Saturday, 14 January 2017 16:21

During a press conference at the GMIC, Minister of Higher Education Farida Momand announced that all private universities operating within Afghan laws are required to give priority to Afghan citizens during their recruitment process.

Minister Momand said “We have many talented Afghans with Masters Degree and PhDs who are unemployed and need to be recruited into these institutions.” She added that with this new decision, many educated Afghans would find employment. 

Minister Momand also announced that the scholarship issue with Iran has been resolved following effective diplomatic engagement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Iran in 1390 will come into effect as of 1994.  Based on this MoU, Iran will offer the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 500 scholarships in different fields annually.  She said out of these 500 scholarships, 290 Afghan professors will get masters and PhD scholarships this year alone.

“This has been a problem for the past six years; the new MOHE leadership resolved this issue within a few months”, said MoHE spokesperson Faisal Amin.

In addition, Minister Momand added that Saudi Arabia will also offer Afghanistan 400 scholarships annually.  She said contrary to the past, these scholarships will be channeled through MOHE now.

Mr. Amin said MOHE is determined to provide the best possible services to the people of Afghanistan and will regulate all Higher Education Institutions.  According to Mr. Amin, UMEF University is not registered in Switzerland which means they cannot open any branches outside Swiss for now, and that their branch in Kabul is closed down.

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