Dr. Sharif Fayez, former minister of higher education and founder of Americans University of Afghanistan (AUAF) passed away on Thursday at the age of 73.
Dr. Fayez was born in 1946 in western Herat province of Afghanistan. He has served as minister of higher education from 2001 to 2007. He founded AUAF in 2006.
Zia Sahel, head of Publications at the Ministry of Higher Education said that Dr. Fayez’s death is a great loss to the people and academic community of Afghanistan.
The Presidential Palace in a statement said that Dr. Fayez was death due to illness.
Conveyed his condolences for the demise of Dr. Fayez, President Ghani described late Dr. Fayez as a brilliant professor and said that he played a significant role in enlightening the society and adorning the young generation with science and knowledge.
“His services are appreciated and his death is a great loss for the academic community of Afghanistan,” Ghani said in a statement.