Three new market-oriented degree programs have been launched in Herat University thanks to the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to the statement released by USAID, the programs are including a Master’s program in Business Administration, an Associate Program in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology.
The degree programs were launched with the support of USAID’s University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP).
“USWDP partners, the University of Massachusetts and Purdue University collaborated with Herat University to develop these degrees to internationally acceptable standards,” the statement added.
As further noted in the statement, the MBA program is designed to target essential managerial, strategic, and analytical needs in the Afghan public and private sector while the Food Technology program prepares students for employment in Afghanistan food industry.
The Associate Degree in Business Administration is a two-and-one-half year program designed to equip students with specialized technical and administrative skills to meet the needs of Afghan job market.
“The launch of the new degree programs is an important step toward economic development and self-reliance in the country, and I thank USWDP, USAID, and the partnering universities for their support in establishing these degree programs,” said Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Governor of Herat.
“By offering more degree choices, especially in business administration and food technology, Afghanistan students are given a great opportunity to contribute greatly to the nation’s continued success,” said USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith.
Over the past four years, USWDP has partnered with the Ministry of Higher Education, Herat University, and ten additional public universities in Afghanistan to design 32 new and support existing workforce-relevant degree programs.