Conference on “The Importance of Universities Financial –Administrative- Academic Independence in Improving the Academic Quality of Higher Education”

National Centre for Policy Research, partner of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with Kabul University held a one day conference on “The Importance of Universities Financial –Administrative- Academic Independence on Improving the Academic Quality of Higher Education” on September 26, 2018. Held in conference hall of Turkish Language Faculty of Kabul University, the conference gathered around 170 people including the chancellor of Kabul University, officials from ministry of higher education, professors, civil society activists and students. The aim of the conference was to galvanize discussions around the reforms of higher education in Afghanistan so that it can efficiently respond to the countries compelling needs for expertise in various fields and provide academic services. The conference got started with an introductory speech by prof. Abdulbaqi Banwal, NCPR director; he welcomed the respected guests and briefly explained the activities of KAS and NCPR. Also, the chancellor of Kabul University and the advisor minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Higher Education Affairs, Professor Hamidullah Farooqi, pointed the cooperation of KAS and the activities of the NCPR, acknowledged the current conference as important and necessary and appreciated efforts of the leading colleagues. He added that the conference was considered essential for the Academic, Financial and Administrative independence of universities, especially for the Kabul University, and pointed out a number of key points in that regard. a presentation on the current Academic Review program which is implemented recently in Afghanistan universities was presented by Mr. Haroon Hairan. A question and answer session was held at the end where the participants shared their views and raised questions about the advantages of universities autonomy.