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Kabul Polytechnic University holds first IT associate degree graduation

Kabul Polytechnic University holds first IT associate degree graduation

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May 30, 2017 - 18:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Kabul Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of the first 28 graduates, including eight females, obtaining an associate degree in Information Technology (IT) last week as part of a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

USAID launched the University Support and Workforce Development Program’s IT Associate Degree (USWDP) in 2014 with support from the Central Georgia Technical College. The two-and-one-half year degree program addresses local market needs and meets international standards from community college education.

 “This first cohort of graduates from the USWDP’s IT Associate Degree program should be proud of their achievement and how hard they worked to earn that associates degree,” a statement quoted USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith as saying.

“This graduation illustrates the linkage between universities and potential employers in the public and private sector, and the importance of this program to help educate more Afghan youth in the field of technology,” he added.

During the ceremony, Prof. Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, deputy education minister, congratulated the graduates and wished them huge success.

Other speakers at the event included Mohammad Sayed Kakar, Chancellor of Kabul Polytechnic University, Dr. Wahid Omar, Chief of Party of USWDP, and Dr. Joseph Berger, Director of the Center for International Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Each expressed their gratitude to USAID and USWDP for their financial and technical assistance in developing the new degree program.

Graduates also thanked USAID and USWDP for their support.

“We are grateful for the establishment of this associate degree as it has given us the tools to enter the job market and be ready for it,” said Sara Qaderi, one of those received the associate degree in IT.

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