Supporting recovery in Afghanistan through leadership links
(l-r), Professor Douglas Tallack, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess presenting a copy of his book 'Reflections of the University of Leicester' to Professor Safi of Kabul University, and Professor Mike Petterson
Devised by the British Council, it will see experts from UK universities helping their Afghan counterparts to develop the vital management skills required to help them rebuild their country.
Afghan universities suffer from a chronic lack of funding, infrastructure, and staff - but the demand for higher education is huge, having grown from around a hundred students in 2001, to nearly 100,000 today. Consequently, the Afghan government asked the British Council to assist in managing the rapid growth of the sector.
Professor Mike Petterson of the Department of Geology, Dr Mark Goodwin of the Department of Genetics and Registrar and Secretary Dave Hall have volunteered to be part of the project which aims to give Afghans a chance to improve their lives and their country.
And by building better links with Afghanistan it is hoped that the academics will be able to share their experiences with students and colleagues in Leicester, thus aiding our understanding of life in Afghanistan as it recovers from the conflict.