A Look at Advanced Education in Afghanistan
Advanced education in Afghanistan is not just a means of learning a little more about art or math or science. Rather, advanced education in Afghanistan offers hope for the future. At the American University of Afghanistan, although women's rights in the nation have a troubled history, around one third of the school's population were female at last check.
The school boasts close to 2,000 students, and their graduation ceremonies represent not only a generation of young people making their way into the world, but a generation of Afghan people looking to make a better tomorrow for their homeland. A burden rests on the shoulders of these young adults to lead their country into an age of peace and enlightenment.
And this gets us to what it takes to study in Afghanistan. Studying in Afghanistan is not something to consider if you just want to make use of their great mathematics programs or earn a few credits for your medical degree. The universities in Afghanistan are good and getting better, but the real reason to study in Afghanistan is because you take an interest in the future of the country, in human rights, in the advancement of rights for women everywhere, and in the cause of peace.
Studying in Afghanistan demands that one goes in with both eyes open. The simple fact of the matter is that Afghanistan, though not as dangerous as it was just a few years ago, is still a country torn by war and rife with social, cultural and governmental problems. The next generation of Afghan students and Americans and Europeans who go to Afghanistan to study necessarily must take an interest not only in their chosen professional field, but in the cause of human rights.
Essentially, studying in Afghanistan comes with a certain degree of responsibility. If you want to relax on the beach between classes, then you may want to consider study in the Caribbean islands. If you want to enjoy local culture, then you may want to consider study in Hong Kong or London. If you study in Afghanistan, you're going to be confronted face to face with many of the problems that face our generation around the world.
NATO has agreed to a withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, but Taliban and anti-Taliban forces are expected to push, political and potentially in combat, for power following the withdrawal. If you are considering visiting Afghanistan to study, you would be well-advised to have an exit strategy in place in case the situation worsens, and know how to get to the US embassy from wherever you're staying and studying. For anyone who is serious about learning about human rights and middle eastern politics firsthand, we don't mean to discourage you, only to let you know the reality of the situation so that you can go in properly prepared and well-informed.
We don't want to tell you not to study in Afghanistan, but know that parts of the country are still dangerous, and the situation remains sensitive. This being said, studying in Afghanistan will be a tremendous learning experience for future leaders and innovators in public service.