University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP)

  • Duration: December 2013 - December 2018
  • Value: $91.9 million


The University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) supports Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education and selected public universities to offer Afghan students higher education that is relevant to the job market.

The project links universities and potential employers in the public and private sectors, helps Afghan higher education institutions create and tailor curricula to market needs, and strengthens the management of 11 public universities. Those universities are Kabul University, Kabul Polytechnic University, Kabul Medical University, Kabul Education University, Nangarhar University, Herat University, Balkh University, Kandahar University, Kunduz University, Khost University, and Jowzjan University.


  • USWDP prepares staff and provides resources to the Ministry of Higher Education. These resources aim to strengthen their management skills, including procurement and finance, curricula development, and accreditation.  
  • USWDP improves academic programs, and links to public and private sector employers, so that new academic degrees fit the demand for trained workers.


  • USWDP and the Ministry completed a market research and determined the most essential education programs. Those programs are business administration, information technology, psycho-social counseling and food services.
  • In August 2014, USWDP helped Kabul Polytechnic University launch an Information Technology Associate Degree program. The first class of 28 students (eight women, 20 men) will graduate in December 2016.
  • In March 2014, a second class of Masters of Public Policy and Administration candidates entered the program that USWDP helped start at Kabul University. Twenty-four students (six women, 18 men) are enrolled in the degree program and will graduate in December 2015.
  • USWDP has agreements with five universities throughout Afghanistan to establish or substantially improve more than 20 workforce specific academic programs.
  • USWDP assisted the Ministry of Higher Education to finalize a five-year higher education strategic plan and gender strategy, deliver training on research to faculty members, and to implement quality assurance and accreditation standards and higher education management information systems.

Last updated: October 26, 2015

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