USAID Afghanistan University Support & Workforce Development Program (USWDP)


In 2002, Afghanistan had 45,886 university students. In 2013, the number has grown to 123,579.   Despite this progress, increased focus is needed on the quality and relevance of academic programs and on managing the expansion of tertiary education to keep pace with burgeoning demand. USAID Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program, is designed to help Afghanistan’s higher education professionals effectively manage the growth of tertiary education while improving academic quality. Building on the successes of the Afghanistan Higher Education Project (HEP, 2006-2014) and other initiatives, the program will improve the management capacity of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and up to 10 public universities.


  • Work closely with ten public universities, i.e. Kabul University, Kabul Polytechnic University, Kabul Medical University, Kabul Education University (Shaheed Prof. Rabani Education University), Nangarhar University, Herat University, Balkh University, Kandahar University, Kunduz University and Khost University to improve their management systems, academic programs, and links to public and private employers.
  • Strengthen MoHE systems and management capacity to enable the Ministry to successfully foster and navigate a tertiary education environment, which will be more decentralized, and will serve as a conduit for realization of national strategy goals as delineated in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy.
  • Conduct a series of studies to examine university-level management capacity to deliver quality education services and the linkages between tertiary education and the workforce in Afghanistan.


  • MoHE has established the policy for financial autonomy at public universities, and  the national system of Quality Assurance and accreditation
  • MoHE has the ability to receive on-budget funding, and its management system is gender sensitive
  • Academic programs are modern, robust, high quality, and relevant to the needs of employers in Afghanistan
  • Male and female graduates of associate degree and bachelor’s programs have the necessary skills to find relevant entry-level professional employment as well as leadership-level professional employment
  • University instructors develop courses and conduct research that contributes to their field of study

Last updated: September 28, 2015

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