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ABOUT US

Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) is a nonprofit institute of higher education founded in August 2010 by Dr. Sima Samar, the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. GIHE offers higher education services in accordance its Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Economics registration. Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education was named after Queen Gawharshad Begum of the Timorid Empire who had a leading role in the development of arts, science, literature, philosophy and architecture in Afghanistan in the 15th century. GIHE offers undergraduate degree programs in Economics, Management, Business, Law, Political Science and Engineering. At the end of 2013, the total number of students was 1394, 31% of them female, and the total number of faculties is 81. GIHE puts special emphasize on women’s education, and through the Women’s Empowerment Centre (WEC) is working to facilitate female education in GIHE. More than 300 female students have benefited from the services of WEC.

Foundation:

The Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) was founded in August 2010 by Dr. Sima Samar, a prominent human rights activist. The GIHEis a nonprofit higher education institute registered with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Economy. Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education was named after Queen Gawharshad Begum of the Timorid Empire who had a leading role in the development of arts, science, literature, philosophy and architecture in Afghanistan in the 15th century.

Mission and values:

The mission behind the activities of GIHE is to prepare competent and committed leaders for the future of Afghanistan, leaders who will respect and promote the universal values of human rights and the principles of an open society through an educational program that has fully incorporated these values. Given the particular situation of women in Afghanistan, GIHE gives special priority to providing space and opportunity to female applicants. Tolerance, civic responsibility, and critical thinking have special places in GIHE’s learning environment.

Faculty and Students

GIoHE has a total of 73 faculty members. All the faculty members are Afghans holding M.A. and PhD. degrees from universities in the US, Europe, Australia, India, the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia.
Gawharshad is the most diverse private university in the country. It has students from all 34 provinces of the country and all ethnic and religious groups in Afghanistan. It has also the highest rate of female enrollment  in the country with about  38% of  female students.

Gawharshad Women Empowerment Center

As part of its mission to create greater space and opportunity for women, GIoHE has established a Women Empowerment Center, which organizes capacity building programs for women and helps sponsor women’s education. The department has played a considerable role in ensuring women’s participation in the academic life of GIoHE.

The founder:

The founder of GIHE is one of most prominent human and women’s right activists in Afghanistan and internationally. Dr. Sima Samar was born in 1957 in Ghazni. After finishing her high school education, she entered the Medical Faculty in Kabul University. She established a nongovernmental organization (NGO) named the Shuhada Organization (www.shuhada.org), helping thousands in the education and health sectors. Currently she is working as the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. The importance of education and especially higher education was the main reason Dr. Samar founded GIHE.

Board of trustees

GIHE has a distinguished Board of Trustees. Prominent Afghan leaders and academics such as Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Dr. Azam Dadfar, Minister Ehsan Zia, Dr. Sima Samar, Dr. Alema, Professor Hamid Layan, Professor Azam Banwal, Mahbuba Huquqmal, Dr. Alima and Dr. Zahir Fahimi serve in the Board of Trustees of GIHE. Several Afghan senior civil servants also teach at GIHE. The support from these individuals makes GIHE a distinguished institute among other private universities in the country.

Statistics:

Student’s distribution

(Gender):

Male: 1583 (69%)

Female: 711 (31%)

Total: 2295

Student’s distribution

(Field):

Economics Management: 432

Law: 1001

Political Science: 299

Business: 446

Civil Enjineering: 103

Student’s growth(year):

2010:115

2011: 487

2012: 1071

2013: 1394

2014: 2295

Student’s distribution

(Shift)

Morning: 1263 (55%)

Evening: 1032 (45%)

Number of new studens in 2014:

901 Students

Looking Ahead

GIHE is continuosly looking for the development the followings are the plans for the year ahead:

  1. Launching a comprehensive Data base, which computerizes the institute data mangement and information flow.
  2. Launching a new undergraduate programs in computer science.
  3. Launching postgraguate program in Law and Political Science.
  4. Establishing Peace Department
  5. Establishing Gender Studies Department
  6. Internship program for female students, jointly with GIZ Afghanistan.
  7. Small business program for female students of Economics, jointly with GIZ Afganistan.

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