Fervently believing in the efficacy of promoting education as the key to empowering our nation to break the cycle of violence, respect universal values of human rights, foster socio-economic development and sustain civil society in Afghanistan, Dr. Sima Samar founded the non-profit Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education which especially focuses on providing greater opportunity for women, less economically advantaged and marginalized students through tuition subsidies and scholarships.
The name Gawharshad comes from the queen Gawharshad Begum of Timorid Empire, 15th century, who had a paramount role in the development of art, science, literature, philosophy and architecture in Afghanistan.
About 130 faculty members
Total – About 2660
Total – 1180
Competency and Leadership
The GIHE library includes 15000 volumes, 6000 in Dari, 130 in Pashto, 6000 in English and French and about 3000 magazines and journals.
The following faculties offer courses and award academic degrees.
Faculty of Economics and Management
Faculty of Law and Political Science
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Faculty of IT and Software Engineering
English Language Department that supports learning and teaching of English throughout GIHE.
Communication Department that expands national and international communication and partnerships.
Quality Assurance Department, GIHE established Quality Assurance Department (QAD) in March 2015. This Department is responsible for ensuring the quality of educational services, collecting and analyzing the reports from academic Centers, and reporting the results to the academic deputy of GIH
Women Empowerment Center which has the obligation to ensure active participation of women in the arena of academic education and to facilitate their full development of the potentialities in the service of the country and of humanity.
GIHE Peace Center is strongly committed to Institutionalize Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Afghanistan’s Higher Education.
Counseling Center is a center for counseling and psychological services at Gawharshad institute of higher education is a hub for educational, psychological, career and marriage counseling.
Research Center, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) has established the current Research Center (RC). It is hoped, this Center with professional academic background could bring a positive change in academic research by conducting research based on professionalism and world accepted standards.
Students pay an average of 30000, 36000 and 50000 Afghani (720 USD) annually toward the cost of a GIHE education in humanities (Law, Political Science, Economics and Management), Computer Science and Civil Engineering respectively.
SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID
GIHE has awarded 1091 scholarship since 2010 for GIHE students from different majors. GIHE has awarded 203 students with full scholarship and covered 63 students with 50% of their educational cost in 2016.