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 120 faculty members
Total – About 2800
Total – 665
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.
Research Department that serves as the guidepost for the campus to reach its full potential in research and scholarly activities.
Quality Assurance Department has the mandate to assure consistent quality and continuous improvement.
Communication Department that expands national and international communication and partnerships.
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.
Peace Center that promotes and provides peace education for GIHE students.
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
All female students from all majors (this year 923, equaling 35% of the total) are granted 20% of discount. Furthermore, since 2010, GIHE has awarded 203 students with full scholarship and covered 50% of the educational cost for a number of 63 students.