Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education’s Research Department (GIHERD)
Research is an important part of development. Academic world cannot progress in the absence of well established and well functioning research institutions. Strong research institutions pave the way for societies to grow and have strong human resource that could produce the required knowledge for various spheres of humanities.
Nevertheless, Afghanistan as a newly established democracy faces numerous challenges in different arenas. To identify the mechanism for consolidation of its democracy and institutionalizing its government, there is strong need for research institutions that could provide a through and up to date research in rich capacity. Moreover comprehensive research can identify and define the required policy needs of numerous spheres, and facilitate designing the strategy which could be implacable to that context. In the same time, strong research institutions would allow to evaluate the situation and formulating policies based on correct data. However, lack of such strong research institutions has remained the biggest challenge for materializing these potentials in Afghanistan.
Considering the above background, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) has established the current Research Department (RD). It is hoped, this Department with professional academic background could bring a positive change in academic research by conducting research based on professionalism and world accepted standards.
The Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education’s Research Department (GIHERD) aims to create an academic space addressing important policy issues concerning Afghanistan in all three national, regional and international levels. Moreover the GIHERD aims to establish a culture of research in academic sphere and enrich critical thinking. The Department is also looking to direct the research conducted in GIHE towards more international and professional research ethics. The activities and programs of this Department are based on the principles of professionalism and internationalism with particular attention to human rights and democratic values.
Objective and Goals
The Research Department will be functional under the authority of Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education and is devoted to provide qualitative, quantitative, non partisan and policy oriented research. Moreover quarterly magazine, translation of books, articles, reports, academic seminars and workshops are part of Department’s subject matter. Finally the Department is focusing on having academic relations with other research institutions and universities in and outside Afghanistan.
Research Focus Area
This Research Department will be focusing on research areas such as;
Sustainable Economic Development
Description of the Research Department
The directorate is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Department. It will coordinate activities of each unit and provide the required professional guidance. Furthermore it will have representation in every meeting held between each unit of the Department and outside body. It will facilitate linking of this Department with other research institutes and universities in and outside Afghanistan. Moreover, the directorate will be responsible for the annual report of the Centre to the Chancellor of the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education.
Qualitative and Quantitative Research
This unit will conduct qualitative and quantitative research according to the overall goal of GIHE and will be focused mainly on topics/research areas identified in the Aims and Goal part. To have smooth function, the unit consists of two permanent researchers. However, the unit will cooperate with different faculties of the GIHE in the related research field and also try to include students of GIHE in the data collection part of concerned research.
This unit is producing quarterly academic magazine twice a year. The contents of academic quarterly magazine would be academic papers from established scholars in and outside of Afghanistan. Being as a bridge, the unit will cooperate with different faculties and student community across GIHE to get their papers published in academic journals.
Seminars and workshops
This unit will organize academic workshops and seminars on important and burning issues of the world and Afghanistan. The unit along with other branches of the Department will invite the Afghan professionals and specialists for seminars and workshops.