University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a university in Sydney, Australia. The university was founded in its current form in 1988, although its origins trace back to the 1870s. It is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities. It was ranked 4th in Australia in the CWTS Leiden Ranking and 28th on the Times Higher Education list of “100 most international universities in the world”.
In June 2013, UTS signed a memorandum of understanding with Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education to help provide education opportunities through access to online lectures, resources and grow the exchange of ideas between academics and students in the two countries. Dr Burridge, a researcher at UTS, visited Kabul and saw first-hand the conditions in which Afghan women struggle to learn and said, “In the future, if the political climate permits, we would hope some level of academic exchange could take place”. UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor William Purcell said, “The support being offered to the Institute was a reflection of the University’s commitment to raising education standards internationally and its values of social justice.”
Since 2013, UTS has assisted in fundraising for scholarships and conducted joint research with GIHE on educational aspirations of young women in Afghanistan – particularly living in Kabul – and the challenges and barriers they faced. In July 2016, Dr. Samar visited UTS to further develop the collaborations to overcome the significant and enduring obstacles for Afghan women seeking a path to pursue higher education.