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Afghan Merit Scholars Program

In an effort to strengthen the knowledge base of practitioners in Afghanistan and our international presence in supporting best practices in civil infrastructure, our institute developed the Afghan Merit Scholars Program. Through this partnership, seven engineering faculty members from Afghanistan earned master of science degrees in engineering at Ohio University. Six were from Kabul University (KU) and the seventh from Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU). The students generally completed about a semester of intensive English before starting classes full-time, graduating in two or at most three years’ time, including English and some undergraduate classes to make up educational deficiencies (mostly in exposure to laboratory equipment in techniques). Two earned degrees in Electrical Engineering, while the others earned degrees in Civil Engineering. All returned to their respective faculty posts in Kabul and resumed teaching duties in civil engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. The expenses of the students education (including stipends and tuition) were roughly evenly divided between Ohio University funds and external funds that were ultimately supplied by USAID.