Improving Afghan Mining Education

Field Visit in Iran
11 experts of the Afghanistan Geological Survey and three lecturers of Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU) attended a three-week field training in geosciences in Yazd, Iran. Now, they returned to Kabul. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan supported three KPU-lecturers to participate in this training. This is one of many activities organised by the Afghan-German Cooperation to help to strengthen international cooperation between universities, state institutions and donor operations in the Afghan mining and geology sector.

 “A more focused and effective collaboration between different donor organisations is vital and necessary for developing the mining sector in Afghanistan”, Fredrik Karell from the Geological Survey of Finland says.

Cooperation between the different institutions of Afghanistan, Finland, Iran and Germany brings together experts and scientists from various backgrounds. This helps to build relationships as well as exchanging knowledge in the field of geosciences to strengthen the Afghan mining sector.

Topics were geophysics, hydrogeology and building stone exploration assessments. Experts of Iranian companies joined the workshop. They gave an economic perspective, sharing experiences.

“This training taught us advantages we need for our companies and how to get them. It is a win-win situation for all sides”, an employee of the building stone company Pardis Mine Co.

Also, all participants joined the IR-ODEX workshop, a seminar organised for students and field experts, and visited the “Esfordy and Choqart Iron mines”. “A very inspiring excursion where you get in touch with a lot of international experts. You learn a lot from all the discussions”, Prof. Iqbal from KPU said.

The training in Iran is part of the ongoing project “Cooperation in Mining and Exploration Geophysics”, conducted by the Geological Survey of Finland in Afghanistan. Together with the Geological Survey of Iran, the Geological Survey of Finland organised the training.

The programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) since 2014. AMEA aims at improving academic mining education in Afghanistan to facilitate the full utilisation of the Afghan extractive sector’s potential. The programme has been helping to modernise university training, adapting it to industry and labour market needs and building an educational network in close cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Afghan Ministry of Mining and Petroleum (MoMP) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). So far, AMEA has organised academic courses, scholarships and internship programmes in Iran, Germany, and China for more than 200 Afghan students and lecturers providing them access to up-to-date technical knowledge and innovative teaching methods. The programme has also provided practically oriented advanced training and networking events on mining education for more than 300 university lecturers since 2014.

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