A New Era
AUAF continues to educate many hundreds of students in Afghanistan and among the diaspora, online and in person at Education City in Doha, Qatar. As their need multiplies, our commitment intensifies – to delivering the highest academic quality, to equal opportunity for women, and to a better, more just society.
Online education offers hope and opportunity to women barred from universities inside Afghanistan’s borders. AUAF’s new operations in Qatar provide safety and freedom to those whose studies have taken them abroad but whose hearts remain in their communities at home. All come together in hybrid classrooms fostering critical thinking, civic engagement, and career readiness.
Nowhere else can young Afghan women and men receive an international, accredited education tailored to their diverse and distinctive heritage and attuned to their unique perspectives. Until the day we return to our campuses in Kabul, AUAF lives in the minds of its students and the accomplishments of its alumni – who prove what we have always believed, that education will prevail.
- Online Programs
- Serving Students in Afghanistan & Abroad
- Undergraduate and
Graduate Degree Programs
- A New Life for AUAF at Education City
- Research and
- Preserving Afghan History and Culture
The American University of Afghanistan empowers rising leaders with knowledge, skills, and agency to define their own individual and collective futures.
As a beacon of educational quality and academic freedom, AUAF embraces equal opportunity for women and minorities, preserves and amplifies Afghan history and culture, and creates connections between Afghanistan and global society through teaching, learning, and research.
Freedom & Responsibility
Promotion of Pluralistic Ideas
Free Expression & Inquiry
Personal & Professional Integrity
Habib’s Fight for an Education While Remaining in Afghanistan
Habib is a senior AUAF student pursuing a B.A. in Data Science while currently enrolled in MIT’s ReACT program – a year-long online learning program offered by MIT that opens up education-to-employment pathways for talented refugees, displaced populations, and underserved communities worldwide. The program combines a rigorous academic curriculum, immersive skills workshops, professional internships, and experiential learning opportunities to provide students with the hands-on skills and experiences needed to accelerate their journey.
Habib, who taught himself to code in python before starting his freshman year at AUAF, is one of the only one-hundred individuals from around the world to be accepted into the ReAcCT program, which has an acceptance rate of only eleven percent. He credits much of his success on the program’s entrance exam to AUAF, stating, “much of my course-work at AUAF, specifically on statistics and probabilities, were very helpful towards the exam.Read More
Mursalina Continues Her Education at AUCA
Not a global pandemic or a national ban on women’s education can stop Mursalina from empowering Afghan girls. Mursalina is a sophomore AUAF student currently taking courses at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan while remaining as dedicated as ever to educating girls and young women back home in Afghanistan.
At just eighteen years old, even before her start at AUAF, Mursalina founded her own non-profit organization in Afghanistan titled Girls Towards Leadership. When she arrived at AUAF, Mursalina was overwhelmed by the number of students, girls and boys, eager to get involved. Together, they continue teaching girls leadership skills, English and are empowering them to pursue their academic interests while remaining in Afghanistan. Mursalina also started a Girls Up club at AUAF and will also start one at AUCA.Read More
Fulbright Student and AUAF Alum Works Towards her Women and Gender Studies Master’s Degree at University of Kansas
Continuing her education was something Amina was not willing to sacrifice. With the help of Fulbright, Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute, and AUAF, Amina left behind her home country of Afghanistan, her family, and everything she knew. Although unimaginably traumatic, she said leaving Afghanistan was necessary because “the best way to become a leader is through education.” This strong belief has driven her to become the extraordinary woman she is today.
Amina, a Fulbright scholar with a book-worth of accomplishments, has a joint AUAF and Stanford Law degree, a master’s degree in Law from a university in Eastern Europe and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at a university in the US. Although her situation has changed entirely, she refuses to let circumstances get in the way of her goal of becoming a college professor, scholar, and writer– raising awareness to issues she is passionate about while creating an army of empowered leaders.Read More
Board of Trustees
- Mr. Arsalan Lutfi Chair
- Mr. Emal Dusst First Vice Chair
- Dr. Kerry Healey Second Vice Chair
- Mr. William Hammink Treasurer
- Prof. Erik Jensen Secretary
- Dr. Ian Bickford President
- Dr. John Alexander
- Mr. Farhad Azima
- Mr. Christian Destremau
- Dr. David Edwards
- Dr. Jonathan Fanton
- Mr. Robert Gangi
- Dr. Ayesha Sherzai
- Amb. Said T. Jawad
- Mr. Harvey S. Schochet
- Ms. Leslie M. Schweitzer
- Mr. David S. Sedney
- Ms. Hanaa Soltan
- Mr. Chris Taylor
- Mr. Sear Yagana
- Ms. Debra Zumwalt
- Ms. Christine Drinan
- Ms. Malia K. Du Mont
- Ms. Alexian Wines
Make a Difference
With your support, we can help meet the unique needs of AUAF students, faculty, and staff.
Every day, AUAF’s students in Afghanistan set aside fear and uncertainty to sign into classes, joining our new global community in the pursuit of knowledge and opportunity. Learning has never represented a greater act of courage.
Your gift will directly and immediately support the next generation of leaders in Afghanistan. Help us provide 100% financial aid to every student who needs it. Help us restore opportunity for women and girls whose education has been stolen from them. Help us maintain the highest standard of quality for online teaching and learning. Help us connect our students to the world outside Afghanistan – technologically, socially and academically.
Friends of AUAF hosts an annual fundraising event to corral support for the university and raise donations to ensure that students may continue their education, regardless of their ability to pay.
While the context for our annual event on October 6th, 2021, changed after August 15th, the purpose did not. Friends of AUAF raised an unprecedented amount in donations and the night proved to be successful in re-inaugurating our mission to educate young Afghan women and men for a future of their own making.