A New Era
Today, more than half of our students are living and studying outside Afghanistan, hosted at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani in Kurdistan, the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, and Bard College in the United States, or living independently and studying online from across the globe. Yet we remain acutely aware of the dangers and challenges faced daily by those students, faculty, staff, and alumni who remain in Afghanistan. We are working without pause to bring all to safety.
The coming year will see the establishment of AUAF’s new branch campus in Doha; the launch of an ambitious new institute for Afghanistan research and teaching, located at the campus of the Venice International University on the Island of San Servolo; and an expansion of online programs to reach students inside Afghanistan’s borders and around the world.
- 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
- Ms. Shamim Jawad
- Dr. Ayesha Sherzai
- Dr. Nilofar Sakhi
- Mr. Nitin Madhav
- Mr. Harvey S. Schochet
- Ms. Leslie M. Schweitzer
- Mr. David S. Sedney
- Ms. Hanaa Soltan
- Mr. Chris Taylor
- Mr. Sear Yagana
- Ms. Debra Zumwalt
- Dr. Morwari Zafar
- Ms. Christine Drinan
Make a Difference
With your support, we can help meet the unique needs of AUAF students, faculty, and staff.
Your donation will help ensure that AUAF students can continue their education while our evacuation and rehabilitation efforts are constantly underway. The needs of the AUAF’s students and community members are changing every day and our ability to provide for them during these unprecedented times depends on your donation.
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.