The American University of Afghanistan is Afghanistan’s only private, not-for-profit, non-partisan and co-educational university. It opened its doors in 2006 with an initial enrollment of 50 students, and today enrolls more than 1,700 full and part-time students. It has produced 97 Fulbright Scholars and maintains partnerships with the world’s most prestigious universities, including Stanford University, University of Nebraska, and the University of California network.
AUAF attains accreditation status from the Ministry of Higher Education. The school is accredited for five years. AUAF will continue quality assessment and program review efforts to meet and exceed national standards and continue work on international accreditation through partners such as the Unive
AUAF had a successful reopening in March after the dreadful attack of August 24th with management of the acting president, David Sedney. Dr. Holland joined AUAF as the president during the month of June. On July 15th, AUAF had its seventh annual commencement ceremony with AUAF community. A total of
On August 24th 2016, American University of Afghanistan was attacked by terrorist groups, which lead to the University closure for over 7 months. After reconstruction the University was re-opened on 27th March 2017. Furthermore, defying setbacks, a team of AUAF law students won the Spirit Award at t
Dr. Mark English was selected as the Acting President of AUAF after Dr. Michael Smith stepped down from the position after serving for 6 years. On April 2nd, AUAF students elected their first ever Student Government Association (SGA) female-president, Samira Abrar. After establishing the AUAF’s firs
In January, the University admits more than 150 new students to its FSP and UG programs, bringing the total number of students in those programs to 879. PDI enrolls more than 800 students, a record. In February, the university breaks ground on its $5 million International Center for Afghan Women’s E
The University opens the spring semester in January with its first convocation. Enrollment rises to 789 students, including 21 percent women. In May, the University holds its first graduation ceremony and holds a groundbreaking ceremony for faculty and staff housing on the new campus. In August, a n
Enrollment increases to 550 students. New degree programs—the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration—are approved by the Board of Trustees. The design of the new campus is completed with support fr
In August, the Board of Trustees appoints Dr. C. Michael Smith as the university’s president. Through a $5 million grant from USAID, the University installs a state-of-the-art e-learning facility so that students can benefit from collaboration with other universities within the region and as far awa
In June, U.S. First Lady Laura Bush announces $42 million in funding from USAID over five years. By the end of the year, enrollment in the undergraduate and Foundation Studies programs reaches almost 350 students.
The University implements its first vision and academic plans, and begins offering summer courses.
In March, AUAF admits its first group of 53 students to its Foundation Studies Program, designed to strengthen student’s English language and study skills. In September, the first credit-bearing undergraduate courses are offered, along with the first adult professional level programs.
In March, U.S. First Lady Laura Bush visits the site of the new University and announces a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch the institution.
On a five-acre site that is part of the land lease, two buildings, heavily damaged in combat between Afghan and Soviet forces in the 1980s and the resulting factional war, are repaired for office and classroom use.
The University’s Board of Trustees conducts its first meeting in Dubai, U.A.E.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education grants a charter to the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) under Article 46, Chapter 2 of the Afghan Constitution and Article 445 of the Civil Code. The Coordinating Council of International Universities, based in the U.S., initiates a feasibility
In an address to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), U.S. First Lady Laura Bush announces support for educational initiatives in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad gives strong support for establishing the American University of Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan High Commission for Private Investment offers 99-year leases on two large tracts of land, in southwest Kabul near the gutted Darulaman Palace, to develop a private university. The American University of Afghanistan Foundation is chartered in Delaware as a nonprofit philanthropic orga
Dr. Sharif Fayez, the Afghan Minister of Higher Education, proposes the establishment of the nation’s first independent university, and in a speech to the nation, President Hamid Karzai stresses the importance of education to the country.