Memorial Ceremony for Dr. Sharif Fayez
On February 14, 2019, The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) commemorated a memorial ceremony for Dr. Sharif Fayez, Founder of AUAF and former Minister of Higher Education of Afghanistan, at AUAF International campus. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, H.E Chief Executive of NUG, Dr. Kenneth Holland, President of AUAF, Mr. Jawed Ludin, member of AUAF’s board of trustees, Mr. Abdul Tawab Bala Karzai, Academic Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Fayez’s family members, and other high government and non-government officials.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a speech by Dr. Kenneth Holland highlighting the significant work of Dr. Fayez at AUAF and his contribution to the higher education of Afghanistan. “Dr. Sharif Fayez was not only the founder and a professor of this university but a great mentor and advisor to me as well” said Dr. Holland.
H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of National Unity Government, expressed his condolences to the family of Dr. Fayez. He named Dr. Fayez a great scholar, a teacher, a servant of Afghanistan and a good friend. He said, “Dr Fayez always contributed and distributed his vision and efforts into bringing modern education to Afghanistan by building AUAF.”
Mr. Jawed Ludin, Mr. Abdul Qadeer, Dr. Fayez’s nephew, and Mr. Karzai shed light on the contribution of Dr. Fayez on how he dedicated all of his energies to rebuilding universities, seeking buy-in from neighboring countries as well as around the world.
Dr. Fayez, AUAF's gentle and brilliant Founder, will be deeply missed by the university community and all those who knew him. We honor his legacy by continuing his work to provide a world-class education to all Afghans.