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University of Hartford Partners with Herat Engineers

The University of Hartford has been awarded a $1.3 million grant in its ongoing efforts to help strengthen the engineering program at Herat University. The grant will enable 16 faculty members from Herat University to come to the University of Hartford to pursue master’s degrees in civil and mechanical engineering. The first group will arrive later this month and two professors from Herat University have already begun their graduate studies at the University of Hartford. Herat University faculty members will be at the University of Hartford for one to two years, depending on their fields of study. In addition to bringing faculty members from Herat to the University of Hartford, the most recent grant will enable CETA faculty to travel to Afghanistan to teach, work on curriculum development, and help with improvements to the computer laboratory and library at Heart University. This project represents the strong partnership between U.S. and Afghan educational institutions.

The $1.3 million was awarded by the Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education as part of a larger grant given to the ministry by the World Bank. M. Saleh Keshawarz, a native of Afghanistan and an associate professor in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), is the principal investigator on the grant, together with CETA Associate Professors Hisham Alnajjar and Ivana Milanovic.

“By enhancing the skill level of Herat University’s faculty, we are helping to improve the education that future generations of Afghanistan engineers will receive,” Keshawarz said. “And skilled engineers are critical to the effort to rebuild
Afghanistan.”


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