Kabul Polytechnic University Participates in International Research Conference in Kazakhstan

A delegation of the Faculty of Geology and Mines of Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU) took part in the scientific and practical conference “Minerageny of Kazakhstan” in Almaty, Kazakhstan, followed by a three-day visit to the Kazakh National Research Technical University (KazNRTU). The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) supports the KPU in establishing new ties with foreign universities and with the integration into the academic community.

More than 100 scientists from 10 countries (mainly from Central Asia) came together to discuss new research in the field of geology. There, KPU’s scientists also presented their paper:“The geological structure and genesis of Qara Zaghan gold deposit.”

Besides exchanging new scientific developments, the conference was an ideal place to network with other scientists within Central Asia. One of the Afghan delegates said, “This conference will be a great opportunity for us to communicate with scientists from different countries to further strengthen academic relations.”

For further development of academic relations, the delegates of KPU met their colleagues from Kazakh National Research Technical University after the conference. During this three-day meeting, the Afghan scientists took part in a diverse programme organised by their Kazakh counterparts, meeting high representatives of KazNRTU and visiting university laboratories. The stay at KazNRTU also included a field trip to an area of geological interest in the north of Almaty.

The main topic of all meetings was the future cooperation of KazNRTU and KPU, focussing on creating possibilities for Afghan students to take part in field excursions and internships in Kazakhstan.

The programme Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) since 2014. AMEA aims at improving academic mining education in Afghanistan to facilitate the full utilisation of the Afghan extractive sector’s potential. To achieve this objective, the programme has been helping to modernie university training for the mining sector and adapting it to local needs in close cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Afghan Ministry of Mining and Petroleum (MoMP) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Among other activities, the project has organised academic courses, scholarships and internship programmes in Iran, Germany, and China for more than 200 Afghan students and lecturers so far, providing them access to up-to-date technical knowledge and innovative teaching methods. At the same time, the programme has provided practically oriented advanced training and networking events on mining education for almost 300 Afghan university lecturers. 

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