In Afghanistan’s higher education system, Professional Development Centers (PDCs) are the core entities that function within universities to enhance the academic, professional and organizational capabilities of higher education institutions. These structural bodies are tasked with an important mission to offer capacity-building programs for the faculty members and administrative staff on continuous basis. They aim to maintain their knowledge and skills consistent with advancements taking place in the field of higher education around the globe. They are expected to bring about academic forums and dialogues and develop a wide range of networking at national and international levels.
In October and November 2020, as a part of the Hollings Center’s program on South Asia Higher Education, a 20-day training workshop on Outcome-Based Education (OBE), Student-Centered Learning (SCL) and Curriculum Development was conducted at Bamyan University. It served faculty members and administrators of Bamyan University, Daikundi Higher Education Institute, Ghor Higher Education Institute, and Bamika Private Higher Education Institute. Over the course of the program, 60 participants attended. The program included trainers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
This program was made possible with the further support of the Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education, the Higher Education Development Program, and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.