Professor Dr. Najibullah Khaja Omari, Minster of Higher education has paid visit to Herat Province in order to inaugurate Scientific Research Center, Quality Assurance Internal Unit, and Professional Development Center for Herat University’s faculty. He also paid visit to and observed private higher education institutions in the city.
With presence of Abdul Qayum Rahimi, Herat Governor, at inauguration ceremony, Professor Dr. Najibullah Khaja Omari said, one of priorities of Ministry of higher Education was to create research centers, encourage, and foster scientific research so that instruction in Higher education system happened to put forward solutions for social problems based on applied research.
Ministry of Higher education also noted that the ministry tended to step forward improving and internalizing standard research methods because conducting scientific research and employing the results for developing and advancing the society were of high significance. On that note, Scientific Research Directorship has been created in organizational structure of the ministry as well as scientific research centers in all universities within the country especially Herat University to facilitate research process and provide related services.
He also said, Ministry of Higher Education aimed to pave the way for universities to get their financial independence; therefore, they could be self-sufficient in terms of conducting scientific research and providing related services.
Minister of Higher Education expressed his thanks to government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, World Bank and other donors which persistently supported the ministry to promote academic programs.
Professor Dr. Abdullah Faiz, Herat University’s Chancellor, gave the guests a warm welcome in the beginning. Subsequently, he mentioned that establishing the centers was a big achievement for scientific society and he expressed his thanks to Ministry of Higher Education for supporting academic programs in Herat University, faculty’s and students’ academic capacity building, and awarding scholarships for Herat University.
Dr. Faiz also called for necessary and complete cooperation of the ministry for designing and running Masters’ programs for colleges of Agriculture, Laws, and Medicine.
He further emphasized the substituting depository knowledge to critical and conscious knowledge. He also noted that promoting conscious knowledge and critical thinking would change Afghanistan to an independent and prosperous country, keeping up with global society. It could be done only by paying attention to high quality education, creating scientific research centers, and promoting research culture.
Herat University’s Chancellor also wanted both faculty and students use the services in scientific research center for conducting standard research based on needs of the society.
Associate Professor Dr. Ahmad Shah Mohammedi, head of Scientific Research Center in Herat University, expressed his thanks to Ministry of Higher Education and World Bank, and then said that since universities were centers of generating science, inauguration of such centers would really pave the ways for conducting more scientific research, increase quality of education, and lead to positive changes in all societal levels.
Then, Minster of Higher Education, Dr. Najibullah Khaja Omari listened to and discussed Herat University’s existing problems, challenges, needs, administrative personnel, and Masters’ programs with the university’s board of directors, deputies, college deans, and the faculty.
At the end, professor Dr. Abdullah Faiz, Herat university chancellor, brought forward proposals to Minister of higher education for( a) reinforcing and developing the relationships between public universities and private higher education instructions, (b) conducting national evaluation to measure capability, and assure level of qualitative and quantitative standards in private higher education institutions, (c) editing books and translating resources, (d) and employee reward and recognition systems.