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Afghanistan delegation expresses admiration of AIT’s work                                
Afghanistan delegation expresses admiration of AIT’s work A delegation from Afghanistan has expressed admiration of the work done by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) stating that it was “very impressed with AIT’s academic environment.” The delegation also sought a framework agreement with AIT, and invited the Institute’s representatives to visit Kabul to formalize the agreement. 

Led by Mr. Rohullah Osmani, Director General, Programs Design and Management, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the delegation also included Mr. Vakhtang Svanidze, Deputy Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Afghanistan, and Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, Chief Capacity Development Advisor, National Institution Building Project, UNDP Afghanistan. 

During their visit to AIT on 21 September 2011, Mr. Osmani remarked that AIT’s contribution towards capacity building in Afghanistan is impressive and sought continuation of the endeavour. Mr. Svanidze stated that UNDP will be very happy to facilitate AIT’s work in Afghanistan.

The delegation met the AIT President Prof. Said Irandoust, who delved on AIT’s commitment to capacity building in Asia. He added that AIT is keen to help post-conflict countries like Afghanistan. The AIT President also invited the Government of Afghanistan to become a signatory of the new AIT Charter. The delegation visited AIT Consulting where it’s Executive Director Dr. Naveed Anwar, informed them about AIT’s partnership with Balkh University, Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan. They also toured the AIT campus to learn more about its offerings and facilities.

Others who attended the meeting included Prof. Sudip Kumar Rakshit, Vice President for Research; Dr.Weerakorn Ongsakul, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); Dr. Nitin Kumar Tripathi, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Dr. Jonathan Shaw, Director, AIT Extension; Dr. Pritam Krishna Shrestha, Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO); and Ms. Sumana Shrestha, Program Officer, ERCO.

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