San Antonio, Texas
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Accomplishments and Lessons Learned A Partnership between University of Hartford and Herat UniversityAbstractIn 2007, the University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology, andArchitecture, in West Hartford, Connecticut began a partnership with the Faculty ofEngineering at the Herat University, in Herat City, Afghanistan. The goals of the projectwere to use a combination of curriculum revision and development, faculty development,distance learning and collaborative projects, and local/internal partnerships to establishthe Herat University Faculty of Engineering as the preeminent Engineering program forWestern Afghanistan.Once a part of Kabul University, the Faculty of Engineering became a permanent part ofHerat University in 2004. After functioning in Kabul for approximately 20 years, theEngineering program was closed following the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the1980s. The program also temporary relocated to Pakistan in the 1990s. Although theuniversity was officially open in Herat City during the five years of Taliban rule,programming and resources were extremely limited. Many of those constraints remain inplace as the new Afghan government seeks to rebuild Afghanistan’s Higher EducationSystem.The partnership between University of Hartford (UH) and Herat University (HU) wasaccepted for funding by the World Bank in 2006. Before the partnership began, all theengineering instructors at HU had bachelor’s degrees only, with extremely limitedopportunities for graduate study or professional development, including technology in theclassroom, pedagogical innovations, and student-centered learning.Since the partnership began a total of 17 instructors from Herat University pursued theirmasters’ degrees in different disciplines of engineering at the University of Hartford. Inaddition to their coursework leading to a master’s degree, they shadowed UH instructorsand through this mentoring, they are learned technological applications available and areinstalled at HU via the World Bank and USAID funding), and they developed andupdated, student-centered course materials, assessment methodologies, and plans forcontinuing education and professional development strategies. A number of theinstructors also have implemented the Mechatronics and Architecture programs. Thesetwo curriculum areas have been developed collaboratively by HU and UH, and beganrunning in 2010.This paper will address the key successes achieved as well as the challenges encounteredin developing a robust partnership between countries with such different histories,cultures, educational philosophies, and resources.
Keshawarz, M. S., & Alnajjar, H., & Azimi, A. (2012, June), Accomplishments and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20885
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