Khyber Medical University (KMU) in Peshawar is accelerating its efforts to establish a proposed campus in Kabul, Afghanistan, following a meeting between a high-level Afghan delegation and KMU’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq. The Afghan delegation, led by Dr. Nazar Mohammad, Director of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, included Dr. Rafiullah Atta, Vice-Chancellor of Afghanistan International Islamic University in Kabul, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Zahid, Dean of the Agriculture Faculty, Dr. Abdullah, Dean of the Engineering Faculty, and Hafiz Sami ul Haq, Coordinator of the Higher Education Department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The meeting also had participants from KMU, including Registrar Inamullah Khan Wazir, Director of Academics Dr. Zilli Huma, Prof. Dr. Lal Muhammad Khattak, the focal person for the Kabul Campus, and Deputy Director of Affiliation and Monitoring, Mohammad Tayyab.
The Afghan delegation expressed that peace has been fully restored in Afghanistan after a prolonged conflict, and their focus is now on the country’s welfare and development. They emphasized the need for cooperation from the international community and neighbouring countries like Pakistan. They outlined their priorities, including education, public health facilities, infrastructure restoration, and job creation. The delegation acknowledged Pakistan’s historical support to Afghanistan and sought further collaboration with KMU.
The delegation also stressed the importance of receiving expertise in medicine, public health, engineering, and agriculture. As the only medical university in the region, KMU can play a pivotal role in guiding and assisting Afghanistan in various aspects of medical education, including medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nursing, and allied health sciences.
Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq updated the Afghan delegation on the progress of the proposed KMU campus in Kabul and confirmed that KMU has fulfilled all the necessary documentary and legal requirements for the campus’s establishment. He expressed readiness to start the project once the Afghan government provides a suitable building. Any of the previously identified locations would be suitable for launching the project, as determined during a KMU delegation’s visit to Kabul the previous year. Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq emphasized that the project would provide Afghan students with access to higher education and training in various medical fields, leading to internationally recognized degrees from KMU. The Afghan delegation assured that they would promptly engage with the Afghan government and senior officials from the Department of Higher Education to expedite this valuable project.