American University of Afghanistan (AUAF): Oasis in Kabul
USAID supports AUAF as it expands its undergraduate program, increases enrollment, and implements a fundraising plan to increase its financial independence. AUAF offers English language undergraduate and continuing education programs in the U.S. liberal arts tradition. Degree programs are offered in liberal arts as well as market-driven fields such as business administration and information technology. AUAF's Foundation Studies Program, a pre-university experience, brings potential students to the levels of English and math required for admission to AUAF. Besides addressing critical skills shortages in Afghanistan's workforce, AUAF's Professional Development Institute courses in English, information technology, leadership, and project management generate income to contribute to managing the university's operations. AUAF has also launched the university's MBA program, making it the first Western-style MBA in Afghanistan. The university held its first graduation in May 2011 at which 32 students (8 female) received degree certificates in various disciplines.