In Feyzabad, the Badakhshan University was handed over new facilities for four faculties, administrative offices, classrooms for up to 200 and dormitories. The buildings were originally built as a Police Training Centre but have been converted into academic facilities, ready for immediate use by the university.
Prof. Obaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education, Governor Dr. Shah Waliullah Adeeb and Dr. Cornelius Zimmermann, Germany’s Consul General to Afghanistan, joined Wolf Plesmann, Portfolio Director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for the official handover of new buildings to the Badakhshan University in the capital of the province, Feyzabad on Saturday.
The newly converted buildings for the university were destined to house the region’s Police Training Centre. Following a change in the police training strategy of the Ministry of Interior Affairs though, there was no need for a large facility anymore. This decision was taken in due time to adjust the former police training buildings that will now serve as offices, classrooms and a canteen for students of politics, theology, engineering and computer science. In addition, the buildings will also offer dormitory space for students from further afield who cannot afford to rent housing in Feyzabad.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Dr. Zimmermann said, “It is an honor and a pleasure for me to assist in today’s handover ceremony of the new campus of the Badakhshan University. Badakhshan is a province which is well known for its rich tradition in education, poetry and culture, and I can literally sense the enthusiasm people have for education. We are counting on the young generation to build a new Afghanistan step by step. And I can assure you that Germany is truly committed to assisting her Afghan friends and partners to bring about a better future.”
The AFN 375 million in costs for construction of the buildings were financed by the German Federal Foreign Office. Local construction companies were contracted and the buildings adhere to maximum standards of modern constructions, with state-of-the-art earthquake protection, heat insulation solar power sources for heating water, generators, an own well and cistern technology, fixed pavements and paths. Besides classrooms, administrative offices, a canteen, multi-purpose hall, the grounds and the buildings also come with guard housing, prayer rooms and technical engineering facilities. The area of the grounds is approximately 43,000 square metres. With the handover of the buildings to the Badakhshan University, the campus is ready for immediate use.
On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH promotes construction of police facilities through its programme for police reform. Besides building police training centres in Mazar-e Sharif, Kabul, Kunduz, and Faizabad, the programme has also helped build a station for the Border Police Department at Kabul Airport and a logistics centre for the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul. As local construction firms are commissioned, the funds invested flow into the regional economy. In addition to the construction work, GIZ also trains police staff in how to maintain these buildings sustainably.