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developed the required skills base to establish their own enterprises and/or find suitable employment in the region, with or without further support from the project.

There has been difficulty in finding suitable graduates that wish to remain in Badakhshan province. To ensure that the interns remain in the locality, they will be eligible for further project support to establish viable enterprises of their own. It is anticipated that this approach will not only encourage graduates to remain in the locality, but also increase the demand for internship placements.

PLANNED FOR NEXT QUARTER

The Khurasan University Mentorship Program’s aim will combine skills from both the academic community and the business community to collaboratively provide mentorship to 90 young students/professionals. Led by a dedicated team of professionals, Khurasan University of Modern Science in Afghanistan (KUMSA) was established in 2006 with a goal to help rebuild Afghanistan’s educational system. As a private university, KUMSA is an independent, self-governing institute. KUMSA has partnered with Management Institute of Canada (MIC) to offer internationally recognized degree and diploma / certificate programs for both men and women. Taught by a highly qualified faculty with real-world experience, students receive management skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s highly technical and fast-paced global marketplace.

As the implementing partner, KUMSA will identify a total of 90 business students/young professionals who are in the workforce or about to enter the work force to provide hands on mentoring. Three sets of 30 students/participants will each endure a 4 month mentorship program. Six faculty advisors will counsel 30 students to identify the students’ career interests. Based on the student’s interest, the faculty advisor identify SMEs where the student will put in practice the skills learned in the classroom. The faculty advisor and the SME business leader/owner will provide professional mentorship to the student during the 4 month work period. The mentorship will be hands on and intensive with the faculty advisor meeting with the participant and the SME on a weekly basis. The faculty advisor in close collaboration with the SME business leader will provide technical guidance to the participant regarding work related issues, what it means to be a professional and will provide counseling on career related issues.

ASMED met with AIBM and the Economics faculty of Herat University to discuss implementation of a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program for the western region. Herat University is very interested to participate in this project. AIBM submitted a proposal and the target launch date in March 2008, pending ASMED COP and USAID approval.

ASMED will coordinate with other offices to plan a mentoring program. The target is to create 40 mentoring opportunities in 2008 in Herat.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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