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Cross-Border Collab: Insights from Afghanistan with Kardan University


Thursday, 7 October, 2021

8:00am EDT


Hosted on Zoom.


Emma Martens, emartens@gbsn.org

With the recent events in Afghanistan, the future of higher education remains uncertain. We invite leaders from GBSN member institutions to the October Cross-Border Collab to hear first hand what is happening on the ground from GBSN’s first and only member institution from Afghanistan, Kardan University. For over 13 years, Kardan University has been at the forefront of educating and developing Afghanistan‚Äôs workforce with talented specialists, managers and leaders. Join us as we hear from Mr. Mirwais Nahzat, Kardan University‚Äôs Chief Operating Officer and explore ways the GBSN network can be supportive to continue the university’s work and progress in the higher education space.

“While Afghanistan enters a challenging period of transition, we are redoubling our efforts to equip Afghan men and women with the required skills, knowledge and confidence to lead the country through this historical transformation.” – Roeen Rahmani, President, Kardan University

About Kardan University

For over 13 years, Kardan University has been at the forefront of educating and developing Afghanistan’s workforce with talented specialists, managers and leaders.

Building on its success, Kardan is strengthening its programs and services, emphasizing innovative approaches towards excellence in education, including the introduction of career development initiatives, competitive master level programs, and international accreditation of our university programs.More than ever before, Kardan University is focused on improving the quality of teaching, strengthening student services, and upgrading the University’s facilities and infrastructures. We have forged unprecedented levels of collaboration and partnership with the national and international institutions as part of our overall internationalization efforts.

The Office of International Affairs & Strategic Partnerships (OIASP) at Kardan University is headed by a team of dedicated academic leaders, advised by the Vice Chancellor, and supported by the Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (SPAC). A group of Deans representing each of the University‚Äôs faculties plus other key academic units are behind functions of this office. The operations of this office are divided in to the two main constituents of its title, i.e. International Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. Kardan first joined GBSN back in 2016. It still remains GBSN’s first and only member from Afghanistan.

Kardan University is pleased to present its impact report for the years 2014 to 2018, which provides an extensive review of the university’s activities and achievements across four domains: economy, society, culture and the environment. This report is the reflection of Kardan University’s commitment to sustainability, highlighting its unwavering commitment to advancing its socio-economic and environmental impact. Learn more



Thursday, 7 October, 2021

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 1:00pm Lagos
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 8:00pm Singapore


Cross-Border Collabs are not open to the public and are only open to GBSN Members. 

What are Cross-Border Collabs?

Cross-Border Collabs are exclusive gatherings for GBSN members, focused on engaging our community to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time. Facilitated by topic experts, these session will provide a place for our members be active participants in our mission of improving management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. Collabs are held monthly on every first Thursday of the month. Two sessions are offered to accommodate multiple time zones. Collabs are an exclusive opportunity for member school ambassadors, deans and leading faculty members.