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Supporting the Economic Empowerment of Afghan women through Education and Training in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Since 2020, KBTU has been participating in the project "Economic Empowerment of Afghan Women through Education and Training in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan". The project for the education of Afghan women in the countries of Central Asia is being implemented by UNDP in Kazakhstan with the financial support of the European Union. This initiative covers several UN SDGs: “4 - Quality Education”, “5 - Gender Equality”, “10 - Reducing Inequalities”, “16-Peace Justice and Strong Institutions”.

The program, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNDP, allows Afghan women to study at universities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The initiative aims to provide educational opportunities for women from Afghanistan. Overall, within the framework of the program, 50 women will receive education at the universities of Central Asia by 2025.The first group of Afghan women arrived in Almaty in October 2019. In 2020, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan welcomed the new group of winners of the educational scholarship. After completing the language courses, the project participants will receive education at various universities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan under the bachelor's, master's and TVET (Technical and Vocational education and training)programs in agriculture, finance/statistics and mining. 29 women from Afghanistan will be trained at KBTU. To date, 19 Afghan students have started their studies at the KBTU Business School. Four of them are currently studying under the Bachelor's program "Finance/Statistics", five are receiving MBA in "Finance/Statistics", ten women are the students of the TVET program . In the next academic year (2021-2022) KBTU is preparing to accept 10 more female students from Afghanistan, who plan to study at the Faculty of Geology and Geological Exploration under the TVET Mining Program. Photcredit: UNDP Kazakhstan/Alexey Malchenko
Project coordinator: Professor Akzhalova Assel

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KBTU has providing education in MBA Finance, BSc Marketing, BA Marketing, MBA Marketing, TVET and VET.

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Duration of the Project: 1st Phase 2020-2025, Second Phase 2022-2025

Second Phase 2022-2026

Around 33 girls has completed various type of education between 2020-2022 and 28 girls have started their study in 2022.

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