Introduction :

Civil Engineering Department was founded in Sep, 2000. It is one of the first academic departments in terms of establishment set up under the Faculty of Engineering. It has 10 fulltime faculty members out of them 4 have Master Eng. Degrees, 3have Bachelor in Engineering and 3 of them are pursuing their master programs abroad. CE has graduated (402) engineers and currently there are 360 students pursuing their undergraduate program in civil engineering. CE classes are equipped with standard academic requirements. It has one laboratory that has been equipped with some testing instruments by the help of World Bank. The library of the CE department is equipped with more than 1500 text books in different fields of engineering.

Since its establishment in 2000, CE has followed the curriculum developed by Ministry of Higher Education that hasa five year program included 9 academic semesters and a 5 month practical training program. In 2010, the curriculum of CE department was developed by Kansas State University in a partnership with Kabul University Faculty of Engineering andas a result the five-year program of CE study was changed to four yearsdue to the new curriculum with credit system. Recently, the CE is continuing a four years curriculum thathas been developed by MoHE and considered all needs of the governmental sectors, private sectors and the industry sectors in light of the advanced universities’ curriculum of the world, which 85% of text books, lectures, exams and assignments are in English in the light of curriculums of the advanced universities in the world.

Vision :

The Department of Civil Engineering strives to become recognized for excellence in the preparation of civil engineers and provide community services in the country through education, research and other professional activities.

Mission :

Provide quality education and develop an educational environment where students and professors could excel their capability with highly professional standards and acquire knowledge in civil engineering in order to contribute to the quality of life of Afghan society through teaching, research and professional services.

Proved quality education and develop an educational environment where students and professors could excel their capacity building.

Objectives :

To support its mission and vision, the department of civil engineering has established objectives based on engineering market demand in the country.

  1. Encourage faculty and students to be aware of and involved with social problems and issues related to professional development
  2. Faculty involvement in professional societies including the organization of major professional meetings and conferences
  3. Active interaction and cooperation with outside agencies including local, private and governmental agencies to act as a consulting source for the country and region
  4. To provide quality education for undergraduate students and enhance student-faculty engagement which include student participation in faculty research projects and student involvement in professional society activities.
  5. To graduate civil engineers with high level of commitments to the country with respect to national and international legal frameworks, cultural and Islamic values.
  6. To graduate civil engineers that have the necessary knowledge and skills for assessment and recognizing alternatives in designing related to social, economical, environmental and public safety projects.
  7. To graduate civil engineers having necessary verbal & written communication skills for success in their professions and be able to function effectively on teams.

Facilities :

Facilities in the context of this strategic plan are considered to be the building and equipment that support the DCE’s activities in these spaces, it is necessary to have reasonable infrastructures in order to perform the daily activities and be able to implement all planned activities. In addition, adequate infrastructures will enable DCE to act associated to its vision and mission.

Currently DCE does not have enough space in the existing building. A new building (Academic building for KEF) is constructing by support of World Bank through Strengthening of Higher Education Program. It has a laboratory which is equipped with some instruments with the help of World Bank for Engineering Faculty. It also has a computer lab and a small professional library with the support of United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Laboratory :

DEC has a laboratory which is equipped with some instruments, which 40% of them are physically practicable and the rest needs collaboration. One technician is responsible for doing test; however, it needs at least three trained technician. Another challenge is inadequate electricity at Kandahar University; therefore, having electrical generators will solve this problem. DEC is working on to collaborate all equipment and will be able to do each type of test for the students.  

 Library :

DEC has a professional library having 4300 text and 700 reference books. Most of the books are up-to-date in different disciplines. Lecturers can borrow the books but students can do photo copy only.

Academic Facilities :

In order to enable DEC to perform the academic, administrative and other services successfully, additional facilities need to be installed.

  • Supply of academic council roof of DEC with essential equipment
  • Provision of academic facilities as video conference rooms, publication presses and research center
  • Provision of study room for student’s group discussion
  • Provision of transportation facilities for student field visits
  • Provision of conference hall

Capacity Development :

DCE is a young engineering higher education department which has been in operation for 13 years. Since having well educated and expert faculty members are vital to the development of a high quality department, DCE has planned capacity development programs through partnerships with national & international higher education institutions.

DCE is eager to establish academic partnership with some national and international universities in order to increase the capacity and enhance the level of education. These partnerships will enable DCE to develop more quickly in light of the new technologies and research at regional and international levels. Curriculum development, joint research programs, faculty exchanges, MSc and PhD programs and other essential academic activities will be planned in the packages of partnerships as following.

Capacity Development of Young Faculty Members :

  1. Recruitment of 8 new faculty members
  2. From B.Eng to MSc, 10 faculty members in various fields of civil engineering
  3. From MSc to PhD, 6 faculty members in various fields of civil engineering

The feedback of strategic plan implementation :

With successful implementation of the strategic plan, the existing problems and shortages of DCE will be solved and as a result a suitable education environment will be created. DCEwill be enabled to graduate students with better quality to Afghan society and they will be ableto apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

Analysis :

Each department has its own strength, weakness, opportunities and treats.DCE has carried out the SWAT analysis in order to know the various important components of SWAT to think aboutfeasible implementation of the strategic plan.       

Strength :

  1. The huge number of students in schools and the demand for higher education in the country.
  2. The faculty members are young and 95% lecturers have MSc degree
  3. As country is in rehabilitation process, it needs more qualified Afghan civil engineers.
  4. Availability of a strong and committed team for the development of DCE.
  5. Applying credit system within a new curriculum
  6. A well-equipped computer lab connected with internet

Weaknesses :

  1. The faculty members do not have enough experiences.
  2. No lecturers at PhD level

Opportunities :

  1. Attention of international aid agencies and friendly countries for the development of higher education in Afghanistan.
  2. The interest of people with higher education and especially the young generation in the region.

Threats :

  1. The security condition
  2. Lack of financial and academic independent

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