Professor Mohammed Osman Babury ©

British Council

Deputy Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan Professor Mohammed Osman Babury spoke to us exclusively about his hopes and strategies for Going Global 2014 in Miami. 

Professor Babury’s motivation for attending this year’s conference is to gather knowledge to apply to rebuilding Afghanistan’s higher education system after long-lasting war:

"We aim to build a quality higher education system that responds to Afghanistan's growth and development needs, which improves public wellbeing, respects traditions, incorporates modern scientific knowledge, and becomes internationally recognised. Going Global is a very good opportunity for us to discuss our situation and to learn from others."

Reflecting on this year’s themes of inclusivity, innovation and impact, he commented:

"For us, access to higher education and a female share in higher education are also particularly important, as well as quality and innovation in higher education." 

Professor Babury is speaking at our session on 'Emerging from conflict: the regeneration of higher education as a force for good'

"I will talk about how we can make higher education in Afghanistan more innovative, outlining our experiences and the lessons that we've learnt through others' experiences – including those we've heard about at previous Going Globals. I will tell delegates how these have helped us develop a new, leading framework for higher education in Afghanistan. In spite of our challenges, we have made very good progress, and I hope this will help advise my colleagues from other countries that are emerging from war."

Read the full interview with Professor Babury, including his views on access to higher education and giving institutions autonomy.

This is one of a series of interviews with Going Global speakers conducted for the British Council by Media FHE, providers of the HE intelligence service HEi-know. Read all our Going Global interviews on the Going Global 2014 website.