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The Nangarhar University  

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The Nangarhar University is the second university in Afghanistan, founded in 1962. The main campus is located to the north west of historic city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province. The university has nine colleges, namely, Shari’a, civil law and political science, engineering, agriculture, economics, veterinary medicine, education, literature and languages, and medicine. This is the only university for four provinces in eastern zone; however, 60% of the students come from provinces other than these four.
The medical and education colleges are located in Jalalabad city, while the remaining seven colleges are placed in Daronta, 11 kilometers away from Jalalabad city.
The Medical College is the first college of Nangarhar University. This university developed and established three other colleges, Engineering, Agriculture and Education in 1978. This University developed into five Colleges by establishment of College of Literature and Languages in 1985. The colleges of Economics, Law and Political Sciences, Shariah and Veterinary Sciences established in the year 1993 and it has nine colleges right now and they are:
• Medical Sciences
• Agriculture
• Engineering
• Education.
• Literature & Languages
• Economics
• .Shariah
• Veterinary Sciences
• Law and Political Sciences
Currently, around 5000 students are studying in the Nangarhar University and around 1000 graduate each year. The number of new enrolments reaches to 1500 per year and persistently increases by 15%.
There are 8 three storey buildings as dormitory for more than 3250 students in Daronta, one two floor building for around 500 students in Education College and one in the Medical College.

Nangarhar University has the following numbers of Professors, Lecturers and students:
Number of male Professors and Lecturers 287
Number of female Professors and Lecturers 8
Number of male students 3607
Number of female students 199
Number of students in hostel 3250

Nanagarhar University has two partnerships with San Diego State University in the field of English Program and Engineering. These partnerships has provided the opportunities for curriculum design and capacity building. The partnerships are funded by the World Bank and Streghthening Higher Education Program (SHEP). World Bank through SHEP will provide $ 10 Million for the physical and capacity building of the University under Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund.

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