The Library and adjoining facilities will allow AUAF to reach its growth projections and further the goal of creating a modern, fully-equipped university able to effectively educate Afghanistan’s leaders of tomorrow.
Ambassador William B. Wood of the United States Embassy to Afghanistan spoke at the opening ceremony. “This is a building that will encompass and embrace academic endeavor,” he said. “It is an important step towards rebuilding the higher education sector in Afghanistan.”
The Library is named after the mother of a major donor, Ms. Ann Marlowe. Ms. Marlowe noted the progress in education in Afghanistan, especially by women. “Many girls are accomplishing something that their ancestors never accomplished.”
The Library will increase AUAF’s book holdings to 6,000 books, and boasts 60 internet-connected computer work stations, a quiet study area, and four meeting rooms. The adjoining facilities include six multimedia-equipped classrooms, a fully-equipped science lab, a state of the art video conference system, and a garden.
AUAF Student Government President, Mr. Ali Babur Ghulam, concluded the ceremony by praising the opportunity that such learning resources symbolize. “Picture the hardships and challenges that an illiterate person faces when trying to feed his family. Education is the path to a better and more fruitful future for Afghanistan.”
The American University of Afghanistan was founded in 2003 and has been admitting students since 2006. It is Afghanistan's only private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, offering women and men internationally-supported degree programs and education for the professions.