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Kabul University

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Kabul University is located in Kabul, Afghanistan and was founded 1931, opened 1932 and formally established in 1947. It is attended by 7,000 students, of which 1,700 are women. The school is still recovering from the civil war and Taliban rule.

It is estimated that the university will need US$64 million to function again on a basic level. In January 2004, the campus boasted only 24 computers and one stethoscope. As part of its recovery program, Kabul University has established partnerships with four foreign universities, including Purdue.

Thousands of students are studying in feilds like; Agriculture, Ecnomics, Law, Literature, Science...(see also computer science in Kabul University)

In the mid-1990s, the university was a battle ground between the fundamentalist Shia Muslim group Hizb-i Wahdat and supporters of the Afghan president at the time, Burhanuddin Rabbani, an alumni of the university. Trees on the campus still show signs of bullet damage, fences remain crumbled from shells, and paths are still obstructed by rocket craters. Many books in the library show damage from bullets. Seven damaged books in particular are preserved behind glass as a reminder of the past.

During the reign of the Taliban, faculty members earned only US$40 a month.

In the 1960s foreign-educated scholars populated the campus, exposing the new Afghan generation to topics such as communism, feminism and capitalism. Students influenced during this era include Ahmed Shah Massoud and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

The faculty of science in Kabul University has five departments: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

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