First Afghan Student Successfully Completes Master's Degree in Freiberg

Sayed Zabihullah Shadab © TU Bergakademie Freiberg
With the AMEA project (Academic Mining Education Afghanistan), Germany's Federal Foreign Ministry has been supporting international Master's programs at TU Bergakademie Freiberg since 2015. In December, Sayed Zabihullah Shadab became the first student from Afghanistan to complete his AMEA study.

Mr. Shadab hails from Takhar Province in Afghanistan, and holds a bachelor's degree in mining from the Polytechnical University of Kabul. Two years ago he came to Saxony to study at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. After a 6-month language and preparation course (from April to September, 2015) he finally began his studies in the international “Advanced Mineral Resource Development” master's program in winter semester 2015 – a program offered as a joint course of studies with the University of Leoben in Austria.

“During my studies in Freiberg, I was able to acquire all the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a mining engineer. The practical training was particularly valuable, as the mining industry in Afghanistan is still in its infancy,” he said. At the end of 2017, Mr. Shadab returned to his native Afghanistan, bringing the knowledge he has acquired in Freiberg to the Afghan Ministry of Mining, where he will become a department manager.

“Despite the semester in Austria, Sayed Zabihullah Shadab completed his studies in the normal period of four semesters with good results. This was outstanding, and demonstrates the great commitment of our students,” said his mining professor and supervisor, Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt from TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

In addition to Mr. Shadab, there are currently 12 other students in the project funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry, studying courses as diverse as Groundwater Management, Sustainable Mining and Remediation Management, and Advanced Mineral Resource Development.

The AMEA project has been supporting the education of qualified specialists and managers in the Afghan mining sector since 2014. The responsible political body in Afghanistan is the Ministry of Higher Education. The tasks of TU Bergakademie Freiberg include the establishment of laboratories and a hydrological test field at the Polytechnical University of Kabul, the modernization of curricula, the provision of guest lectures, and the further training of university tutors.

Further information:

The international master's programs

The AMEA project