Zia Andar

Zia passed away on November 5th 2020.  Zia's obituary.


Zia Andar completed his Master’s degree in International Education in 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, supported by the Fulbright Scholarship program. Coming from an aid dependent country, Zia’s research focus was on effectiveness of international aid in educational programs.  His Master’s project is available on the UMass Scholarworks site here.


After graduation he returned to Afghanistan to work with Ministry of Higher Education as the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Manager. He supports the newly established Quality Assurance and Accreditation Directorate, which is the higher education accreditation agency of Afghanistan. This directorate conducts external quality assurance reviews for university accreditation and promotes the creation of quality assurance cultures by establishing and supporting internal quality assurance units at public universities. More recently Zia became the Program Director of the HIgher Education Development Projgram (HEDP). [3-20]


Recently Zia got together with his classmate, Iqbal Halimi, in Kabul.  Iqbal also received his Master's degree from CIE in 2018 and now works at the Ministry of Education.


In the past, working in different capacities, Zia has been involved in the education sector of Afghanistan since 2009. While with the Ministry of Education, he served as the Manager for the USAID-funded Basic Education Literacy and Training Program (BELT) for over three years. Through BELT, he lead the process of production and distribution of over 50 million textbooks to schools across the country and established over 5,000 Community Based Education classes in the marginalized communities that did not have access to regular schools.


Email: zia.andar@gmail.com


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