The Italian cooperation between Italy and Afghanistan represents a fundamental pillar in the development and reconstruction process of Afghanistan and aims at promoting and reenforcing the cultural relations between the two countries.
Italy, therefore, gives its contribution through the teaching the Italian language and culture, the promoting, organization and coordination of cultural events and exchanges and through scholarships offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004 regular Italian language and culture courses were launched, within the framework of departments financed by the Italian Government and hosted by Universities of Herat and Kabul.
The initiative has been entirely successful, so much that in the current academic year 2007/2008 in our Department in the University of Kabul there are three active Italian language and culture courses, which are extracurricular ones, divided in beginners, intermediate and advanced level, held by a mother tongue Lecturer and two afghan teachers for a total of 64 students.
The Italian Department, together with the Embassy of Italy, offers (issues) annually long and short period scholarships: first ones aim at training the future afghan generations; the second ones aim at improving the Italian language and culture for the best students of our Department.
Scholarships are offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by other institutions: selections of candidates are made in the civil society or trough concourses held by the Department.
At present time it is by ending the negotiation of a technical agreement for regulating the state of afghan scholarship holders with the University of Perugia, the University for Foreigners of Perugia, The Agency for the university study right.
For the local students and for the scholarship holders present in Italy it is active a blog, with the purpose to spread the activities of the Italian Department, Italian Embassy and Italy itself, available at http://gatewaytoitaly.splinder.com.
Moreover, the following initiative has been thrown out, to create an association of afghan students, who had the opportunity to have been scholarship holders in Italy, especially in Perugia.
Finally, considering the particular reality of this Country and the priorities, pursued both from the Afghan Government and Italian one, relevant attention is given to the involvement of female students and young afghan women.
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