Kardan University's History


Kardan University, along with five other universities, achieves National Accreditation Award from the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The accreditation is a testament to the excellence in quality of services offered by the university as envisioned by its Vision and Mission Statements.

Also, Kardan University celebrates the success of Mr. Qais Mohammadi, Academic Administrator for Economics Department, as the recipient of the ACBSP 2019 Teaching Excellence Award for South Asia


A Kardan University obtains its academic accreditation from Ministry of Higher Education and by getting the highest scores, becomes the top ranked university in Afghanistan. Kardan University becomes the only university from Afghanistan to be granted full membership at the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN). Also in this year, the university is accepted as a candidate for accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


After a rigorous application process, Kardan University becomes the first institution in Afghanistan to be accepted as a member of the prestigious Global Business School Network (GBSN). Kardan University is chartered to issue master’s and bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Journalism respectively. With two successful entry tests in spring and fall seasons, hundreds of new students are enrolled in all Master’s, Bachelor’s and Diploma programs, including the first batches of Master’s in International Relations (MIR) and Bachelor’s in Journalism (BJ). As part of its strategic vision, Kardan University establishes Faculty Development Center to improve intellectual capacity of the faculty working at Kardan University.


Kardan University introduced a unified platform for helping its students in different aspects of their educational journey and career. The Students Success Center, which is one of its kind among local universities, provides services in Career Development, Academic Writing, Events Management, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Alumni and Gender Relations.


Kardan University becomes the first Afghan University to be accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its Business Management program. In the same year Kardan University organizes a major consultation conference hosting academic intellectuals, university leadership, faculty and student representatives, aimed at revising and updating the whole university curriculum and making it even more aligned with international standards.


Kardan University becomes chartered to issue master level programs in business and international relations. Student enrollment stands at over 5,000.


Kardan University is re-elected as the Chair of Private Universities in Afghanistan. It is ranked as one of the top private institutes of higher education and is officially recognized as a “Private University” following a ministerial evaluation.


Kardan University leads the establishment of Afghanistan’s first association of private universities. The University is subsequently elected as the Chair with an initial membership of 40 national private institutions.


Kardan University initiates the accreditation process through the International Association of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) becoming the first candidate for accreditation, representing Afghanistan. Student enrollment reaches a peak of 6,000.


Law and Political Science undergraduate programs are launched. Kardan University celebrates the graduation of the first cohort of BBA students. Kardan University launches Kardan School of Excellence, offering primary and secondary level education.


Kardan makes history by becoming the first private higher education institute officially registered with the Government of Afghanistan. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is launched with over 130 students enrolled in the first cohort.


Kardan expands academic programs introducing diploma level programs enrolling more than 600 students with around 20% women participation.


Kardan Institute is founded with 12 students in a rental facility in Macroryan area of Kabul. The main goal was to provide short-term certificate programs.