“Years ago, it was a different Kabul University, a more relaxed campus where men and women studied in modern facilities. During the opening decades of the Cold War, as the superpowers tried to influence Afghanistan, U.S. aid money flowed to the campus. There were dozens of American professors, a big, American-built library and scholarships for bright students to go abroad. One of them was Fayez, who got his doctorate in Arizona and lived until recently in Loudoun County.
The minister is now working to bring back the feelings and conditions of that era. He recently authorized Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., to rebuild Kabul University’s agriculture, engineering and technology departments, using U.S. and other international aid funds. Fayez is trying to negotiate similar accords with other foreign universities.”