Shaikh Zayed University

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Shaikh Zayed University
د شیخ زاید پوهنتون
Khost University in 2007.jpg
Other name
Khost University
Former name
Afghan University Peshawar
ChancellorMojiburrahman Karimi
Vice-ChancellorAbdul Khalil Afghani
LocationKhost, Afghanistan

Shaikh Zayed University (SZU; Pashto: د شیخ زاید پوهنتون‎), also known as Khost University (Pashto: د خوست پوهنتون‎), is a public university in the city of Khost, southeastern Afghanistan. With its original name "Afghan University Peshawar", it was initially established in 2000 in Peshawar. It was shifted to Khost by special orders of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The university was named after Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who sponsored the construction of its campus in Khost.

Shaikh Zayed University was officially registered in 2003. The work on the university was officially started during Hakim Taniwal's governorship of Khost Province. The next governor Patan made a trip to the UAE (United Arab Emirates), and requested funds for the completion of the university. In order to honor UAE's help, the university was renamed Shaikh Zayed University. Governor Patan had a track record for opening schools, and supporting education for all genders, so it was only natural for him to push for the construction of Shaikh Zayed University. The university's new campus was officially inaugurated in March 2008.

Shaikh Zayed University has nine faculties and more than 3000 students. It has a private radio station for journalism faculty. It is the only university in Afghanistan with a faculty in computer science. It has a hostel for students, and medical students are trained at the government-run Khost Hospital.

Shaikh Zayed University is one of eleven Afghan educational institutions that have e-learning facilities, provided by USAID.[1]


Shaikh Zayed University, Khost

Shaikh Zayed University is a large university and graduates students from the following fields:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Medicine
  3. Engineering
  4. Literature
  5. Journalism
  6. Sharia
  7. Politics
  8. Agriculture
  9. Education
  10. Economy and Management
Shaikh Zayed University, Khost province


  1. ^ "Program highlights: A new way to learn English" (PDF). USAID. 2009-05-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-08-24.

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Coordinates: 33°20′56″N 69°52′09″E / 33.3489°N 69.8691°E / 33.3489; 69.8691