Why Are There So Many ‘American Universities’ Abroad?

The American University of Afghanistan, which was attacked yesterday, is one of many across the world.

By Rhonda FanningAugust 25, 2016 10:28 am

At last report, at least 13 people – including seven students – were among the dead following a terrorist attack at the American University in Kabul, a prestigious university in the Afghan capital city. As many as 30 others are reported to have been wounded.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which involved two gunmen and a suicide bomber. The American University of Kabul is one of at least 27 schools across the globe. While they are independent, stand-alone institutions, Inside Higher Ed reporter Elizabeth Redden says they share an educational philosophy.

“These universities, most – if not all – are English-medium institutions,” Redden says. “They put a focus on the liberal arts, they obviously are providing a Western style – specifically American-style – higher education.”

What you’ll hear in this interview:

– Why USAID funds the American University of Afghanistan

– The history of the university

– Why the head of the university was reluctant to call the attack on the school an an attack against America