Friday, a class made up of both civilian and military personnel will graduate from UNO's Afghanistan Immersion Seminar. The goal of the seminar is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to work in the country.
Since 2008, 600+ people have graduated from the program, including trainees from federal agencies.
Over the three week program, participants study Afghanistan’s history, cultures, and learn to speak conversational Dari, or Afghan Persian.
“The news people read about Afghanistan is only part of the story,” said Thomas E. Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO. “Our trainees dig into the rich history [of the country.]"
The current class is made up of 16 people.
The mission of the UNO Center for Afghanistan Studies is to empower Afghans to develop their economy and civil society, as well as to study and promote the cultures of Afghanistan.