The opening ceremony
The Academic Exchange Medicine program of 2017 has officially started! On thursday the 14th of September, KEIHAN foundation had the honour to receive Mr. Azizi, the ambassador of Afghanistan, together with the Honorary Consul-General of Afghanistan,  Mr.Turabaz for the opening ceremony.
Our three exchange students Sohrab Ayoob, Ehsanullah Niazai and Ali Abdullah Rahmani introduced themselves and gave an interview about their experiences in Leiden. Together we reflected on the educational system of Afghanistan. “In our country, most of the studies in school and university are based on theory, students really focus on the lectures and the books. But here in Leiden, we see more practicals here and the focus is on understaning the study material instead of just learning every single page of the book.” said Ali Abdullah. Furthermore the students shared their interesting and precious experiences of their first weeks in Leiden. 
The theme for the opening ceremony was ‘Mental Health care in Afghanistan’. Dr. R. Qurishi (Novadic- Kentron, addiction doctor) and our exchange student Ali Abdullah Rahmani gave a brief view on the challenging situation in Afghanistan about addiction problems. Questions were asked from our guests and we had an interactive look on this matter. 
About the exchange program
KEIHAN Foundation believes in supporting this recovery by investing in knowledge. For this reason the foundation, in cooperation with LUMC and Leiden University,  invites talented medical students from Afghanistan to study at the LUMC for three months and follow a wide range of classes here.  This paves the way for them to gain new knowledge from a renowned university, but also to learn more about the education system in the Netherlands. They also get in touch with the Dutch culture. Once they return to Afghanistan they can spread the knowledge amongst their fellow students. With this exchange we hope to motivate students to bring more innovation to the Afghan educational system.
Each year KEIHAN Foundation selects a maximum of 7 students for this exchange program with the approval of LUMC, Leiden University and Kabul Medical University (KMU). The candidates all need to pass the English TOEFL test with a high score in order to be eligible for the exchange. After the foundation has selected students it needs to search for a place for them to reside and to perform other practical arrangements, for example buying books and getting a medical insurance. After their arrival in the Netherlands the students will be advised on how the medical education program works and they can take part in social activities which are organized by the foundation.
During the past exchanges the Afghan students have proven to be quick learners and always aiming to achieve high grades.
For the continuation of this project KEIHAN foundation highly depends on the cooperation with LUMC, Leiden University, KMU and your donations.
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