History of Civil and Industrial Construction Department:
Civil and Industrial Construction Department (CIC) previously known as Architecture and Construction Material department was established in 1969 but later on in 1977, the name was changed to Civil and Industrial Construction department. From the inception, the CIC department has had many achievements and has been actively involved in the training of talented and competent engineering cadres, development of new teaching methods, and conducting academic research. The CIC department conferred undergrad degrees to its first batch of graduates consisting of 17 students in 1973. The department launched its master's program in 1979 and awarded masters degrees to the first batch of graduate students in 1984.
A total number of 1762 students, including 198 female and 1564 male students have been graduated from the CIC department in both bachelor and master degrees programs to this point. The current total enrollment of the CIC department is 219 students including 3 females and 216 males taught by 9 professors, associate professor, and assistant professors.
The interactive teaching and pedagogical methods utilized in the CIC department includes the lectures, engineering software application, laboratory works, conducting academic conferences and seminars for both professors and students, class projects and other relevant academic and practical works. Additionally, the department has constantly tried to maintain the educational and academic relationship with other engineering faculties and universities as well as sharing technical experiences with the construction industry.
The CIC department had a well-equipped and advanced engineering lab where in addition to conducting applied research by the professors, students were also involved in doing lab works for their respective courses. Unfortunately, the lab was totally destroyed during the civil war in the country. Upon the establishment of the new administration in 2001, the lab was renovated by receiving a financial grant from the World Bank and currently, it’s utilized by the students for conducting their relevant lab works only.
The CIC department is committed to providing quality training to the Afghan students in the field of engineering. The graduates of this department are widely employed by the Afghan government institutions as well as by the construction industry – responsible for the design, construction, management, and supervision of various construction projects – contributing to the overall reconstruction process of the country.
In the past, it typically took five years for a student to earn a master’s degree but currently, a new credit-system has been introduced by the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education which outlining a nine-semester bachelor program which takes four and a half academic years to complete an undergraduate program. Students attend theoretical and practical classes during eight semesters and then during the 9th-semester work on diploma project. Students defend their diploma projects in front of a dedicated board of experts comprising of professors, faculty members from other schools, and experienced engineering practitioners from government and construction industry. Once the diploma presentations are successfully evaluated by the board members, the respective students are awarded B.Sc. degrees in the field of civil engineering. It is worth mentioning that graduation series of credit system has commenced since 2009.
The CIC department resumed its master program in structural engineering after a long halt due to civil war in 2011. In accordance with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education regulations, the master program is a thesis-based program and students have to defend their research thesis as part of the degree requirements. The first batch of the master’s program students graduated in 2014.
Due to a high demand for construction engineers in the country, the CIC department decided to establish a new Department of Building Construction Management in 2012 and the first group of students was admitted to this department through the university entrance exam - KANKOUR in 2014.