Community Outreach Programs
In addition to degree-oriented programs, AUW is committed to improving
life and opportunities for families in the rural areas of Sudan.
This is partly accomplished through the Rural Extension Program,
fn which all AUW students must participate during their third year.
As part of this program students live in rural areas and plan and
participate in projects designed to impart knowledge and organization
skills to women living in rural villages. The objective is to help
rural women become change agents in their communities.
Ahfad also develops short term courses in rural development tailored
to the needs and interests of rural communities. Rural women with
leadership potential are brought to the Ahfad campus for more extensive
leadership development. Special courses, lasting between three to
nine months, are designed for each group of women. Trainees are
awarded certificates upon completion of the courses. Instruction
in these programs necessarily is in Arabic.
As a private university, AUW charges a graduated tuition based
roughly on the abilities of families to pay. Wealthier families
generally pay more than less affluent families. In addition, AUW
gives an advantage to students who are the first in their families
to attend college. Also, special efforts are made to attract students
from the Darfur, southern, and eastern areas of the Sudan. Currently,
about twenty percent of the AUW student body consists of students
from these regions who are attending under the AUW
Tuition Waiver Program.