The ups and downs after Taliban rule in Afghanistan; Sultani enters Harvard

by Aamaj News

Reyaz Abdullah Sultani, a young man from Afghanistan, entered Harvard University at the age of 18. 

He told Aamaj News that he is going to start studying governance and economics in four years at this prestigious American university in August.

Sultani said that after the fall of the Republic in August 2021, he and his family emigrated from the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif to Abu Dhabi, and then they were transferred to Virginia, US, and now they live in California.

According to Sultani, he has been studying in America since 11th grade.

He added that after many efforts, he was able to establish the first educational center (Afghan United Club) to support young Afghans. 

Sultani said that in order to properly understand the US curriculum system, to find the way to the opportunities available in the school and to apply for educational and work opportunities for students, as well as cultural classes that showcase the culture and customs of Afghan citizens, he established this union.

His educational expenses are paid by Harvard University, which is 85000 US dollars per year.

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. 

In the new ranking in 2024, with a score of 98.3, this university is in fourth place among the best universities in the world after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The founder of Facebook, the owner of Microsoft, the owner of TATA, and some world leaders, including Barack Obama, and George Bush, the former presidents of the United States, Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State of the United States, Anthony Blinken, the current Secretary of State of the United States, are graduated from Harvard.

According to Sultani, getting into Harvard was really difficult for him. Because the admission percentage at this university is less than 4%.

Soltuni said that every year about 60,000 students apply and only less than 2,000 are accepted.

He stated: “My goal is to study governance and economics so that I can serve the suffering nation of Afghanistan as a youth.”

He added that he wants to contribute to the prosperity, freedom and progress of Afghanistan: “I want to serve my homeland and my hometown with my heart and soul, with the power of my lessons and pen, so that we can leave a prosperous Afghanistan legacy to our future generations.”

In connection with the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education, he said: “Afghanistan needs a new educated generation, and since there is no favorable environment and opportunity for the younger generation, especially women, I want to use every opportunity to be a source of service to Afghanistan in the future.”


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