The goal of Ahfad University for Woman is to prepare women to assume
responsible roles in their families, communities, and in the nation.
In keeping with this objective “the Ahfad experience”
embraces a combination of well articulated academic courses, on-the-job
training, individual research, and community extension activities.
This combination of activities is designed to prepare women from
all parts of Sudan to become change agents in their families and
communities and to assume leadership positions in society.
This vision is rooted in Sheik Babiker’s purpose in establishing
his school for girls in 1907. He combined the traditional Islamic
devotion to learning with his then radical idea of providing secular
education in addition to religious instruction to both boys and
girls. Sheik Babiker saw that educated women were essential to achieving
improvements in nutrition, health, child care, community development,
and for preparing both young men and women for life in the emerging
urban society of Sudan.
Professor Yusuf Badri expanded on Sheik Babiker’s vision
by creating significant new opportunities for higher education for
Sudanese women. In one radical step, Professor Yusuf incorporated
a philosophy of secular education and clear goals for educated women
in a changing society on an apolitical campus. This last factor
is critical because higher education institutions in Sudan have
a long history of political activity which regularly keeps the campuses
closed due to political protest or strikes. Ahfad students would
focus on education. They could engage in religious and political
actions off campus on their own time.
Commitment to world class education and preparation for leadership
positions for women in a non-political environment has remained
the basic purposes of AUW. In keeping with its philosophy of preparing
women for modern, leadership positions, campus-based instruction
is in English.