Based on the expansion of its curriculum and student body, the Sudan National Council for Higher Education granted full university status to Ahfad in 1995. The Ahfad University for Women
(AUW) is the oldest and largest private university in Sudan. It may be the only private women's university in Africa.
"Ahfad" — For Our Grandchildren
In Arabic, "Ahfad" means for "our grandchildren". Babiker aptly and wisely chose this name for the initial Ahfad schools, which Yusuf preserved when he established the Ahfad University College for Women. Indeed, Babiker's grandchildren are among the leaders and faculty of The Ahfad University for Women today.