editorial | 31 March, 2015 16:38
You excellencies, distinguished guests, representatives from different universities in Nepal and Thailand and my dear friends,
Namaste and Sawadee Khrap!!
It is an honor to address this august gathering. My dear colleagues from Thailand, welcome to the land of Buddha, the city of temples and the country of mountains.
I have always been deeply connected to Thailand. I have visited the country a number of times, as a tourist, as a student and as a professional. I should say that every time I visit your beautiful country that is inhabited by what I like to say, some of the finest people on earth, I am intrigued, fascinated and inspired. I am intrigued to see how within a short period of time the country rose out of the rubbles of underdevelopment and emerged as one of the model countries for the world. I am fascinated to see how the country has managed to maintain its cultural heritage, social values and principles amidst the growing wave of modernization and globalization. But most of all, I am inspired. I am inspired to see how despite occasional natural, political, financial and social challenges, every time Thailand rises up and with all humility, serenity and confidence, says to the world, we are fit and fine. We are Thais. My dear friends from Thailand, I salute you.
I think that another reason, why I, and almost all Nepalese who visit Thailand feel immediately at home in Thailand, is because we are united by our culture and social values. We both grow up listening to the teachings of Buddha and learning the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is engrained in our hearts to respect to the elders and teachers, love everybody, be kind to those who are suffering and consider the greater good before thinking about benefit to the self.
Yet, I wonder what took us so long to come together like this.I do not have an answer to that but I am glad that finally we are together not just as professionals but as friends and neighbors. We have now understood that together we will be better able to co-operate each other and benefit people in both countries. Together we will have more strengths than just the sum of the two. Together, we will be able to explore the humanity, harness the strengths of nature, understand the beauty of culture, identify unrecognized opportunities and finally improve the lives of people in our countries and the rest of the world. But most importantly, there is another reason why we should come together. It is because, we both have the herculean task of educating the new generation. This process is going to be remarkably different than the system in which we were educated. This generation is far better informed than we were, they are far more adventurous than we were, they are far more courageous than we were and they are far more versatile and innovative than we were. For them, sky is the limit. Their interests transcend national boundaries, their ambitions surpass traditional challenges and their strengths outgrow what we are able to offer. Hence, we need to have a paradigm shift in the way we build our academic institutions and thus explore the areas that we have hitherto ignored.
In terms of Nepal and Thailand, I don’t need to tell you the areas that we can collaborate in. In fact, in the last few years our institutions have already made some remarkable collaborations in different sectors, primarily in health and technology. I am confident that over these days you will be having intense discussions to identify further the sectors we can work together and come up with a road map for our next steps. But briefly speaking, I just want to reiterate that one of the major areas would be building some programs in business and management focusing on trade, tourism and cultural exchange. Let us find out innovative ways to make full use of the resources we have within us. You come and measure our mountains. We will come and explore your seas. You come here and taste our cuisine. We will come to you and learn about your delicacies. I can go on forever. There are simply too many opportunities for us to ignore.
Another area would be technological innovations to harness the forces of nature in a sustainable way and benefit the masses. We both have the responsibility to bring the benefits of science and technology to people from all walks of life so that we can ensure an equitable distribution of the advantages of scientific advancement. It is up to us to develop ways to find the linkage between science and policy, technology and practice to alleviate the sufferings of mankind and make lives better.
Finally, another large area would be health. As we all know Thailand is considered a global leader in terms of the public health achievements it has made within last few decades. A large number of high level public health officials and medical experts in Nepal have been trained in Thailand. For that, we are grateful to you my dear Thai colleagues. But I also believe that there are countless opportunities of collaboration beyond just human resource development. Let us identify state-of-the-art research areas in basic, clinical, public health and implementation science and come up with findings and solutions that will have capacity to heal not just our nations, but a large part of the world as well. Let us identify areas of academic training and exchange so that we are able to build unique joint degree programs that will be coveted by the new generation of health professionals. This is even more pertinent in the current context when we are facing the challenges of climate change, migration related health issues and global health agenda that dominates not just health but also national security and human development.
These are just some areas that I would like to highlight but I am fully aware that there are numerous other sectors as well in which we can work together. My dear friends, whatever we do, bring a small piece of Thailand and establish in Nepal and take a small piece of Nepal and establish in Thailand.
I know when it comes to collaborations, the discussion always get locked ultimately in the point when we say, well how do we get the funds for this? I cannot give a direct answer to that at this stage; but let me tell you something. I am really fond of trekking in the mountains. When we go for a trek, we first climb a small mountain, take rest for a while, look around us and then we climb another one. Then again we conquer the peak, take rest for a while, gather our strength and continue for the next peak. That is how we surmount seemingly insurmountable challenges. That is how we climb Everest. I would suggest that until we manage to get substantial resources in order to make grand plans, let us use this approach. My own experience of building an institution in Nepal through scratch is a testimony to the fact that this approach is useful. At age 32, when I returned from Europe after almost 15 years, I came back with almost nothing but just a dream to do something good in my place. Almost two decades later, as I look back, I realize that there were ups and downs but somehow at every corner we found a way to solve problems. I am thoroughly convinced now that dreams are the most important things. If we follow them with utmost dedication and sincerity, stars align to support us. So, my dear friends, let us start with what we have with us. I am sure we have a lot with us, most importantly, this outstanding group of dedicated people, committed to succeed.
Finally, I would like to close my speech by what your late prince Mahidol had said many years ago, ‘True success is not in the learning but in its application to the benefit of mankind.’My dear learned friends, let us create a model of success, however small it is that shows how we can collaborate tobenefit the mankind. It is from these small models of success we will build great things and find a way to challenge and change the world.
editorial | 31 March, 2015 16:14
The 11th International Conference on 'ASIAN Community Knowledge Networks for the Economy, Society, Culture and Environmental Stability' organized jointly by Kathmandu University and Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Thailand, was inaugurated on March 31, 2015.
The major activity of the Inter-University Cooperation Program is to bring the awareness of global economic, social, environmental and political issues that have significant impacts on global warming, trade, financial stability and human security.
The Conference was inaugurated by Honorable Minister of Education of Nepal, Mrs. Chitra Lekha Yadav and chaired by Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University.
isms | 29 March, 2015 03:35
As yet another milestone contribution in its series of faculty support activities, the Humanities and Management Unit (HMU), School of Engineering, organized a one-day workshop on “Outcome-Based Planning and Professional Development,” on 27 March 2015. As many as 25 teachers from School of Engineering and School of Science participated in the day-long activities, which were facilitated by Dr. Bal Chandra Luitel, Associate Dean, and Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Associate Professor, from School of Education.
Mr. Hem Raj Kafle, Coordinator of HMU, started the program shedding lights on the fact that university teaching is a complex and ever-expanding discipline where faculties are in need of constant grooming in the human and intellectual aspects of the field irrespective of the areas of specialization and disciplinary inclinations.
Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Associate Dean, School of Engineering, highlighted the schools’ general expectations from the faculties. He emphasized on the importance of semester planning, student facilitation beyond regular classroom environment, and faculties’ self-regulation within University’s norms.
The workshop comprised two key sessions, respectively on “Outcome-Based Planning and Teaching” and “Teachers’ Professional Development.” Leading the first session, Dr. Luitel discussed the authenticity of planning with focus to and clarity of the missions, visions, and signature features of the programs, departments, schools, and the University at large. He stressed the need to document graduate attributes within each program and department, and asked the participants to brainstorm representative graduate attributes envisioned in their respective programs and departments. In the second session, Dr. Gnawali engaged the participants in different activities related to professional development. He suggested utilizing local and self-created resources, and drew attention to the value of documenting the stories of failures and successes, and of retrospection on one’s own evolution in the course of experiencing professional growth.
In the feedback session, the participants suggested implementation of the issues covered in the workshop, especially the documentation of signature features and graduate attributes. They also demanded regular faculty orientation and mentoring on pedagogical as well as personal complexities.
editorial | 27 March, 2015 09:36
Prof. Y. K. Vijay, President of Vivekanand Global University, India, visited Kathmandu University on March 27, 2015.
During the visit, he held discussions with Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor and Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, among other KU officials about exploring the possible areas of collaboration between the universities.
isms | 27 March, 2015 07:02
Kathmandu University Business Incubation Center (KUBIC) in collaboration with Community Education Project (CEP) is organizing a talk program on Intellectual Property and Business Contract Law for professionals/ faculty members.
The speakers for the session are Mr. Anup Kumar Acharya, Fulltime Faculty, Kathmandu University School of Law and Mr. Arun Sharma, Visiting Faculty, Kathmandu University.
Interested faculties/ staffs are requested to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 9:30am- 12:15pm
Venue: C.V.Raman Mini Auditorium
isms | 27 March, 2015 06:58
Kathmandu University, Department of Biotechnology, School of Science invites application for the admission in MS by Research in Biotechnology to conduct research on medicinal plants.
Application form is available in the administrative division, School of Science, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre.
Only short listed candidates will be called for interview.
editorial | 23 March, 2015 07:51
The International Symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines - V was inaugurated on March 23, 2015 in CV Raman Auditorium, Kathmandu University.
The Symposium has been organized by Turbine Testing Lab (TTL) to create a platform for aspiring researchers from hydropower sector to share their ideas and information regarding their research activities.
Inaugurating the program, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar of Kathmandu University shared that the university was expanding in research in hydropower as there is tremendous potential in the sector. He further expressed his hope that the presenters and participants of the program could be benefitted through sharing of ideas and opinion.
isms | 20 March, 2015 07:12
editorial | 20 March, 2015 06:36
Kathmandu University welcomed Ms. Susan Parker-Burns, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, in its central premises, Dhulikhel, on March 20, 2015.
Ms. Parker had discussions with Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, the Vice Chancellor along with other authorities about the possible areas of collboration with the Universities in the U.S. through the Embassy.
The meeting was also focused on collborating in order to create a model library at KU.
isms | 19 March, 2015 07:50
isms | 19 March, 2015 06:31
editorial | 15 March, 2015 08:17
Kathmandu University welcomed some delegates including board members and students from Shenandoah University, USA, in its central premises on March 15, 2015.
The delegates had a meeting with Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor of KU and other university authorities where discussions were held regarding the possible areas of collaboration between the universities.
isms | 13 March, 2015 10:06
isms | 12 March, 2015 11:27
Kathmandu University (KU) is an autonomous, not-for-profit institution dedicated to maintain high standards of academic excellence.
School of Science, Department of Natural Sciences invites application from dynamic and qualified candidates who are willing to take up challenges, for the following positions on contract basis.
Required No: One
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION REQUIRED:
Master degree with first division in Physics with Material Science background
This is a replacement position of a contract faculty
Interested applicants are requested to submit an application in person along with Curriculum Vitae (In CV two references person must be mentioned) 1 passport size photograph along with attested testimonials ( transcript and mark sheet from SLC to last degree ), work experience certificates and copy of citizenship to the Office of the Dean, School of Science no later March 18, 2015.
isms | 12 March, 2015 11:23
Workshop on Outcomes-Based Planning and Professional Development
The Humanities and Management Unit (HMU), School of Engineering, is organizing a one-day workshop on “Outcomes-Based Planning and Professional Development,” with expert support from the School of Education. Interested faculties from different Departments/Programs are invited to sign in for the workshop before 23 March 2015.
27 March 2015 (Friday)