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Visit cum Training Program

isms | 25 November, 2009 14:34

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Forum for Civil Engineering Education in Universities of Developing Countries


On friendly invitation of College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University, the Dean of School of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and the Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey participated in a 20-day visit cum training program organized by Hunan University in Chnagsha of Hunan Province of People's Republic of China from 10 to 30 September 2009. Seventeen Participants from six-developing countries namely: Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal. The visit was sponsored by the Ministry of Education.


The main objective of the Forum was to provide opportunity to scholars from Asia and Africa to use it as a platform for sharing knowledge and building network between them for mutual growth in the context of Global knowledge–based economy. There were eleven lectures by professors from Hunan University, one special presentation by participants and one plenary discussion on "Opportunities in International Collaboration and Interaction in Education and Research in Civil Engineering" Furthermore, the visit was supplemented by four technical visits to different design institutions, heavy industries, construction sites related to civil engineering. Participants also have appreciated the visits to different historical and tourist sites in Hunan Province and Beijing including the Great China Wall.


As an outcome of the Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding for educational and cultural cooperation between Suez Canal University, Egypt and Kathmandu University has been signed by the authorities of respective universities. Similarly, an Expression of Interest document for mutual cooperation in educational and cultural exchange has been signed by authorities of participating countries. Further, a meeting was held between the delegates from Kathmandu University and representative of Hunan Allonward Hydro-Generating Equipment Co. Ltd on 24-25 September in Changsha of Hunan Province to discuss on various aspects of mutual cooperation (see Minutes of Meeting)


Kathmandu University extends its warm thanks to College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University for the friendly invitation and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with distinguished participants from Asia and Africa. Gratitude also goes to Prof. Lee of Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University for organizing this visit.

Mr. K.P. Shrestha and Mr. Vijit Atreya attended JENESYS 2009

isms | 20 November, 2009 14:04

Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrethsa (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Mr. Vijit Atreya (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Computer Science and Engineering) have attended Invitation Programme for Science and Technological Human Resources under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme 2009 in Japan from Nov 1 – 14, 2009. During the courtesy call on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, on 2nd Nov, 2009, Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrestha delivered special speech on the behalf of all the participating nations from SAARC. During the program, 4 participants have represented Nepal. The rest two participants (Mr. Kaji Ram Karki and Mr. Soyuz Gautam) were from Tribhuvan University.

The objective of the programme was to establish network among Japanese and SAARC Science and Technological human resources and also to establish network within the Science and Technological human resources from SAARC nations. The participating nations were Bangladesh (3 participants), India (6 participants), Nepal (4 participants), Pakistan (3 participants) and Sri Lanka (3 participants). During the program, the participants visited various cities, institutions and industries of Japan. The cities they have visited are Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The institutions they have visited are Nagoya Institute of Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology and Kobe University. They have also visited Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, Panasonic Center at Osaka, Sumitomo Metal Industries – Kashima Steel Works and Yamanaka Engineering Company at Tokyo. The participants have also visited Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute and various historic and cultural sites of Japan. According to the participants from Kathmandu University, Nepal, the program remained successful in fulfilling its objectives. Kathmandu University thanks Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and all the facilitators of this program.

Mr. Khagendra Acharya attended International Workshop in Israel

isms | 08 November, 2009 15:52

Mr. Khagendra Acharya, Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, attended an International Workshop on Media Strategies for Social Change held in Haifa, Israel from 19-30 October. 

Mr. Acharya who was selected a group leader of the team that comprised Jo from China, Luis from El Salvador,Grace from Nigeria and Rosan from Philipines, presented a power point presentation on the title Global Crisis: Who Suffers?

Dr Jyoti Upadhyaya visited Canada as a Visiting Professor

isms | 06 November, 2009 11:15

Dr. Jyoti Upadhyaya visited the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as a Visiting Professor.   She also presented a paper on “Mathematical modeling of mortality for countries with limited and defective data” on 23rd October in the Statistics and Computing colloquium of the department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph. Two research papers were completed and submitted for publication during this time. She also visited the Department of Statistics, St Catherine, Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

DMSDC change to HiCCRDC

isms | 05 November, 2009 12:07

The Disaster Management and Sustainable Development Center (DMSDC) of Kathmandu University is renamed to the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) in October 2009. The HiCCDRC is under the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), School of Science (SOS) in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Nepal

The main objective of the center is to carry out research on cryospheric science and climate change related issues and produce young researchers in these fields. 

The specific objectives of the center include: 

·          Research on snow, glacier, glacial lakes, hydrology, disaster, energy, biodiversity, climate change and related issues- in house, collaborative and cliental

·          Trainings- in house and outside cliental in the above mentioned topics

·          Course offerings – M. Sc. by research, M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Glaciology

·          Provide services to university in the related expertise

·          Organize relevant workshop/seminar/conferences

·          Develops national/international linkage and collaborations


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