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Need of the Project

The need for the project arises from the role and institutional strategies of the partner universities in Nepal. Operating nation-wide in Nepal, Tribhuvan University (TU) has a share of 88 per cent of HE student enrolment in Nepal through its main, constituent and affiliated campuses. Consequently, TU has a key role in relation to SSDP and HE reforms. The Faculty of Education (TU-FoE), including the Open and Distance Education Center (TU-ODEC), has a mission to provide flexible training programmes for pre-service and inservice secondary level teachers.

Impact of the Project

The strengthened capacity of HE to enhance equitable access to education through digital learning opportunities and accordingly to provide students with 21st century skills, and thus, to implement the national School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) 2016-2023 and Nepal’s new constitution. Even though Nepal has clearly improved access to education there are still thresholds for enrolment to schools for disadvantaged people and people living in remote areas that include women and ethnic minorities, and people’s transition to higher levels of education. Therefore, it is vital to equip HE with the capacity to provide diversified digital learning opportunities for all. Furthermore, there is a need to improve the quality and relevance of education, and thus, to enhance development of 21st century skills which are needed in ever changing societies globally. The assumption for the impact is that the government of Nepal will continue to prioritize the education sector and its long-term development, as it has done in the past.

Outcome of the project

The goal is to strengthen the capacity of HE to enhance equal access to education through digital learning opportunities. In order to achieve this, the development activities aim to provide students with 21st century skills. These goals also contribute to the national School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) 2016-2023 and are in accordance with Nepal’s new constitution. The outcome of the project are: Output 1: • Newly designed Master’s programed on 21st century pedagogy focusing on digital pedagogy, guidance and counselling, and critical thinking (equivalent to 36 ECTS). Output 2: • A guidance and counselling module. This will include one face-to-face, taught study module and a MOOC designed for teachers and teacher students to support the HRB approach, to promote equity in education, and to prevent dropouts among girls and representatives of excluded communities. (equivalent to two 3 ETCS courses). Output 3: • Increased capacity of TU and NOU to promote integration of ICT and 21st century skills into existing education programmes of all levels of education through workshop and training for educational personnel at provincial and local governments.

Institutional Arrangements

Project planning

The project planning process consisted of four main phases. The first joint planning workshop took place 11- 12 June 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal, in which JAMK, HAMK, TU and NOU identified together the needs for the project. On the basis of this workshop, the first stage project proposal for the HEI ICI project was designed. […]

The institutional competences of the Finnish and Nepalese HEIs

The consortium of this project has strong expertise and experience of working on the subject matters and to successfully implement the project. The partners are strongly committed to collaborate and reach the set results. JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) is an internationally audited and accredited university of applied sciences, esteemed by working life, generating […]

Background and collaboration

JAMK started working with a Nepalese higher education institution within the North-South-South program in the field of health and social education since 2007. In April 2011, JAMK organized a workshop in Kathmandu concerning the needs of the education sector development in Nepal. Over the years, JAMK has also had several discussions with the Finnish Embassy […]

Dr. Bed Prasad Dhakal

“Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as those that separate students who are prepared for a more and more complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.”

Dr. Ganga Ram Gautam

“21st century skills comprise skills, abilities, and learning dispositions that have been identified as being required for success in 21st century society and workplaces by educators, business leaders, academics and governmental agencies. This is part of a growing international movement focusing on the skills required for students to master in preparation for success in a […]

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