KATHMANDU, June 9: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the University education should be compatible with time and people-oriented.
Inaugurating a two-day international conference on 'Internationalization of University Education' organized by the Tribhuvan University ( TU) amidst a program here today, the President stressed the university education mechanism should be transformed into a center for innovation, research, and knowledge by assimilating the goals of sustainable development.
The President sought the TU's meaningful role to realize the nation's vision for ' Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali'. "Universities are always expected to move ahead on the basis of knowledge and research. Internationalization of University education is the need of the hour and the Tribhuvan University should be proactive towards that end," the President suggested.
Nepal, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, an apostle of peace and tolerance, has a long tradition of new research and thinking and the present educated and conscious community should further contribute for additional innovation, the Head-of-the-State asserted. In the context when the science and technology has already transformed the globe into a single village through the means of globalization, higher education should serve as a guideline for the society in the building of a welfare-based and just human society.
The trans-border movement of students in search for quality education would be relevant to exchange mutual knowledge and experiences along with the exchange of cultural values and norms, according to the President. TU Vice-Chancellor Dr Tirtha Raj Khaniya said he was hopeful that the Conference would prove a milestone in the TU's history. As he said, the TU has made policy-level reforms to internationalize the higher education system in the changing context.
TU Grants Commission chair Dr Bhim Prasad Subedi shared the Commission was always with the TU for research-based and quality education. Rector Dr Sudha Tripathi was of the view that appropriate curriculum, sustained research culture and good management remained as preconditions to enhance the quality of University education and its internationalization.
The event will see the presentation of working papers on different related topics by experts from several seven countries including Nepal.