KATHMANDU, June 29: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS), Tribhuvan University (TU), has announced plans to launch a school on Migration Studies in Nepal.
IOM and TU signed an agreement to coordinate and cooperate with each other on activities for the program amids a special function on Wednesday.
Utilizing IOM’s expertise and leadership on migration issues and building on its experience of organizing summer schools on migration in various parts of the world, IOM and TU plan to develop and deliver comprehensive training courses on migration studies in Nepal in the next two years starting from this year.
“Through the program, we aim to bring together practitioners, particularly youth, of all gender and backgrounds to enhance their knowledge in the field of migration,” a press statement quoted IOM Chief Lorena Lando as saying. “Through this initiative, IOM will be assisting Nepal in strengthening its knowledge base on migration, governance and sustainable development by providing a multi-disciplinary approach to migration.”
“I believe this collaboration will have a long-term impact in the field of migration research as we will be able to develop future migration experts in Nepal,” said Prof Dr Kushum Shakya, Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences of Tribhuvan University.
The initiative of launching a school on migration studies is funded by the IOM Development Fund, which aims to support the government in addressing migration issues in a comprehensive manner for the benefit of sustainable development through the acquisition of knowledge on migration, according to the IOM.