USD 60 million Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program launched

Published On: October 28, 2021 06:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: The government in association with the World Bank (WB) has launched the Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program (NEHEP). USD 60 million has been allocated for the program.

The five-year program has aimed to improve the quality and labor market relevance of Nepal’s higher education, scale up collaborative research and online learning, and expand access to academic institutions for underprivileged and vulnerable students from disadvantaged areas. The program is expected to build on the success of earlier higher education projects through the scale up of online platforms and blended learning across all universities in Nepal. 

Bhim Prasad Subedi, chairperson of the University Grants Commission under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, said the NEHEP will help exploit the benefits of the knowledge economy and information era to increase participation, quality, and relevance of higher education programs.

Faris Hadad-Zervos, the WB’s Country Director for the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, said the program will support Nepal in the process of the COVID-19 recovery by improving access of students, especially those from disadvantaged communities, to quality higher education and skills that are in demand in the labor market.


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