The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) was established with a mandate to develop an effective, sustainable network of universities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). The initiative is part of the regional programme on Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN) at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). It works in collaboration with academic, research, and knowledge generating and exchange institutions within and outside the HKH.
Over the past decade, ICIMOD has provided technical support in strengthening research capacity in climate change sciences and natural resource studies and management. The HUC Secretariat responds to requests to help build and upgrade curricula for sustainable mountain development from schools and departments at universities—both members and non-members of HUC.
The Objectiuve and the expected outcome of the meeting is stated below:
Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, and senior administrators and researchers from HUC member institutions in Nepal will be discussing:
A draft of the HUC Strategy and Action Plan I (2018–2025)
Potential funding sources for research and training collaboration among HUC members in Nepal and members within and outside the region
Thematic areas for Nepal and the role of HUC Nepal members in thematic working groups
Promotion of science-policy dialogues through HUC linkages with policy making institutions
Potential linkage between HUC and Nepal’s University Grants Commission
The need to establish an HUC Country Chapter in Nepal
Procedure to nominate an HUC Steering Group member representing members in Nepal
The meeting is expected to arrive at:
A summary of comments and inputs to the HUC Strategy and Action Plan I (2018–2025)
A summary and action points regarding resource mobilization and potential for collaboration
A summary and action points regarding the HUC Country Chapter in Nepal
A summary and action points of the nomination procedure for an HUC Steering Group member representing Nepal