The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) was founded in 2007 with the goal of building a dynamic mountain knowledge partnership among the universities of the HKH region and other organizations and institutions – both within and outside the region – concerned with sustainable mountain development (SMD) in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) and adjoining mountainous regions. From the outset, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has hosted the Secretariat of the HUC and facilitated its activities. The members of the HUC share many common values and concerns regarding opportunities and challenges for research, education and training relating to regional SMD. However, the universities in the HKH vary considerably in many aspects. Some have existed for a century or more, with a wealth of resources such as multidiscipline research centers, experienced scholars and professionals, experience in capacity building, and research and extension capabilities. Others have been established over the past decade. Some universities have long-established collaborative bilateral relationships with universities in Europe or North America; others have no such relationships.