UWE Bristol plan to provide HE programmes in Kathmandu, Nepal

Issue date: 12 January 2012


UWE Bristol is working with the British College Kathmandu in Nepal to deliver UWE undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to meet a growing demand for international degree courses in the country.

The Honourable Minister for Education, Nepal, Mr Dina Nath Sharma; the Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Nepal, Mr Kishore Thapa; Nepal Ambassador to the UK, Dr Suresh Chandra Charise; and the CEO of the British College Kathmandu, Rajen Kandel, will visit the Frenchay Campus of UWE Bristol on 13 January [2012]. They will meet Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, John Rushforth. They will sign a memorandum of understanding signalling the commitment of the two institutions to work together. UWE Bristol is the only UK University to be visited by Mr Dina Nath Sharma as part of his week long visit to the UK.

The British College Kathmandu is a new institution based in a state of the art building in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. It will have more than 1,600 students studying a range of programmes, within its first 2 years of operation. Although initially most students will be from Nepal, as an international college, it is intended to attract students from other South Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh, China and Pakistan.

Initially, the UWE programmes offered will be undergraduate Business Studies and postgraduate International Management, both popular subject areas. The courses will be taught exclusively in English and students will go through the same assessments as their UK-based peers. . The programmes will provide students with a valuable international qualification.

Rajen Kandel, CEO of the British College Kathmandu, says, “We are delighted to be visiting UWE Bristol to increase our understanding of the University and what it has to offer. We chose UWE as our overseas partner because of their previous experience in working with international partners, and for the quality of the programmes on offer.

Nepal has only six universities but demand is strong and programmes taught in English are very popular with students who are seeking an internationally relevant programme and qualification. This will be a cost-effective way for Nepalese people to gain an international degree. I look forward to working closely with colleagues at UWE to help us meet this growing need in Nepal.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West said, “We are delighted to welcome the Honourable Minister for Education, Mr Dina Nath Sharma and his colleagues to UWE. We have great hopes for this collaboration in terms of the benefits it can bring to Nepalese students seeking an international degree qualification. UWE has an excellent track record and proven experience of working with international partners. We have well established partnerships with universities and colleges across South East Asia. This new initiative is part of our strategy to expand our international links by building relationships with partners in a number of countries.”

UWE Bristol currently has developments in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

A formal approval process will take place in February with representatives from both institutions along with external examiners. Recruitment for the September 2012 intake is initially expected to be around 600 students.

Nepal has a population of just over 26 million and is located in South Asia. It shares borders with India and China. The capital is Kathmandu with a population of just under a million. Nepal is a major tourist destination. As the main access for Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Nepal has a long experience of English speaking tourists visiting the country.


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