Open University of Nepal Event in NRN Day Program

A day-long program of Open University of Nepal (OUN) initiative is planned in Kathmandu on Thursday, 7th October as an important part of the NRN Day programs being organized by Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) will officially kickoff from this event. The OUN program aims to achieve meaningful interactions with high government officials, to policy makers, leaders of major political parties, prominent educators, journalists and people of Nepal for establishing an open and distance institution for higher education as a means to remove barriers of universal access to higher education, targeting especially rural, remote and marginalized populations in Nepal. Continue reading

NRNA and Ministry of Education in Nepal organizing Open University of Nepal Program in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, October 3, 2010: During NRN-Day program, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Ministry of Education (MoE) in Nepal are organizing a day-long program in Kathmandu on Open University of Nepal (OUN) Initiative. The program will be held from 10:00AM to 4:00PM on October 7, 2010 at Annapurna Hotel.

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Workshop on Open University of Nepal, Friday, August 13, 2010, Ottawa, Canada

Friday, August 13, 2010, 8:30AM-4:30PM
School of Information Technology, Room: AP 132 (Azrieli Pavilion, next to Donton Tower)
1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON  K1S 5B6, Canada

A continuation of the Houston Workshop on Open University of Nepal held in May 2010, this workshop is to review the progress, refine action plans, identify potential funding sources, seek institutional partners for collaboration, and formulate the next steps towards a comprehensive business plan.

Download: Invitation Flyer, Program Schedule, Venue Information, Participant Information, Press Release, Other Coverage (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6)

Program Format:

On each topic, there will be an introductory presentation. Some three or four discussants will summarize their written and verbal critiques and provide suggestions. A round table discussion to collect the participant inputs in writings, flip-charts, and recordings of conversations will be done. Any contributions can be made in writing in advance, so that the suggestions could be incorporated in the final proposal by the core proponent team for OUN.

This is an academic forum of open format and not a lecture and question–answer type. The speakers will set the theme for the debate, the chair will moderate and keep time, the discussants will critique the presentations and all present will participate in questions and answers.

About the Core Proponent Team:

NRN SKI Task Force has taken a number of key initiatives to help Nepal. Promoting mass access to higher education through open and distance learning opportunities is one of those initiatives. A major part of this is the establishment of Open University of Nepal (OUN). Dr. Pramod Dhakal (Lead), Dr. Ambika Adhikari and Dr. Drona Rasali constitute the core proponent team for the proposed OUN.

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Workshop on Open University of Nepal, Ottawa, Canada

Friday, August 13, 2010, 8:30AM-4:30PM
School of Information Technology, Room: AP 132 (Azrieli Pavilion, next to Donton Tower)
1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON  K1S 5B6, Canada

A continuation of the Houston Workshop on Open University of Nepal held in May 2010, this workshop is to review the progress, refine action plans, identify potential funding sources, seek institutional partners for collaboration, and formulate the next steps towards a comprehensive business plan.

Download: Invitation Flyer, Program Schedule, Venue Information, Participant Information, Press Release, Other Coverage (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6)

Houston Program: Information for Participants

Introduction to the OUN Initiative

A group of concerned Nepalese Diaspora academics and professionals have been considering that an open and distance education program is the most effective way in taking tertiary education to the rural areas of Nepal. Recently, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) in alliance with the Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN), has brought forward an initiative to support the Government of Nepal build an Open University of Nepal (OUN). The core proponent team for the OUN, consisting of Dr. Pramod Dhakal (Leader), Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari and Dr. Drona P. Rasali, has led this initiative as a part of NRNA ICC’s Task Force on Skills, Knowledge and Innovation (SKI).

The major goal of the proposed OUN is to close the existing gap in higher education among rural, remote, and marginalized people of Nepal. Its main objectives are to provide continuing education opportunities for teachers and government employees, to offer higher education opportunities for the youth, and to advance a life-skill based education to rural people.

This initiative is at an early stage of work, as NRNA, CFFN and the core proponent team are working to develop a more detailed proposal and documentation, and to establish partnership with the Government of Nepal and other international institutions.

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Houston Program: Event Schedule – Day 1

New tools, technologies, and paradigms of learning that evolved in recent decades are unfolding new opportunities in promoting higher education among rural, remote and marginalized populations. In this context, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) have joined hands to partner with other international partners to help Nepal establish Open University of Nepal (OUN). This workshop is organized by NRN SKI Task Force to bring together prominent academics and institutional thinkers to deliberate the academic, management, and business aspects of creating the OUN.

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Houston Program: Invitation

The Houston workshop is organized to bring together some prominent academics and institutional thinkers to deliberate the academic, management, and business aspects of creating an OUN. This workshop will be a part of the 4th NRNA Regional Conference to be held in Houston, TX, USA during May 28-30, 2010. It is organized by the NRN Skills, Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Task Force (SKI) and will take place all day on May 28th.

Background

Nepal has been labouring through a long period of under achievement, while the age of technology, information and knowledge is already knocking its door. Its urban population has already come face to face with the internet and high technology. The population in rural and remote areas has also come to know about the illusive internet and information technology due to tourism, mobility of residents, mass media and efforts of the government and non-governmental organizations.

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