A team of representatives from NRNA, NRN-Canada, CFFN and NECASE visited Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada and had a day-long intensive interaction with senior faculties and executives, including President Dr. Frits Pannekoek, to gather the information necessary for planning an ODL system for Nepal and to establish a preliminary contact with the Athabasca University, which is known to be one of the best models in ODL system globally. This reports the outcomes of the discussions and tour and recommendation developed by the team in regards to the Open University initiative.
NRN Skills, Knowledge and Innovation (SKI) Exchange Task Force has created a sub-task force named Access to Education in Nepal Sub-Task Force, which has taken Open University of Nepal as one of its major initiatives. The position paper of the subtask force is documented here.
NRNA is organizing a day long symposium, “Distance Learning and Access to Education in Nepal” from 8:30AM to 5:30PM on Friday, May 28, 2010 during its 4th Regional Conference to be held on 28-30 May, 2010. The program is being held at Houston Marriot Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston TX USA. The symposium The symposium has three segments, the first segment is devoted to developing business blueprint for the Open University of Nepal and the second segment to develop educational blueprint of the university. The third segment has been devoted to is devoted to select knowledge exchange initiatives embarked within NRNA that have potential to contribute to the Open University initiative in the long run. NRNA requests you to participate in the symposium and contribute in the development of the blueprint for the university.
CFFN and NRNA entered into a partnership to create the Open University of Nepal initiative to bring open and distance learning to Nepal. CFFN first presented this idea to NRN-Canada and then to a group of academics during 4th Global Conference of NRNA on October 15, 2009 in Kathmandu. Here is that presentation.