Ties have been strengthened between Western Sydney University and Nepal after Vice- Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover recently signed a mobility agreement with Kathmandu University. Under this agreement, students will be enabled to study overseas between the two institutions.
A formal announcement was made during the Vice- Chancellor’s visit to Nepal last week.
During the visit, Western Sydney University was also invited to attend a convocation ceremony held by Kathmandu University. There, Vice- Chancellor Glover addressed a crowd of 5,000. Amongst the crowd were Nepali dignitaries including, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Minister for Education and Australian Ambassador Glenn white.
It is hoped that the mobility agreement will encourage more students to undertake study overseas. “We need to have graduates that have the skills to be successful in a very complex, competitive and technology- rich world…what better way to get a world perspective than to spend time studying overseas and creating a network that is irreplaceable,” Vice- Chancellor Glover said.
Dr Sagar Raj Saharma, Associate Dean of Arts at Kathmandu University, seconds this, saying “exposure to a different culture and learning environment fosters professionalism.” Previous to the Mobility Agreement, there were already large numbers of Nepali students applying to study at Western Sydney University, with the most popular field of study being nursing. By nationality, Nepal is one of the second largest markets for international students for Western Sydney University.
Last year, approximately 10,500 student visas were granted to Nepali students for study in Australia.
Former Kathmandu University student Abhi Ghimre, will be one of the many international students studying at Western Sydney University next year. Ghimre will undertake his Masters in Convergent Media. “I’m looking forward to working with people from different areas of the world who will help me create an irreplaceable network,” Ghimre said. “There’s a growing media industry in Nepal so I’m looking forward to contributing my knowledge gained from my time at Western Sydney University to the industry back in Nepal.”
Last week, Western Sydney University also offered a scholarship for one resident in the remote village of Langtang, Nepal to study a degree in Tourism Management in 2017. The village was one of the worst affected by the earthquake in 2015.