NTNC hosted students from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) and Kathmandu University (KU) for an introductory seminar session at its central office today.
NTNC chair Dr Krishna Prasad Oli was there to welcome and brief the guests about Nepal and the country's conservation context. Dr Naresh Subedi, NTNC director of programmes, introduced NTNC's projects. The student delegation was led by Prof Dr Morten Odden, INN, Norway.
Later this week, students will visit Shuklaphanta, in far-west Nepal, where they will spend several weeks, to learn through NTNC’s field training in applied wildlife research. Thereafter, they continue with their studies in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area.
The current exchange is part of the three-month-long academic coursework designed in collaboration between NTNC, INN and KU. The coursework is primarily designed to promote education and build capacity in applied ecology and wildlife management. This is the third batch of students NTNC is hosting.
As part of the exchange arrangement, students form KU's Department of Environmental Sciences, spend one semester (four months) in Norway, in fulfillment of 30 course credit points. Likewise students from INN, Norway spend three months with NTNC, equivalent to 30 ECTS.