Kathmandu, October 10
Kathmandu University has launched an initiative to attract more foreign students to the institution.
The university says it wants to enrol as many foreign students as possible because the university’s history has already proved that Nepal has the potential of educating foreigners and further enhancing this would contribute to boosting the academic image of the country.
Uddhab Pyakurel, the associate director of the Global Engagement division of the university, says students from 46 countries except those of SAARC nations have already been educated at the university.
“This university has maintained a good image at the national and international levels due to its international-standard curricula, English as the language of teaching and learning, and a timely calendar,” he says, “The university’s policy of developing itself as a centre of academic attraction at the international level matches the government’s policy of mobilising the country’s soft power.”
Pyakurel informs the university has recently introduced a provision according to which a professor or an associate professor of the university can sponsor a student of any grade as their research fellow, and foreign students can also get benefit from this. The university will provide free residents for the fellows whereas 10 per cent seats have been allocated for them in most of the programmes.
He says the university is in conversation with concerned government authorities to introduce schemes such as visa fee waivers for the students so as to attract many of them.