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Visit to Nepal for the preparation of Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP)
From February 13th to 21st, 2017, STEPI-CBNU consortium team visited Nepal for the preparation of KOICA’s Project for Integrated Rural Development of Nepal through Strengthening Research and Development Capacity of Kathmandu University(IRDP).

The Consortium team met with KOICA Nepal office and Kathmandu University (KU) project team to discuss about project implementation plan. The goal of the project is to contribute to social/economic development of rural community in Nepal by applying and transferring technologies. The project component includes Master Plan Establishment for Nepal Technology Innovation Center(NTIC); Local Consultation and Training; Pilot Projects; and Invitation for Training to Korea. The project will also help to strengthen R&D capacity of KU, where NTIC will be constructed.

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The STEPI Consortium and KOICA team carried out a study trip to Kathmandu University to take a look at KU’s research labs and training center. The study trip provided an opportunity to learn about KU’s research and training activities.

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The next day, the team visited KU’s Solambu outreach center and rural community in order to learn about KU’s various activities supporting development of rural communities. The purpose of field visit was to understand technology transfer mechanism from University to community as well as to investigate rural community’s technology development level and demand for technology transfer.


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The STEPI research team and the MEST agreed to co-organize a capacity building workshop within this year for the experts from the major institutions to learn and acquire an efficient approach for the effective National Technology Roadmap of Tanzania. STEPI and the MEST will continue to cooperate for the project which is expected to be accomplished by 2018.

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On Monday, February 21, the team met with KU project team and KOICA Nepal office to share the information gathered during the field visit and discuss further project operation plan. During the meeting, STEPI Consortium and KU signed the MOM(Minutes of Meeting), noting the issues discussed during the visit. KU nominated Professor Dr. Bim Prasad and Dr. Biraj Karmacharya as Principal Investigator and Co- Principal Investigator, respectively.

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The STEPI Consortium held a wrap-up dialogue with KU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ram KM Shrestha, before departure. The Vice Chancellor and the team agreed on the necessity of efficient and prompt implementation of the project for the improvement of people’s lives in rural Nepal.

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Serving as a technology platform for researchers, entrepreneurs and rural communities, the NTIC will help communities improve quality of lives and increase income of people through technology promotion.
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