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The Project for Integrated Rural Development of Nepal through Strengthening Research and Development Capacity of Kathmandu University – Field Visit for Master Plan Phase 2~3
From July 3rd to 15th, 2017, STEPI-CBNU consortium team visited Nepal for the preparation of KOICA’s Project for Integrated Rural Development of Nepal through Strengthening R&D Capacity of Kathmandu University (IRDP). In this time, the consortium team conducted two phases (Master Plan Phase 2 and 3) together.

This field visit focused on gathering data and materials for the operation and evaluation of the Nepal Technology Innovation Center (NTIC); thus, demand survey on technology and innovation for the NTIC, baseline survey and prioritization of pilot projects were required.

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This field visit focused on 4 key areas; 1) Conducting technology and innovation demand survey for the NTIC, 2) Conducting baseline survey for the purpose of performance evaluation in the future, 3) Reviewing and selecting pilot projects, 4) Gathering data and materials for designing NTIC’s operation unit/system.

The team decided to visit relevant institutions/ organizations to closely identify their function and operation system for planning NTIC’s operation unit and establishing operation system. The main targets of interview were National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Center for Rural Technology for Nepal (CRT/N), International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering (TU IoE), and Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC).

The consortium team had a chance to exchange ideas with experts in Nepal regarding how NTIC can be sustainable in the long-term. From this point, the team has confirmed the role of NTIC as umbrella entity to cover other institutions with conducing joint-project and sharing facilities.

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In relations to the value of cooperation between two countries, a direct contribution from Korean experts to Nepal will bring stability and development over the long term. Also, the next field visit will be in September 2017 to set the Phase 4 of Masterplan of NTIC. From Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP), the facilities and infrastructure in Kathmandu University could be upgraded that can impact the development of rural area with collaborative programs. The STEPI-CBNU team will continue to work in cooperation with Kathmandu University which is expected to maintain and develop national relations between Korea and Nepal.
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