Nepal: Strengthening Higher Engineering Education

Sovereign Project | 45192-002 Status: Proposed

Summary

Nepal needs a world-class higher engineering education institute (WCHEEI) to help enhance global competitiveness of Nepal's economy. Objectives of establishment of WCHEEI in Nepal will (i) produce qualified graduates who are in high demand on the labor market, (ii) conduct leading-edge research published in journals, and (iii) contribute to technical innovations for economic development. International and regional good practices of WCHEEI operation emphasize the value of national strategic orientation, autonomy, international/regional competitiveness, sustainable funding, and partnership. To develop WCHEEI, three key factors are important: (i) concentration of talents (internationalization of faculty staff and students), (ii) provision of adequate financial resources, and (iii) favorable governance. WCHEEI will develop capacity to compete in the global higher education marketplace through the acquisition, adaptation, and creation of advanced knowledge.

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Project Name Strengthening Higher Engineering Education
Project Number 45192-002
Country Nepal
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Strengthening Higher Engineering Education
Asian Development Fund US$ 70.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description Nepal needs a world-class higher engineering education institute (WCHEEI) to help enhance global competitiveness of Nepal's economy. Objectives of establishment of WCHEEI in Nepal will (i) produce qualified graduates who are in high demand on the labor market, (ii) conduct leading-edge research published in journals, and (iii) contribute to technical innovations for economic development. International and regional good practices of WCHEEI operation emphasize the value of national strategic orientation, autonomy, international/regional competitiveness, sustainable funding, and partnership. To develop WCHEEI, three key factors are important: (i) concentration of talents (internationalization of faculty staff and students), (ii) provision of adequate financial resources, and (iii) favorable governance. WCHEEI will develop capacity to compete in the global higher education marketplace through the acquisition, adaptation, and creation of advanced knowledge.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Strengthening higher engineering education (HEE) project aims at improved quality and relevance of skills acquired by graduates to better respond to labor market needs. The project supports Nepal to establish a world-class higher engineering education institute (WCHEEI). The project is fully consistent with Nepal's country partnership strategy, and is included in the country business operations plan in 2015-2017.
Impact Inclusive economic growth and innovation supported by engineers and researchers (Nepal Government's Approach Paper to the Thirteenth Plan (2013-2016)
Outcome Market-relevance and quality of HEE programs offered by WCHEE improved improved
Outputs

Management and governance of WCHEEI developed

Academic programs provided by WCHEEI improved

Physical facilities installed in WCHEEI

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

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Involuntary Resettlement tbd
Indigenous Peoples tbd
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design There are a large number of stakeholders involving preparation and implementation of the project. They include high policy makers, MOE, University Grants Commission, WCHEEI, Engineering Association, business associations, large business interests in relevant engineering areas (e.g., construction, power, and tourism), students, and their parents. The project design will require a new higher education act for a newly established WCHEEI. Various levels of consultations will be organized for strategic development of WCHEEI (its mission/role, management structure) and smooth implementation of the project. In addition, workshops and consultations with key stakeholders, including the private sector to ensure focus on relevance of engineering program, will be conducted under the PPTA.
During Project Implementation Implementation of the project will require strong involvement of stakeholders. It includes development of market relevant curriculum. During the project preparations, strategic actions and consultation with stakeholders will be developed.

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Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Gi Soon Song
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Sano Thimi
Kathmandu, Nepal

Timetable

Concept Clearance 18 Dec 2015
Fact Finding 02 Feb 2017 to 05 Feb 2017
MRM 15 Mar 2017
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2016

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