NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project

"Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region"

Description of Project Partner Institutions

University of Life Sciences, Norway

In total, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has some 4,420 students of which about 450 are PhD students. Annually, the University confers 50 to 60 PhD degrees upon successful candidates. There are many different nationalities at UMB; the international students make up 20% of all students at the University. Of the 1160 University staff, more than half hold scientific positions. The estimated budget for 2013 for the university in total is 581 963 000 NKr for the whole university.

UMB aims to “develop the recruitment/exchange of students and teaching staff, the quality of its English programs and course portfolio as well as the quality of the overall learning environment, to secure UMB’s position as an attractive exchange destination for highly qualified teaching staff and students.”  (UMB Strategy 2010-2013) . Building up alliances as well as strengthening internationalization through student exchange, and ensuring the quality of the exchange is explicit strategic targets that UMB strive to achieve and that NORHEAD could potentially help promoting.

The department in question (NORAGRIC) has more than 20 years’ collaboration with academic and professional institutions in Africa, Asia and South East Europe. Noragric aims to promote human rights and social justice, reflecting the ethical awareness and commitment of its staff and students as well as the University’s ethical guidelines.  For more details see:

Kathmandu University,Nepal

Established through an Act of the Parliament in 1991, Kathmandu University is a degree granting academic institution with 344 faculty and 158 staff.  In addition to 3369 students studying in its constituent campuses 4897 students are in its affiliated colleges.  Annual intake capacity of KU is 1088, out of them 690 are undergraduate, and 398 graduate students.  KU affiliated colleges have an annual intake capacity of about 1200 students.  Spread over four locations in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel, KU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees though seven Schools, namely, Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law.

Kathmandu University receives a minimum of funding from the government (less than 10% of budget).  The operating expenses are met largely from the tuition fees, which make up about 60% of the total annual budget of the University.  The remainder of the budget comes from domestic and international grants, donations and research/consultancy.  For more information visit:

Institute of Forestry- Pokhara

1st. August 2014 Meeting Decision

1. Faculty Research Grant award: Committee has decided to award two small research grants for the following faculty based on highest score recommendation from the external evaluators.
a. Small grant award: 1. Asst. Professor,Mr. Mahendra Thapa (PI)
2. Associate Professor. Eng. Binod Pd Heyjoo (PI)
2. Library Support: Committee has decided to collect the book list from the both campus and review list of book based of new Course curricula.
3. Ph D applicant from Bhutan: Committee has decided to collect all his academic transcripts and consult to the TU Equivalence for his degree.
4. PhD application: Committee has decided to extend application deadline till end of August, 2014, with following PhD scholarship criteria:
PhD Scholarships Available – Call for Application: Extended till August 31, 2014
NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project, Institute of Forestry (IOF), Tribhuvan University (TU), announces the availability of fellowships for conducting Ph.D. Degree in the field of “Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Climate Change” and specific topics dealing with:
Contribution of Forest for carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change
Ecosystem based Climate Change Adaptation
Agroforestry system: Role on Carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation in Nepalese farming
Water harvesting and management for sustainable/enhanced production and domestic use.
Prospects of enhancing soil and water conservation and land productivity through vegetative and low-cost bioengineering techniques.
Eligibility for the applicant:
A minimum of 17 years of education with a Master’s degree in Forestry, Watershed and Natural Resource management or allied fields of study.
A minimum of 50% marks or 3.0 GPA (‘B’ average) in BSc and MSc degree work.
Age limit for research fellowship is 45 years (candidates should not be over 45 at the time of registration.
Proven research capacity through scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Prior research and or work experience in related fields.
Permanent faculty from the IOF.
Interested and eligible the IOF faculty are encouraged to apply at the Institute of Forestry NORHED Office Pokhara along with the following documents:
1. Cover letter indicating the reason and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. in the above topic areas
2. Attested copies of all academic records (high school, I.Sc, B.Sc., M.Sc.)
3. Recommendation letter from the two referees
4. Concept proposal (3-5) pages on one of the above or related topics
5. No objection letter from the concern authority indicating leave of absence to complete PhD work.
Applications are to be submitted to the Project Office by August 31st 2014. Short-listed candidates will be called for interview and asked to present their proposals for final selection in front of experts. Selected candidate(s) are required to enroll at the Ph.D. program at the IOF, TU or any other TU academic Institute. Priority will be given to female candidate. Fellowships will cover three years tuition fees, field and laboratory research expenses and will include a monthly stipend 22000 NRs. Project has reserve its right to accept or reject the scholarship.For more details see:

Karakoram International University

Karakoram International University, founded in 2002 is a public sector higher education institution accredited by the  Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.  It has a total of 189 faculty members and 144 management staff.  The current student strength at KIU Main Campus is 2093 where as in Skardu Campus the strength is 463.  The gender ratio of the KIU student body is 49% male to 51% female.  KIU has a total 261 affiliated colleges with an annual intake capacity of about 52,167 students.

Karakoram International University receives 50% of its budget from Government of Pakistan through Higher Education Commission .The university is generating almost 50% of its budget from students fee and external examinations. KIU also have other ongoing projects which been funded by international donors.  For more details see:


Royal University of Bhutan

Bhutan launched its one and only University, the Royal University of Bhutan, in June 2003, under the Royal Charter and Statutes signed in 18 April 2003 and 25 April 2003 respectively. The Royal Charter and the Statutes provide the legal instruments for the University. The objectives of the University as stated in the Royal Charter (RUB 2003) are: to develop and provide programs of study at tertiary education level, of relevance and good quality which will fulfill the needs of the country for an educated and skilled population, and to promote and conduct research, to contribute to the creation of knowledge in an international context and to promote the transfer of knowledge of relevance to Bhutan.  Collage of Natural Resources was established in 1992 with the aim to promote economic development and nature conservation in the country.  CNR offers broad-based programs in natural resources management at the diploma and undergraduate levels. At present the programs taught in the college include Diploma in Animal Husbandry, Diploma in Agriculture, Diploma in Forestry, B.Sc Agriculture, B.Sc Forestry, and B.Sc Animal Science.

RBU is fully supported and funded by the Royal Government of Bhutan.  The day to day functioning is supported by the government. Only about 10% of the students enrolled at RUB are self-financed, while the majority of students are supported through scholarships from the government.  Climate change and sustainable natural resource management are high priority areas for this small, mountainous country which is highly vulnerable to climate change.  For more information visit:


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