Centre for International Relations, Tribhuvan University was established in April 1998 to promote mutual understanding and friendship between TU and other international educational institutions across the world. As Tribhuvan University has an international reputation for research and teaching, and also has successfully developed extensive collaborative links to overseas, the centre fulﬁ lls one of the major responsibilities to promote international exchange and cooperation with foreign universities for enhancing academic excellence of TU.
The centre's main activities include exchange of ideas and skills to establish collaborative relationship with the international educational institutions across the world. It aims at establishing and developing academic relationship with different universities and educational institutes at international levels for the promotion of the educational activities research and for upgrading academic excellence and exchange of human resources. Its major functions are:
To establish collaborative exchange programs and to monitor and evaluate programs under bilateral / multilateral agreements and to provide necessary assistance;
To assist international student exchange programs and faculty members in their placement and affiliation and provide necessary academic information , research and study visa formalities;
To organize international seminars and conferences and exchange of publications; and
To help foreign researchers get affiliation with TU and provide necessary support to get research visa.
Since 2002, CIR has been evaluating and monitoring different projects carried out by Institute of Engineering, Institute of Forestry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Central Department of Botany and Central Department of Public Administration according to the tripartite agreement between SiU, (Norway) under NUFU/NOMA projects. These projects have supported Tribhuvan University to teach new subjects in Master's level programmes as Conﬂ ict Peace and Development Studies, Biodiversity and Environment, Hydro Power, Sanitation and Water Resources, Science and Technology and Innovation Management. As Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University is the Institutional Head of the Project, the Executive Director of TU CIR has been appointed as the institutional contact person to co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate these running projects / programmes every year.
International Students and Researchers
For a long time, Tribhuvan University has been a place for study and research for international students.the rich geographical social, cultural and linguistic diversities found in Nepal. The number of international students is growing steadily every year. Majority of the students come here either to join regular courses (partial or full) or for research (degree or non-degree)- as partial fulﬁllment of their own universities. They do not earn credits at Tribhuvan University but receive certificates from their home institution.
There are usually, three types of international students: (1) those who come to enroll on their own, (2) those who are sponsored and (3) those who come under exchange programmes as per bilateral agreements signed between Tribhuvan University and their native universities or institutes. International students get necessary guidance and help from the Centre for International Relations, TU. CIR has been providing accommodation facility for foreign students / scholars at moderate rate in the International Hostel within the University Campus premises, Kirtipur.
At present 81 international researchers are afﬁliated to TU. These researchers are from 20 different countries viz. Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hungary, South Korea, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, UK, Denmark, Dutch, Poland and USA. The studies are being conducted in different areas such as language, religion, culture, ethnicity, economics, geography, environment, rural development and medicine.
By April 2012 TU has signed bilateral agreements with 108 international Universities / institutions and 8 different local institutions.
Dr. Bal Mukunda Bhandari
Centre for International Relations
Central Administrative Building, Room No.72
PO Box: 8212, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-4 330 840, Fax: 977-1-4 332 500