Centre for International Relations (CIR), was established within the structure of Tribhuvan University in April 1998 to promote mutual understanding and friendship between TU and other educational institutions across the world. As TU has been fully engaged in research and teaching and also has successfully developed extensive collaborative links with reputed international institutions, one of the major responsibilities that the Centre fulfils is to promote international exchange and cooperation with international universities for enhancing academic excellence.
The Centre’s main activities include exchange of ideas and skills to establish collaborative relationship with the international educational institutions. It aims at establishing and developing academic relations with different universities and educational institutions at international levels for the promotion of educational activities and for upgrading academic excellence and exchange of human resources. Its major functions are:
- to establish collaborative exchange programmes and to monitor and evaluate programmes under bilateral/multilateral agreements and provide necessary assistance;
- to assist international student exchange programmes and faculty members in their affiliation and provide supervisor and 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.
Tribhuvan University through its Institutes, Faculties, Research Centres, Departments and Campuses has been carrying out different projects in collaboration with international universities and higher education institutions. The collaborations include academic programmes, students/staff mobility, conferences/seminars, joint publications and research projects. The Centre has been coordinating and facilitating the collaborations.
International Students and Researchers
From its inception Tribhuvan University has been a place for study and research for international students. They are attracted by the rich geographical, social, cultural and linguistic diversities of 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 TU but receive certification from their home institutions. Recently TU has approved credit transfer policy which would help the students to earn credits as well.
There are usually, three types of international students: (1) those who come to enroll personally, (2) those who are sponsored by educational institutes and (3) those who come under exchange programme as per bilateral agreements signed between TU and their native universities or institutes. International students get necessary guidance and help from the Centre.
There are 152 international researchers affiliated to TU registered from Janaury 2018 till now. They are doing research in different areas such as language, religion, culture, ethnicity, economics, geography, environment, rural development and medicine.
TU has bilateral agreements with 160 international universities/institutions so far and there are some other Universities willing to establish new relations and renew the old ones.
CERID = Research Center for Education Innovation and Development
CEDA = Center for Economic Development and Administration
CNAS = Center for Nepal and Asian Studies
CNS = Cornell Nepal Study
CSA = College Semester Abroad
KSA = Kathmandu Semester Abroad
PCN = Pitzer College in Nepal
SPW = Student Partnership Worldwide
IoST = Institute of Science and Technology
IAAS = Institute of Agricultural and Animal
IoF = Institute of Forestry
FoHS = Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
FoM = Faculty of Management
IoM = Institute of Medicine
IoEngg = Institute of Engineering
Associate Prof. Binod Joshi
Centre for International Relations,
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal