Published On: Sat, Apr 19th, 2014

KU And UNICEF Collaborate For Innovation

Kathmandu University (KU) and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday in Dhulikhel, which seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among Nepali youths.  According to the MoU, the two institutions will collaborate to pioneer an establishment, ‘Innovation Incubator’, within the premises of KU School of Management in Lalitpur where the best ideas for social changes will be nurtured and then broadcast nationwide through the National Competition on Innovation Solution (NCIS) reality TV show. From there, business leaders and investors interested in the ideas displayed on the show will partner with the innovators to put them into effect.   The MoU also seeks to provide academic programs on child-sensitive policies and research opportunities on the impact of poverty and inequality in children’s and women’s rights.

  UNICEF Representative Hanaa Singer (left) and Prof Dr Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, with the signed Memorandum of Understanding.(Photo credit: Sharmina Manandhar)  “This partnership is both timely and important as it comes at a critical time when Nepal aspires to build a socially inclusive and economically productive society,” Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative, said in a statement issued by UNICEF.  Singer also emphasized on the importance of monitoring and developing ways of dealing with the new global generation of Nepal and how their tremendous potential can be unlocked to ignite social changes.  The Vice Chancellor of KU, Prof Dr Ram Shrestha, echoed her sentiments by saying, “Today’s youth are not only the youth of a small community, small society or a country. They are the youth of a global village.”

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