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Global connectivity and knowledge sharing
With a focus on the countries in the Himalayan region and South Asia

Through global connectivity, the Nepal Study Center (NSC) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is dedicated to fostering intellectual collaboration and sharing knowledge with a dedicated focus and wider perspective on the socio-economic development and sustainability, health, technology transfer, and environmental issues of the Himalayan region and the countries in South Asia.

NSC at a glance: NSC conducts research and trains scholars; holds annual conferences; publishes e-journals; maintains working papers archive; builds regional strategic academic partnerships through MOUs; and helps promote knowledge sharing through workshops and seminars at UNM and at its regional office at Kathmandu University. Click for Nepal Study Center Brochure.

Mission statements

RESEARCH at NSC : to carry out high quality research (environment, resources, food security, poverty mapping, health, climate change, sustainable development, governance etc.) and train scholars from the region. MORE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE: to build platforms (annual conferences, e-seminar, e-journals, and lecture series) to bring together scholars for knowledge sharing. MORE

INTERNATIONAL PARTERNSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS : to build educational and research related institutional linkages between North America and the Himalayan region (MOUs, research programs, Study Abroad). MORE

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: to promote and transfer innovative ideas (fighting poverty through technology, e-micro finance, e-learning, telehealth, and community engagement). MORE

DIASPORA KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY: to understand and harness the diaspora knowledge society through digital connectivity, research, and various analysis. MORE

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY: to establish a research oriented graduate program in economics and public policy in the region to promote empirically driven quality policy analysis, and to create a hub for international scholars for knowledge sharing with the local scholars and policy makers. MORE

NSC has built various physical and virtual resources to carry out these tasks. NSC has a research room at UNM, and is registered under the university as a not-for-profit center.

NSC-UNM's regional office in Kathmandu
UNM's Provost and KU's Vice Chancellor have jointly inagurated a NSC's regional branch office facility at Kathmandu University (Kathmandu University School of Management complex). A coordinator at NSC-UNM's branch office at KU in Kathmandu will coordinate various research and knowledge sharing efforts in the region.

Strategic regional partners in South Asia
ICIMOD, the 8-Country Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), and Kathmandu University (KU): In November 2009, University of New Mexico Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Suzanne Ortega signed two MOUs: one with Kathmandu University (KU) and other with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu. Now, UNM is an associate member of the 8-Country Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), an initiative of the ICIMOD to promote capacity building and research collaborations. To find out more about the HUC activities and the news announcements, click here:MORE

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South Asia Resources:
>South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
>South Asian News
>The World Bank Group: South Asia
>One World South Asia
>International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Making a Difference:
> Telehealth, Environment, and Telemicrofinanc: An Experiment in Integrative Development in the Networked Cluster of High Altitude Himalayan Villages
> Himalayan Volunteer and Knowledge Sharing Initiative

NSC's Initiatives
Research e-Journals Workshops, Conferences, & e-Seminarss
Focused on building research capacity, recruiting and mentoring graduate students, conducting public policy research, promoting collaborative research, conducting and coordinating visitorship programs.

¬Research projects

¬Graduate Studies

Journal outlets to disseminate discourse on development, democracy, and social change.

¬Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD)

¬Liberal Democracy Nepal Bulletin (LDNB)

¬Call for Papers for e-Journals: HJDD and LDNB

¬NSC Newsletter

Dissemination of scholarly ideas on development, democracy and public policies through its seminars, conferences, and workshops.

¬Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference

¬Workshops and e-Seminars

¬NSC Lecture Series at UNM

¬Himalayan Political Economy Discussion Forum

Research & Educational Collaboration Himalayan Policy Reserach Repository Community
Academic scholarship and exploring possibilities of research and educational outreach program opportunities with Nepali and other international academic institutions.

The NSC's research repository initiative is designed to showcase academic research work on the Himalayan region, Nepal and the countries in South Asia.

¬Himalayan Research Papers Archive


NSC is dedicated to promote community linkages and efforts that are beneficial to the people of Nepal and the Himalayan regions.


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