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The 8-Country Himalayan University Consortium (HUC)

UNM's Membership to HUC

Through a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by UNM Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Suzanne Ortega and Deputy Director General Dr. Madhav Karki of ICIMOD, the University of New Mexico became an associate member of the Himalayan University Consortium in 2009.

UNM-KU partnership

In addition, UNM Provost also signed an MOU with Kathmandu University, which is also a regional member of the consortium.

These international partnerships (with KU, ICIMOD and HUC) have come to fruition after a series of visits by various officials from KU, UNM, and ICIMOD. MORE

Research Opportunities with HUC member universities including Kathmandu University

Thanks to NSC, these MOUs between UNM and KU, ICIMOD, and HUC have opened up various collaborative opportunities for UNM faculty and students in a wide range of topics: bio-diversity, climate change, water resources, long-term ecological monitoring, high altitude research, telehealth, sustainable living, eco-conflict. In addition, there is an opportunity to get involved in the capacity building mission of the HUC.

HUC-UNM-L Listserve

In order to facilitate discussions among the UNM scholars and students, NSC has created a listserve --HUC-UNM-L. Please feel free to sign up or send an inquiry to This listserve will be primarily used for announcing the HUC and Kathmandu University related news and research opportunities.

To join or to leave the HUC-UNM-L, click here

HUC's Vision

The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) is a membership network for education and research for sustainable mountain development of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region, which covers many large, vulnerable, and fragile ecosystems in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The Consortium was founded by the participants of a consultation workshop on ‘Mountain-focused University Consortium Development with Universities in the Greater Himalayan Region’ held from 24-25 March 2007 at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), ICIMOD, and Kathmandu University related collaborative opportunities

Research, data sharing Initiatives

Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries will use a global platform to share biodiversity data
(15 Jun 2010) Some twenty-five representatives from the eight countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region are meeting in Kathmandu from 14 to 18 June to discuss ‘Open access to and publishing of mountain biodiversity data from the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region’. The representatives, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan have been brought together in a workshop jointly organised by ICIMOD in collaboration with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA). More

Mutual visits

ICIMOD Deputy Director General of ICIMOD, Dr. Madhav Karki visits UNM
(May 20-22, 2010) Deputy Director General Dr. Madhav Karki of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) visited UNM reciprocating the UNM team's visit to ICIMOD in November of 2010. Dr. Karki met with the graduates students, economics faculty, and the university officials. More

Dr. Dale Alverson, Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, visit KU
(March 11-12, 2010) Dr. Dale Alverson, Professor of Pediatrics and Regents Professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, visited Kathmandu University to discuss collaborative ideas on developing telehealth system at KU. More

Executive VP and Provost of UNM, Dr. Suzanne Ortega leads an UNM team to Kathmandu and signs an MOU with ICIMOD/HUC
(November 2010) The UNM team signed an MOU with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and its 8-country Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) to widen its academic linkages with other university systems in the region. UNM also signed an MOU with Kathmandu University, which is also a member of the HUC system. More

Kathmandu University Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh R. Sharma visits UNM
(April 2008) Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University (KU) Professor Suresh R. Sharma and the Dean of School of Management Professor Subas KC came to the University of New Mexico on a goodwill visit to explore collaborative possibilities between the two academic institutions (April 17- 21, 2008).



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