New links with Nepalese college and university

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University Professor Dr Ram Kantha Makaju ShresthaNew partnership agreements were signed with Kathmandu University and Merryland College Biratnagar (MCB) during a recent visit to Nepal by a delegation of Wolverhampton representatives.

The aim is to expand academic and cultural co-operation between the institutions.

During the visit, Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University Professor Dr Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha.

The universities agreed to work together on joint research activities and student and staff exchanges as well as sharing academic materials and creating staff development projects.

Professor Layer also signed a separate agreement with Sulav Budhathoki, Executive Director of Merryland College Biratnagar, which will look at curriculum development and the possibility of delivering University courses, for example a BA (Hons) International Business Management, in Nepal.

Wolverhampton will also work with the College to establish and maintain joint staff activities including research and exchanges, as well as exploring opportunities to offer Continuing Professional Development services to external clients.

Professor Layer said: “We are delighted to have signed these new agreements with Kathmandu University and Merryland College Biratnagar in Nepal as part of our international expansion plans.

“The University of Wolverhampton is committed to offering educational opportunities to students in the UK and overseas that will transform people’s lives, giving them new skills and knowledge and broadening their horizons.

“The visit to Nepal was a huge success and we’re really proud of the new connections we made during our time there.”

The agreements were signed during the University of Wolverhampton’s visit to India, Nepal and Bangladesh which took place between 6 April and 13 April 2013.

The delegation was led by the University’s Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone PC and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer.

The visit aimed to raise the profile of the University, Wolverhampton and the wider Black Country region and involved meeting with education providers, representatives of Government, business and investment bodies and alumni of the University.

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For more information, please contact Vickie Warren in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736.

Date Issued: Tuesday, 23 April 2013

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