Memorandum of Understanding between Nepal Open University and University of Utah, USA
On 23 April, 2018 two universities University of Utah (UU) Global Partners Program in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) and Faculty of Science, Health and Technology, Nepal Open University (FSHT, NOU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on projects that meet global health needs. The two parties share a similar goal of caring for people and populations; they elect to create synergies between the two entities to further their common goals and utilize each other’s resources for mutual benefit. Both parties envision a program of academic cooperation involving meeting global health needs through education, research and clinical care.
This MOU has opened several avenues of collaboration of the two universities for multi-sectoral collaboration such as teaching, education, training and research in the field of health science education. Utah University is high ranked university with the hundreds of years’ experience in higher education and training in different areas of study both in conventional and online learning mode of delivery of the courses at different levels. Nepal Open University, being a premier university in Nepal in its initial stage of development providing education in distance and online learning, can get much support in technical, pedagogical and content construction in distance and online mode of curriculum. This collaboration this time is primarily focused on one project of Advance Health Assistant Programme to execute under Nepal Open University with several other areas of collaboration in future. This programme is one-year programme with both theory and practical knowledge and competencies in the field of trauma and critical emergency care. The target groups are the Health Assistant working in Nepal for excelling their competence at higher level. The theoretical courses will be run though distance, online and some hours of face-to-face mode of delivery, but the clinical part of the programme will be launched in hospitals and health-centres of Nepal to which NOU will make collaboration under the supervision of the experts working in the hospitals/health centres. Faculties of University of Utah and Nepal Open University will run this course jointly and students can get opportunity of getting USA experiences participating as intern students in USA hospitals under the supervision of the faculties of UU and NOU. The certification of graduates from this programme will receive joint certificate. This MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Donald Pedersen on behalf of University of Utah and Prof. Dr. Indra Bahadur Karki on behalf of Faculty of Science, Health and Technology, NOU.
INTENT-Program (Introducing a New Triangle to Educate Nepalese Teachers). Kathmandu, Nepal 18 April 2018:
Basic education is the start of a lifelong learning. It is important to have a good start! Good education can be realised when there are well-educated and qualified teachers. They are at the heart of learning and teaching the children after all. That is why Nepal Open University (NOU), Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) (Nepal), Driestar University/Woord en Daad (The Netherlands) and NLA University College (Norway) have started a collaboration to establish teacher education program including Bachelor Degree in Education in a blend of face-to-face, distance and online mode at the Nepal Open University aiming to produce competent teachers for Basic and Secondary School Education of Nepal. The teacher education program will be a mix of practical and theoretical learning, with special attention to didactics and inclusive child-centred teaching. On April 8 2018, the official MoU was signed between the four parties.
The establishment of the joint venture is the first step of the INTENT-programme (Introducing a New Triangle to Educate Nepalese Teachers). INTENT forms a triangle of University, Education Consultancy Centres and Model schools (figure 1).
In this triangle, the students of Teacher education programme will follow practical training in selected model schools, which are trained and supported by education consultancy centres.