In its pursuit to provide world-class higher education to meet the demands of the 21st century, Gandaki University organized the International Conference on “Higher Education in Nepal: Priorities and Strategies”. Conducted on April 2-3, 2021, the conference aims to collect relevant information through scientific sharing, meeting, and discussion about higher education in Nepal, with the focus on the priorities and strategic needs of Gandaki Province where the university is located.

CPSC provided support to this important event through the paper presentation of its Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. Entitled “Fostering 21st Century Skills for Global Competitiveness”, Dr. Lamichhane pointed out the big part of human resource development in a country’s development. He further shared that education, especially Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is one of the major drivers in this transformation. In addition, Dr. Lamichhane emphasized the need to develop a learner-centered learning environment and sustainable financing which will help the current technical education system to prepare the graduates to be globally competitive.

With CPSC’s standing as one of the leading organization specializing on human resources development in the Asia-Pacific region, and Gandaki University’s mission in producing more competitive and skilled human resource to serve the Gandaki Province and Nepal, the two institutions decided to formalize a partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the International Conference. This collaboration seeks to yield different innovative and significant programs and activities for the benefit of their stakeholders. The MoU was signed between Dr. Lamichhane and Prof. Dr. Ganeshman Gurung, Chancellor of Gandaki University.

Dr. Lamichhane and Prof. Dr. Gurung exchanging tokens on behalf of their organizations