Annual General Meeting Of Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), Lanzhou, China

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About the Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) which is a regional programme of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with its Secretariat at Kathmandu, Nepal will take place from 24-26 August 2014 at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

HUC aims to provide a common platform for regional educational institutions to come together for the sharing and exchange of knowledge.

Issues to be discussed during the General Meeting include:

  • Joint Session: Scientific presentations on sustainable mountain development.
  • Endorsement of the HUC Charter
  • Election and formation of HUC Steering Committee
  • Unceremonious signing of MOU/LOA between Universities
Following on the deliberations of two previous year’s Conference gatherings of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), namely Strategic Workshop at ICIMOD and Strategic Workshop at Abbottabad, Pakistan, representatives from HUC member Universities will gather to finalize the much needed structure for future activities of HUC.

The event will bring together Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Directors, Deans and Head of Departments of various Universities from across the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and beyond.
 
HUC is a network of Universities, ICIMOD and its partners dedicated to generate high-quality knowledge, capacity and skills for sustainable mountain development, which are applied in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Lanzhou city lies in the Gansu province of northwest China and was a key point of the ancient Silk Road and has played a vital role in economic and trade exchanges and cultural dialogues across several Asian countries.

The event is unique because it coincides with the Cultural Round Table Conference on the Silk Road Economic Belt which is to be held from 23- 29 August 2014 at Lanzhou University. Once again, the aim is to provide a platform to share views on the status quo of cooperation among the participating representatives from various countries in Asia, Eurasia and beyond.

HUC is honoured to have been provided the opportunity by Lanzhou University to co-organize its Annual General Meeting alongside this exciting rountable conference.

Objective

At present, several Universities and academic institutions in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region have existed for a century or more, with many advantages and achievements regarding multi- discipline research centers; experienced scholars and professionals; experience in research and capacity building; and much work is done with regards to sustainable mountain development. There are few Universities and academic institutions which have been established over the period of past decade(s). Yet, interactions and collaborations between them are limited, at times, even within the individual countries. 

HUC recognizes the scope for increased collaborative activities between the academia and the need to strengthen partnership with others spheres of influence in the region, to increase and share knowledge and to provide benefit to local mountain economies and livelihood improvement in the context of sustainable mountain development.

To address these critical issues, the Annual Meeting of HUC and Cultural Round Table Conference on the Silk Road Economic Belt is a platform for knowledge dissemination by a diverse group of researchers, experts and participants.

At this August gathering, the organizers aim to bring together experts from government, academia and partner institutions to discuss on issues of collaboration, research and knowledge exchange. 

Rationale

The rationale of HUC Meeting and Cultural Round Table Conference on the Silk Road Economic Belt is to stimulate regional discussions on cooperation and cultural exchanges to enhance networking. Both events would host deliberations on a wide range of disciplines of Science and Economics that would generate composite solutions for existing problems in the mountain communities, regionally and globally.

Theme

  • Scientific academic networking for Sustainable Mountain Development