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:
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.
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.