HUC Students Exchange Programme to continue in 2017

In 2016, Sichuan University (SCU) hosted two terms of the TU-SCU Student Exchange Programme wherein Nepali students enrolled at Tribhuvan University (TU) spent two semesters studying at SCU. Based on the success of the experience, two more similar programmes have been planned for 2017. Each programme will last for four months, and each term will have 40 international students participating.

Unlike the 2016 programme, students from more than one university will participate in each semester of the exchange programme this time around, and Chinese curricula will be included in the course of study. Ten students each from TU, Nepal, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India, and Kabul University (KU), Afghanistan, will be attending classes at SCU. Ten other students from universities along the traditional Silk Road economic belt and modern Maritime Silk Road will also be participating. 

The 2017 exchanges are to be facilitated by three inter-school cooperation framework agreements signed between SCU and the three principal participating universities. The agreements between TU and SCU, JNU and SCU, and KU and SCU were signed on 15 December 2015, 26 October 2016, and 5 December 2016, respectively. Three of these four universities  are members of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) supported by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

The first exchange term of 2016 commenced in April. The programme lasted three months, and 20 students enrolled at TU, majoring in International Relations, spent the semester at SCU. The second term, still ongoing, began in October 2016 and will last for four months. Thirty students from TU majoring in International Relations, Crisis Management, and Gender Research are currently in Sichuan studying under the programme.

SCU has been providing three English-language curricula for exchange students. Specialized courses, thematic lectures and practice courses are part of the programme. Specialized courses include a special study of the Belt and Road Initiative, International Relations Theory and Methodology, the Intellectual History of Diplomacy, International Political Economy, International Relations and Regional Security, International Security Studies, Introduction to Chinese Culture, China and the Contemporary World. Thematic lectures cover Chinese Tea Culture, Chinese Apparel Culture, the Economic Reformation and Development of China, Post-disaster Reconstruction in China, the Internationalization of the Tibet Issue, and Relations Between China, India and South Asia Patterns, among others. Integrated curricula contain information on rescue and self-rescue skills in disaster situations, and include visits to earthquake relic sites.