23–24 January 2012: Himalayan universities to join hands for knowledge generation, Kathmandu


Universities and research institutions working in the mountain and hill regions of Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan agreed to work together as a network for mountain-focused teaching, research, and outreach in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region at a conference attended by more than two dozen vice-chancellors, deans, professors, and researchers held at ICIMOD’s headquarters on 23 and 24 January. The conference was convened by the ICIMOD-based Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), with financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

In his opening address, Dr David Molden, Director General, spoke of ICIMOD’s readiness, as a regional knowledge and learning organisation, to work with the universities to generate new knowledge and technical solutions to address the challenges of climate change, poverty, and environmental degradation in the region. The participating universities developed an agenda for working together on research and knowledge generation to support, among others, sustainable livelihoods for the poor and marginalised people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries. The consortium’s new programme will address skills development in social innovation, enterprise development, assessment of the role of the informal sector, and developing value chains for high value products and services that are based on the rich ecosystem services that are widely available in the hills and mountains of the Himalayan countries.