2–16 January 2012: E-discussion on strengthening the research capacity of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan universities

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The ICIMOD-based Secretariat of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) held an e-discussion on strengthening the research capacity of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan universities from 2–16 January, which attracted good participation. HUC is a membership-based network for promoting education, research, and capacity building, including training, for sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The discussion was a response to the realisation of the lack of sufficient research capacity in the region for collecting the scientific data needed by policymakers for proposing substantial and sustainable policies to respond to the challenges of climate and socioeconomic change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The purpose of the virtual conference was to gain an understanding of the issues hampering networking and building of research capacity in the run-up to a regional workshop in late January with around 25 participants, including two vice-chancellors, directors, professors, and researchers from the region and beyond. The e-discussion focused on how the HKH universities could adopt a more socially and economically relevant and inclusive agenda for knowledge development and dissemination, and the kinds of institutional changes required to target knowledge development in support of poor and marginalised communities.