Dr. Ajay Vinze is the Associate-Dean for International Programs & Associate vice Provost Graduate Education -Department of Information Systems (W. P. Carey School of Business) at ASU and recently during his Meeting rounds throughout Asia, he took opportunity through UCP SARnet invitation to pay a visit for the first time in Nepal. The following gives you a glimpse of his Visit.
As part of my responsibility here in Nepal with UCP SARnet, I helped organize together with the Country Representative (Jason Shah), couple of meetings with Dr. Vinze and some academic Institutions, organizations and individuals to discuss potentials of collaboration with ASU, this either through direct institutional collaboration or through the UCP SARnet Platform.
Among others, we met first with the Executive Director of the Center for International Relations (CIR) at "Tribhuvan University" Mr. Bal Mukunda Bhandari and the Dean of the Faculty of Management. The University is known as the "Mother University" of Nepal because of several other academic institutions affiliated to them. The meeting was full of exchange on the capabilities of both institutions and the potential selected areas to start any form of collaboration. The final agreement was to start conversations on the subject, and progressively see how the UCP SARnet can help facilitate and/or coordinate some activities and projects that will enable the two institutions to come closely to a sort of MoU.
The second meeting was held with the Vice-Chancellor of the" Lumbini Buddhist University" Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, which was very fruitful and full of expectations as well. Prof. Ratna expressed his gratitude to UCP SARnet for all the efforts made to bring together institutions to collaboratively share expertise. He also expressed relevant focus areas of possible collaboration with specific faculties of ASU and for any future Student exchange programs in Buddhism Studies, Peace & conflict Resolution, Buddhism economics and the International Buddhist Library under construction. He kindly requested support from ASU for the collection of different books related to Buddhism Studies present in the States to help build the Library for international Standards.
The third Visit was made with the Founder/Chairman of the" National Integrated College" (NIC), Prof. Parthibeshwar P. Timilsina, a very knowledgeable old man with a great vision of developing young students potential. Dr. Vinze visit at the college was more of educating himself on how these students may respond to Programs offered at ASU.
The last meeting and not the least was held with the Founding Director of Social Entrepreneurs of Nepal "ChangeFusion Nepal" Mme. Luna Shrestha Thakur, a very powerful lady who had the idea to engage the youth of Nepal towards positive social change. They aspire to steer the creative and constructive energy of Nepalese youth towards ventures that support their societies by providing assistance in four key areas: Knowledge, Network, Mentorship and Financing. We had a very great moment discussing with her and feeling the entire passion in her endeavors to change the trend of social entrepreneurship in the country. The ChangeFusion Nepal is actually working on an experimental Program with students from high Schools who are demonstrating high interest. My next article will give you a general glimpse of the subject.
The overall visit of Dr. Vinze was quite fruitful and he had great moments & surprise visiting the multiple Temples lying throughout the city of Kathmandu and the good taste of the local and neighboring meals. I can remember him saying as very experienced person developing collaboration with other institutions all over the world, that "Collaboration is a matter of relevancy and Priority": Food for thought, what do you think?
Below are some photographs!!