Int’l Summer Course on Engineering for Developing Communities concludes
A month long International Summer Course conducted in Nepal by Kathmandu University in collaboration with Technion - Israel Institute of Technology concluded on Thursday.
Under graduate engineering students coming from Israel, United States of America, Australia, France, China, Nepal, among other countries participated in the summer course entitled 'Engineering for Developing Communities' under UNESCO UNITWIN Program.
The focus of this program is on the theory and field knowledge with the core idea on Bio-Gas, Improved Cooking Stoves, Solar PV, Improved Water Mills, Rain Water Harvesting and Hydraulic Pump.
The opening ceremony was held on 22 July 2013 at the premises of Kathmandu University amidst the presence of UNESCO country representative, KU Vice Chancellor, delegates from Technion-Israel, Delegates from University of Colorado – Boulder, teachers and students from the University along with the participating international students.
Speaking at the opening, Mr. Hanan Goder, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal had said, “I am proud to be associated with education, engineering and community work. This is the first time that such cooperation between Nepal and Israel takes place.”
Prof. Mark Talesnick, founder and head of EWB-Technion, Israel, said, “he program provides an opportunity for all the students to interact and have a real international engineering experience.Not just engineering students but also students from different faculties take part and impart their different viewpoints.”
Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Kathmandu University Department coordinator for the program in Nepal, said, “It is a great opportunity for students and faculty at Kathmandu University to interact with faculty and students from abroad and work together to achieve common goal. Such programs will be continued with several other partners around the globe to further enhance such program in future”
During the stay here in Nepal, the students worked at the outreach centers of Kathmandu University in Dhulikhel. The closing ceremony was held at the Israeli Ambassador's residence on 15 August, 2013 amidst the presence of Israeli Ambassador, different dignitaries, program staff including faculty from Technion, University of Colorado – Boulder and Kathmandu University, participating national and international students along with Shalom Club Members. Nepalnews.com