AIT plans training centre in Nepal

Kathmandu, May 28:

AIT Extension, a continuing education and training arm of Asia’s leading postgraduate institute

- Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), is looking for opening its exclusive centre in Kathmandu.

An AIT Extension team recently visited Kathmandu and discussed with senior government officials including Dr Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, vice-chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) and AIT alumni at various government and non-government offices as well as donor agencies.

Wrapping up his four-day long visit to Nepal, Dr Jonathan Shaw, director at AIT Extension, disclosed that AIT alumni in Nepal have requested to set up exclusive training centre and discussions are underway. “If everything goes smoothly, AIT Centre will be established in Nepal within next two years,” he said.

Dr Shaw expressed that he is quite positive at the request of Nepali alumni for opening an AIT Centre, in Kathmandu that would be mutually beneficial for Nepal and AIT. According to him, a business model for the centre is yet to be developed, while revenue stream will be a key factor to open such a training unit.

He, however, said course fees for Nepali participants would be significantly discounted and they can also save travel and accommodation expenses, if trainings are provided in Nepal.

According to him, AIT has delivered training and continuing education courses to some 24,000 professionals from more than 77 countries around the world. AIT Extension has trained officials from NRB, NT, NEA, NPC, different ministries, national and international development agencies and TU.

Sharing his experiences while training Nepali professionals, Dr Shaw commented, “Nepalis are more open to new ideas and sharpening their skills to increase productivity as well as enhance efficiency. That’s why demand for short training courses is very high among Nepali professionals and civil servants.”

Capacity building, transparency in service delivery and improving governance are big issues as well as challenges among the professionals in developing countries, he said, adding that exposure to training and continuing education could help to come across such challenges.

AIT Extension is the continuing education and training arm of AIT. Its short training courses cover the scope of the institute’s expertise in technological, social organisational and personal development and form the backbone our work, Dr Shaw added. “Each course we offer is carefully designed with a problem-solving, outcome-based and focus aimed at imparting new skills, lessons from experience and techniques applicable in the workplace.”

“All these courses are designed to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who play a leading role in the sustainable development,” he said.