Kathmandu, May 24
Nepal-German Academic Association today organised a Talk Programme on ‘Retrospect and Prospect of Nepal-Germany Relations: The Role of Alumni in Nepal’s Development’.
The objective of the programme was to discuss the role of academia and German alumni in shaping Nepal-German relations and achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schäfer and former Nepali Ambassador to Germany Madan Bhattarai, delivered their keynote addresses in the programme.
“More than 1,500 Nepali are currently studying in Germany. This is only a small part of what our relationship is about: learning and developing together. Nepal has come a long way since our relationship started in 1958, and so has Germany. Today, linking up to Germany means linking up to the whole of the European Union, and to its member states. We want more Nepalis to live this enlarged partnership, in their studies and their work. This is my dream for the success story of the coming 60 years,” said Ambassador Schäfer.
Former ambassador Bhattarai said, “There are strong possibilities of further promoting cooperation between Nepal and the Federal Republic of Germany in the changed context of political stability and in the field of socio-economic transformation. While we can continue cooperation in areas that have been agreed between the two sides, there is a real possibility of extending mutual cooperation in the field of communication and information technology, biotechnology, academic and scientific cooperation and herbal medicine between the two countries.”
A version of this article appears in print on May 25, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.