Transition to Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

According to UNESCO, over one billion students worldwide from 150 countries, or about 70 % of total enrolled learners, have been affected by school closures. Massive shifts to remote learning have been implemented to ensure the continuation of education. Colleges and universities around the world continue to face many challenges in the transition to full…

Ensuring Inclusivity in Nepali Higher Education (Dr. Bal Chandra Luitel)

With Nepal’s multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multi-ethnic society, Dr. Bal Chandra Luitel describes how this asset can be used to promote inclusivity in higher education. Afterwards, he discusses how student mobility will affect the country’s human capital in the coming years. Bal Chandra Luitel is a professor at Kathmandu University, educated in Nepal and Australia. Luitel’s expertise…

Expansion of Higher Education in India (Dr. Furqan Qamar)

Dr. Furqan Qamar details how the domestic and international demand for higher education in India has risen and how the higher education ecosystem is responding to that demand. Furqan Qamar in his present position as the secretary general of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), is the principal executive officer of the largest and one…

Higher Education Developments in Afghanistan (Dr. Mohammad Naim Azimi)

Dr. Mohammad Naim Azimi discusses the significant progress made in Afghanistan’s higher education sector. He discusses those developments and the role of higher education in nation-building. Mohammad Naim Azimi is vice chancellor for academic affairs of Kabul University and member of the Commission for Post-Graduate Studies at the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan. Dr….

Women’s Colleges in Pakistan (Dr. Razia Sultana)

Dr. Razia Sultana discusses the significance of women’s colleges in Pakistani higher education. Razia Sultana is a renowned historian and vice chancellor of the first women university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where she is a bona fide inhabitant of the province. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Peshawar with distinction and…

Massification of Higher Education (Gard Titlestad)

Gard Titlestad discusses the opportunities that opening higher education to mass markets will have on South Asia. Gard Titlestad is the director of Nordic Insight. Today, Titlestad works as consultant for his company Nordic Insight, for NordForsk and the Nordic Research Collaboration. He also works as an expert (governing board member) for the UNESCO Institute…

Lifelong Learning and Internationalization in Bhutanese Higher Education (Kesang Choden Dorji)

Kesang Choden Dorji discusses the lifelong learning initiatives being pursued by the Bhutanese higher education sector. Later in the video, she discusses efforts to internationalize Bhutanese higher education. Kesang Choden Dorji is the director general of the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE), Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan. Dorji started her career…

South Asia-US University Partnerships (Richard Boyum)

Richard Boyum discusses the university partnerships between the United States and South Asian nations. In particular, he discusses the impact of partnerships and exchange programs on people-to-people relations. Richard Boyum is the university partnerships coordinator at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy. He…

Private Education in Sri Lanka (Upul Daranagama)

Upul Daranagama talks about the challenges faced by private higher education in Sri Lanka, a country with a strong public education tradition. Upul Daranagama is the managing director and chief executive officer of Horizon College International and of Horizon College of Business and Technology (Pvt) Ltd (Horizon Campus). Having had his early experience in establishing…