Transforming Rural Nepal through Community Based Model of Higher Education.
Although levels of access and participation in education are increasing, many young people still lack basic skills, functional literacy and numeracy, and disciplinary knowledge that are deemed necessary to function effectively in a modern society. To address educational and societal issues, the Faculty of Education aims to join the national efforts to improve the overall educational enterprise, enhance access to education and increase the effectiveness of national delivering mechanisms and practices of the higher education system. The Faculty is a newly established and vibrant academic community of Mid-Western University and is located in the University premises in Birendranagar Municipality, in Surkhet District. The Faculty is committed to offer quality education that is skill based and job oriented, as well as ensure access to quality academic programs to prospective students from all parts of Nepal and elsewhere. The Faculty offers study programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in various disciplines, ranging from education to health issues, educational planning and management, English and Nepali. All programs are designed in a way that embraces theoretical, pedagogical and methodological dimensions of a particular field of study. This broad range of domains provides also a unique opportunity for disciplinary and thematic combinations of teaching, research and innovation in education. The Faculty addresses both theoretical and applied issues of contemporary Nepali Education, and maintains a constant focus on linking the academic theory with classroom experience, and teaching with research. The Faculty pays particular attention to the academic quality of teaching and the usage of innovative approaches, modern research methods and ICTs tools for pedagogical practice. By pursuing high standards of teaching, it aims at shaping how people teach, learn, and lead in schools and educational institutions country-wide. The Faculty is also engaged in scientific research that deals with many educational problems spanning a wide range of disciplines. Engaging research in fact goes beyond the borders of the various disciplines and contributes to create a stimulating intellectual environment for students and an inspiring research environment for talented researchers. The Faculty considers and regards at ‘students’ as the center of the University life and ultimate addressees of all academic activities. Thus, faculty teachers and members pay great attention in tailoring educational and learning interventions to meet the needs of individual students and equipping them with the personal and professional skills required for a successful educational career and help them to become who they want to be!