Projects: Higher Education
Education has been a key component of our work since we formed in 2008. Detailed below are some of our projects, past and present.
1. climate change Adaptation in the himalayan foothills
In June and July 2018, two postgraduate students from the University of Southampton will partner up with postgraduate students from Tribhuvan University on a four week research and study tour. They will work together to study and research Climate Change Adaptation and Earthquake recovery in the badly effected district of Kavre, central Nepal. All four students will be supervised by tutors from their respective universities and will gain invaluable experience in International Development work.
2. student placements
Since 2017, The Glacier Trust has been funding placements for Nepali students in Deurali. In 2018, nine students worked across three villages alongside our partner NGO, HICODEF. The students live and work in the community for six months and create a constant presence for HICODEF in the community where they help farmers to grow Climate Change resilient crops, prepare produce for market and record the economic impact of the project work. Successful completion of a placement is a requirement of their academic course and helps them to qualify as a Junior Technical Assistant (JTA) in sustainable agriculture. Many JTAs will go on to find work in Climate Change adaptation.
3. The Himalayan Periglacial Summer School
In 2014 The Glacier Trust developed and ran the inaugural Himalayan Periglacial (HiPer) summer school held at the Tribhuvan University (TU) Kathmandu campus. This course was attended by ten Nepali postgraduate students and was delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practicals, and taught by a combination of British post-graduate level students, lecturers from TU and researchers from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
4. The HiPer Field Trip
The top three students from the previous summer school were supported by TGT through the HiPer field trip to enable them to conduct research in the Periglacial environment. This benefits the students as they usually would not have been able to conduct such research otherwise. It also benefits the volunteer(s) we send out to teach on the summer school but also through gaining valuable field experience in the high Himalayas. And finally, TGT benefits by raising the awareness of the topic and by gaining primary research data from which future studies may be conducted and important findings made.
Get in touch
The Trust is always pleased to hear from any researchers in Permafrost and Periglacial processeses or Climate Change adaptation, especially those interested in developing teaching and learning opportunities for Nepali and UK postgraduate students.