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Nepal Launches Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program!

The five-year program was launched with a budget of USD 60 million.


Nepal Launches Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program!

With an aim to improve higher education in the country, the Nepali Government launched Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program (NEHEP).

The government launched the NEHEP program with a budget of USD 60 million, with the support of the World Bank.

The University Grants Commission, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the World Bank jointly launched the five-year program.


The main objectives of the NEHEP are:

  • Improving the quality and labor market relevance of Nepal’s higher education
  • Enhancing collaborative research and online learning
  • Expanding access to academic institutions for underprivileged and vulnerable students from disadvantaged areas
  • Expanding targeted scholarships to disadvantaged students to pursue labor market-driven academic programs
  • Offer equity grants to higher education institutions in disaster-affected areas

“Investing in human capital from early childhood to higher education is key to helping young people in Nepal realize their development potential,” said Education Secretary Ram Prasad Thapaliya during the inaugural ceremony.

“This program will help strengthen the higher education sector in collaboration with industries and ensure students across Nepal including those from disadvantaged groups have access to quality higher education”, he added.

Nurturing Excellence in Higher Education Program (NEHEP)

Likewise, World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, Faris Hadad-Zervos said, “By improving access of students, especially those from disadvantaged communities, to quality higher education and skills that are in demand in the labor market, this program will support Nepal’s COVID-19 recovery.”

“This is critical as the country forges efforts towards green, resilient, and inclusive development, which the World Bank is committed to support”, he mentioned.

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