Kathmandu University: a glimpse
Kathmandu University, a not-for-profit, non-government institution, is committed to develop leaders in professional areas through quality education. Established in 1991, it is the most prestigious university in Nepal. The university offers a number of programs at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels through its seven different schools: science, engineering, management, medical, education, arts, and law. More than 10000 students are studying in the university that includes students in affiliated colleges. The university adopts credit hour based semester system with continuous internal evaluations. The entrance to the university programs is on merit basis.
School of Education: a pillar of Kathmandu University
KUSOED (KUSOED) was established in 1997 with the aim of contributing to enhance the quality of education in the country.Its first academic programs were initiated in 1998 with MPhil and PhD in Educational Leadership. In the coming years the school expanded its academic activities by adding new programs, thereby escalating its scope.
KUSOED vision is transforming education and society. For this, it envisions transforming the educational landscape through high quality holistic teacher education programs and playing an instrumental role in developing teachers, teacher educators, educational leaders, development professionals and researchers who can contribute to social transformation. It is, therefore, the mission of the school to prepare competent and multidisciplinary education and development professionals and leaders who are contextually engaged, innovative, and progressive in their outlook. KUSOED graduates are expected to maintain respect, integrity, courage, and humanity by promoting local wisdom, creativity, collaboration, innovation, work culture, sustainability, and quality
Technical and Vocational Education and Training: a promising sector
Technical and vocational education has been recognized as a powerful tool for national development as well as for individual enhancement. Through the skills students would acquire by participating in the program, they become capable to engage themselves in the world of work, earn a decent living, and lead a quality life. However, this has not been so straight forward in many countries, particularly in developing countries like Nepal where the sector is yet to be able to contribute as expected. It is also true that despite weaknesses the sector has been growing fast in many countries, including Nepal. In order to further strengthen the sector, a felt need is to develop its human resource capability so that it could contribute with its full potential. Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MTVET) in KUSOED is an effort towards this direction.
Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MTVET): emergence of an idea
Considering massive expansion of TVET activities in Nepal and also the growing demand of qualified TVET workforce in international market, KUSOED planned this program through a long preparation. Its preparation began by carrying out a feasibility study by interacting with wide group of national and international stakeholders – prospective students, TVET experts, government representatives, non-government actors, industry sector, TVET institutions, media which established that such program is the need of the time. Encouraged by such results, KUSOED began discussion on the design of the program with wider group of national and international experts and developed the program. Accordingly, it is now all set to offer this program, beginning August 2018.
- Address the human resource development needs of TVET
- Prepare TVET system leaders, educators, planners
- Attract young ones in TVET by linking it with socio-economic processes thereby providing promising career prospects nationally and internationally
- Develop TVET focused research capacity
- Promote excellence, opportunity, and leadership in TVET
KUSOED is fortunate to have wider group of partners in designing and implementing this program. Ministry of Education, Nepal, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, Nepal are its two main partners. Likewise, KUSOED is in collaboration with several other national and international individuals and institutions including industry sector, TVET institutions, I/NGOs in realizing this program.
The program is also getting financial and technical support from the Swiss National Science Foundation through its grant project R4D (Research for Development). Under this grant a research is being conducted that will explore how the institutional structure of TVET moderates the effect of TVET on the youth labor market situation. It is expected that this research will stimulate the MTVET with new insights. As part of the same project Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Zurich (ETH) has been supporting the MTVET. Likewise, as partners of this same project, University of Abomey-Calav (Benin), Universidad de Chile, and University of Costa Rica, are also key partners of this program.
The MTVET curriculum: a reflection of the TVET world
A subject committee comprised of academicians and TVET experts drafted the curriculum of MTVET which aims for providing knowledge and skills to students as per the demand of the present time. The designed curriculum has adequate openness providing enough opportunity and flexibility to students to show their imagination, innovation, and creativity. Adequate practical exposure and emphasis on entrepreneurship will also be its key characteristics.
The students takecore courses which includetheories and practices of education, research, statistics, and research projects. There are specialization courses related to curriculum, labor market, human resources, work education, sociology of work and occupation, evaluation of technical and vocational education and training, entrepreneurship and enterprises development, and work-based learning which is a blending of experience in the real world of work and institutional learning.
Program has two concentration areas: TVET Pedagogy, and TVET System Management and Leadership. Students can choose either of these as per their interest. Students in pedagogy group focus on psychology of learning, assessment and measurement, instructional aspects, and mentoring and professional development. Students in system management and leadership group focus on management and leadership, economics and financing, governance and policy analysis, project management.
MTVET: the design
Program duration –
- Two years or four semesters
Total credit hours – 60 (1 credit hour is one hour per session per week for 16 weeks)
- Core courses – 15 credit hours
- Specialization courses – 30 credit hours
- Concentration courses – 15 credit hours (choose either pedagogy stream or system leadership and management stream)
Assessment system –
- In-semester and end-semester
- Class based test, presentation, paper writing, project report, work/field report
- Lecture, reading, group/field work, seminar, panel, guest
- Sharing, self-research,
- Interactive media based
- Inter-personal relations
Class sessions –
- Most courses are of three credit hours
- Four to six courses per semester
- Generally, one three-hour class session per day, six days a week
- There could be library sessions, field sessions, work sessions
- There could also be intensive class sessions (e.g. four hours class sessions for six days for two weeks completing one three credit course)
- Bachelor degree in any discipline with a CGPA of 2.5 or 50% aggregate score
- Excellent English
- Work experience in TVET is preferred
Medium of Instruction
- Generally in June each year (session begins in August)
- Written test and interview
- Those who are outside Kathmandu can appear in entrance process through online
- Write-up (published or unpublished work)
MTVET: graduate attributes
- Be able to explore and interpret the interplay among social institutions and rules and resources, work and occupation, and TVET
- Be proficient to carry out economic analysis of work and occupations, and TVET
- Be competent in performing TVET activities such as preparation of competency based curriculum, designing instructional events, delivering theoretical and practical sessions, evaluation of students.
- Be conversantwith different theories, concepts, and ideas that have been developed and see TVET processes in terms of those theories and ideas
- Be skillful in designing, carrying out, and evaluating research on TVET
- Be educators, innovators, leaders, and managers of TVET
MTVET: career prospects
As the TVET sector is a very promising sector and as the program provides them exposure to several subject areas in an inter-disciplinary manner, graduates of MTVET would have several options as their career prospect. They can explore their career prospects both in national and international market as the course prepares them for a competitive world of work both in national and international context. Graduates can chose to be an educator either focusing on teaching or focusing on management and leadership of TVET institute. They could also work as planner, analyst, monitoring and evaluation experts, or researcher. These options are available both in public and private sector. Industry sector could also provide promising career option to MTVET graduates. One other option that the MTVET graduate could go is establishing self-enterprise and become entrepreneur. As the program provides lots of exposure to students on aspects of entrepreneurship, they could be innovative, creative, and be entrepreneur.
Commencement of the course: the day is fast approaching
The first batch of the program begins from August 2018, only a few months from now.
Kathmandu University School of Education
Telephone: +977 1 5250524, 5250556