Deepak Dhungana, Hanspeter Mössenböck, Paul Grünbacher,
"Creating Attractive Job Environments in Nepal through Industry-University Collaborations and University Partnerships"
: 7th ICT Conference on Building e-Nepal for Socio-Economic Development (www.itconference.org.np), 2007, Kathmandu, Nepal (accepted for publication), 2007
Creating Attractive Job Environments in Nepal through Industry-University Collaborations and University Partnerships
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7th ICT Conference on Building e-Nepal for Socio-Economic Development (www.itconference.org.np), 2007, Kathmandu, Nepal (accepted for publication)
Providing an environment that fosters the creation of attractive jobs is a challenge shared by all countries educating young people. Even European countries report a continuous movement of young researchers to the US and other countries. However, it is particularly challenging for developing nations who frequently face severe brain drain problems caused by more attractive jobs abroad. In this paper we present an example of an industry-university collaboration in Austria and discuss whether a similar approach could succeed in Nepal. We also discuss partnerships between universities in Nepal and Austria as a means to cater national and international collaborations for facilitating research and educational developments in Nepal. In our research laboratory on “Automated Software Engineering” three industry partners collaborate with Johannes Kepler University Linz to promote talented young scientists and to achieve high-quality research results. The collaboration particularly emphasizes the transfer of knowledge to the industry partners in the laboratory. The lab is funded and supported by the Christian Doppler Research Society (CDG), a non-profit organization promoting research in the areas of natural sciences, technology, and economics. In the presentation we will give a survey about our ongoing research activities in the areas of product line engineering, domain-specific languages, and component-based software development. The focus of this paper lies on the discussion of a potential application of the CDG funding instrument to the Nepali software industry and higher education institutions. In the long-term, setting up similar labs for technology transfer in Nepal could reduce the current brain drain. A short-term step to foster the transfer of experiences between Austria and Nepal is to establish partnerships between Austrian and Nepali universities. Such partnerships are essential to promote exchange of teaching and research staff.