Message from the HUC Secretariat

Among all the sectors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has been shaken to its core, but despite this our HUC community continues to thrive and stay connected through collaborative research and delivering quality trainings. We have enhanced virtual collaboration by embracing state-of-the-art digital technology, bridging the technological divide, and safeguarding digital inclusiveness across all regional member countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.

We mourn the untimely departure of Ranbeer Rawal, former Director of GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, who served as the HUC Steering Committee Member representing India. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues, as well as with our fellows who have been impacted by the pandemic and political turmoil. We are deeply grateful for your continued engagement and are truly inspired by your proactiveness in building our resilience. The HUC community enters the new academic year 2021-2022 with perseverance, aspirations, and hope for a safer, greener, and more just world that we will build and sustain together.

HUC goes global

HUC at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

We were thrilled to represent the HKH globally at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held virtually this year. We set up a virtual booth on Building an Impactful Alliance for Sustainable Mountain Education for the Hindu Kush Himalayas and hosted a live meeting with panellists who shared inter-related stories about HUC and its role in sustainable mountain education. 

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HUC Disaster Risk Reduction TWG panel participates in international symposium in Bangkok

10 participants from 6 countries from the HUC network participated in the symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (DRSD) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) from June 24-25 2021. 

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International Seminar on 'Ethnic fermented foods of the Himalayas with reference to Bhutan: Traditional to metagenomics'

The seminar held on 29 January 2021 acquainted students with the latest development in metagenomics and health, and promoted the benefits of ethnic fermented foods and beverages of the Himalayas. 64 participants, more than half of them female, from the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Royal University of Bhutan attended the seminar.  

New projects and partnerships

'Hydro-Himalaya' project partnership wins NORAD funding for six years

We were instrumental in securing the NORHED-II funding for the Hydro-Himalaya project which started in mid-2021. This collaborative project aims to strengthen research-based education, and produce a better-qualified workforce for the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Have a look at the project video to learn more about the project.


HUC TransHimalayan Environmental Humanities TWG launches book with Routledge

The publication marks the first formal introduction of environmental humanities to the Himalayan region and features case studies from Bhutan, Assam, Sikkim, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sino-Indian borderlands. We congratulate all the contributing authors and editors for this achievement and thank them for their research and hard work.

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Featured video

More than just trainings: HUC Fellows’ journey

Check out our newest video showcasing our fellows’ journey and learnings through HUC trainings.


HUC now powered by Panopto!

Realizing the need for and importance of stifling through a good video management software, especially during the pandemic, we have onboarded Panopto to ease video management for the HUC network. Stay tuned while we work towards expanding this feature to a wider network in the HKH!

HUC fellow receives Harvard-Yenching fellowship

We would like to congratulate Charisma Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sikkim University on receiving the prestigious Harvard-Yenching fellowship for 2021-22. She is an HUC SDC Focus Grantee and also a member of the HUC Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities Thematic Working Group. 

ICIMOD Mountain Chairs

Throughout the years, ICIMOD Mountain Chairs have actively worked to advance our shared vision of enhanced collaboration and developing knowledge partnerships in the HKH region.

Our Mountain Chair, Jyoti Prakash Tamang delivered a keynote presentation during the webinar, 'Revitalizing ethnic cuisine for improved nutrition, nature positive food production, and equitable livelihoods' conducted on 8th June. 

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Keeping up the momentum of bringing together collaborators, experts, and participants from all across the globe, the training conducted by our Mountain Chair Christopher Scott on “Renewable energy transitions: A comparative assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and Alps” was a great success. 36 participants from 16 countries came together to learn from 12 experts from across the world.

Have a look at the vlogs prepared during the workshop.

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Trainings and field work

Fieldwork during the pandemic

The Cryosphere and Society Thematic Working Group successfully conducted fieldwork in Bhutan, India, and Pakistan, following strict guidelines and taking all the necessary precautions. 

Modelling surface flow hazards

In collaboration with the University of Bristol, we organized a training on the use of flow modelling for hazard assessment in mountain environments.

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Virtual and in-person training

Our training ‘Bringing meaning to statistical practice using R’, was conducted simultaneously using a hybrid modality in three member countries: Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan.

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HUC members

HUC's reach has increased manifold over the years! Our reach spreads across 19 countries, with 67 members within the HKH region, and 19 associate members outside the region.

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