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Memorandums of Understanding Signed

MOU with Jinan University, Guangzhou

LBU and Jinan University, Guangzhou, China signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 8th October 2010 in Kathmandu. Prof. Jiang Shuzhuo, Vice President of Jinan University and Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University signed the Memorandum of Understanding. It is the fi rst MOU signed by LBU with any foreign university.

(Signing of MOU)

Th e participation of Registrar and Dean in an international seminar in Guangzhou organized by the Institute of Chinindian Studies, Jinan University in December 2009 opened the door for bilateral relations between the two universities. After this event, Jinan University took great interest on LBU because of its religious as well as academic signifi cance. After several rounds of negotiation, terms of MOU were agreed upon by both the parties. For the signing ceremony, a team comprised of Prof. Jiang Shuzhuo (Vice President), Prof. Zhao Zhong (Social Science Dept.), Prof. Jia Haitao (Director of ICS and Dept. of International Relations) and Mr. Li Lijia (Deputy Director, International Aff airs Offi ce) visited Kathmandu from 5th October to 9th October 2010. Th e signing ceremony was participated by Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar (Vice Chancellor), Prof. Khadga Man Shrestha (Registrar) Prof. Shanker Th apa (Dean) and Mr. Uddhab Puri from Lumbini Buddhist University. Th e MOU mentions following basic terms and conditions –

  1. To start exchange programmes in areas of mutual interest and concern in terms of academic aff airs, including:
    • Exchange of books, teaching materials, academic data and dissertations, concerning teaching and scientifi c research projects.
    • Joint research activities.
    • Sharing opinions and experiences for setting up scientifi c institutions and laboratories.
    • Exchange of faculty members for either longterm or short-term appointments, research tour and academic programmes in some specialized disciplines.
    • Postgraduate and undergraduate exchange for study or research purposes.
    • Promotion of mutual understanding through exchange of visits.

Wanshou Temple, Yangmin Mt. of China

(Ven. Elder Yan Zang, Deputy
Secretary-General of
Buddhist Association of China and
Chief About of BuddhistWanshou Temple)

LBU and Buddhist Wanshou Temple at Yangming Mountain (China) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop academic relations between the two institutions on 30 January 2011.

Exchange of academic visits and dissemination of study material on Buddhism, and initiating joint research programmes are the areas on which both the institutions agreed to collaborate.

(Wanshou delegates and LBU authorites with the Nepalese and
Chinese Ambassador-HE Tanka Karki andHE Qi Guohong)

The MOU was signed by Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, on behalf of LBU and Ven. Elder Yang Zang, on behalf of Buddhist Wanshou Temple, with HE Tanka Prasad Karki, Nepal's Ambassador to China, as Witness. Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Qiu Guohung, Registrar Prof. Khadga Man Shrestha, and Dean Prof. Shanker Thapa were also present on the occasion.

Soai and Soka Universities, Japan

(MOU Signed with Soka University, Tokyo)

On the invitation of the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo, the Vice Chancellor, LBU paid a friendly visit to some Japanese Universities and academic institutions for about two weeks from 5 to 17 September 2011. During his visit, Prof. Manandhar singed Memorandums of Understanding with Soka University, Tokyo on 7 September, and Soai University, Osaka on 13 September 2011. The MOUs have been signed by the Vice Chancellor of LBU and Presidents of Soai and Soka Universities. Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi, the Deputy Chief of Mission; Embassy of Nepal was the witness. Soka University conducts research on Buddhism through International Institute for Advanced Buddhology (IIAB), and Soai University has a Department of Buddhist Culture under the Faculty of Humanities, for higher studies and research in Buddhism.

(MOU Signed with Soai University, Osaka, Japan)

In course of his visit, Prof. Manandhar delivered a lecture on ‘Buddhism and Peace Process’ at Hiroshima University. Similarly, he gave a talk on ‘Buddhism in Nepal in historical perspective; at the Soai University, attended by the teachers and students of that University.

Prof. Manandhar also visited Komazawa University Tokyo and met the President, Vice President and other higher authorities of the university. Komazawa University has a Faculty of Buddhism, under which Department of Zen Buddhist Studies offers courses for Bachelor's Degree and Department of Buddhist Studies deals with Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programmes on Buddhism. In addition, he also visited the Theravada Association of Japan, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, World Buddhist Supreme Conference, Kudo Kyodan Buddhist Fellowship, Japanese Buddhist Federation, and Reuykai in Tokyo. He also participated in the closing session of Himalayan Languages Symposium on 9 September at Kobe city.