Internet Graduate Programs in Bio??

James Joshi ku at
Tue Nov 21 03:01:08 EST 1995

Dear Sir or Madam:

Universities in third world countries are eagerly looking for ways
in which they can improve their faculty by upgrading their degrees.
Given the general level of education here, masters' programs would
perhaps be most in demand, with the possibility of continuing in a
doctoral program a strong advantage.
Short residency requirements mean less cost, an important 
consideration for third world institutions.  Another concern is
the brain drain--some arrangement needs to be made to decrease the
probability that the participant will never return to his
or her sponsoring institution. For example, if the residency
could be done in a year or so at the beginning of the program,
with the degree not being granted until the student completes the
program via the internet from his/her sponsoring institution, it would
make it more likely that the staff member would return.

The advantages for the degree granting institution include
abbreviation of the applicant screening process, and lessened
financial risk.  The sponsoring institution, since it is investing in
its faculty member, is not likely to send someone who cannot
succeed, be it for lack of experience in English or lack of
preparation or any other reason.  Financial risk is lessened
because you would be dealing not with an individual but with an
institution that has a vested interest in maintaining the relationship.

If you are interested in building such a relationship, please contact
me by e-mail at

ku at

putting my name, John Fairfield, in the subject field (the account
is shared).  Or send air-mail to

John Fairfield
Kathmandu University
Post Box 6250
Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kathmandu University is a relatively new institution making
a serious attempt to upgrade the quality of science, technical
and managerial education in Nepal.

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