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Hum Gurung - Nepal

Course: PHD
Institute: Griffith University
Location: Queensland

Hum Gurung received a PhD from Griffith University in 2008.  He completed Bachelor and Masters degree with Honours from Lincoln University, New Zealand .  He was Chief Executive Officer of Bird Conservation Nepal from 2009 to September 2012 and has recently formed the Himalayan Sustainable Future Foundation. He has been associated with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) of the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal from 1986 to 1996 as Conservation Officer, and Conservation Education and Extension Officer.

He worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as National Programme Manager of the Sustainable Community Development Programme, known as Nepal Capacity 21, from 1997 to 2004. He has carried out a number of research projects in community-based approaches for environmental education, sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable tourism management and ecosystem services.

Complementary to Hum’s career progression he too remains cognisant and proud to promote his education experiences in Australia. This is reflected in the work he did while in country to continuously promote to his peers and fellow Nepalese students the advantages of studying in Australia; as the President of the Griffith University Nepal Club and as a member of the Nepalese Association of Queensland (NAQ). This continues with Hum being the now President of the Tamu Educational and Career Advancement Network (TECANET) in Nepal – a dedicated social network of graduate students and professionals working to promote education and career development, nationally and abroad, to prospective Nepalese students and indigenous youth. Hum also maintains a strong relationship with Griffith University over their joint work to coordinate field courses for Griffith students in both ecotourism and conservation in Nepal, which today are continuing.

In the course of career advancement and professional development Hum traveled extensively in Nepal (over 50 districts) and internationally in over 25 countries for conferences and seminars including the United Nations conferences.  He has track records of working with the Government of Nepal from formulations of Nepal’s Sustainable Development Agenda to national preparatory works of international conferences including the United Nations Conferences- Convention on Bilogical Diversity and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  He has often invited as keynote speaker in the field of biodiversity conservation, sustainable tourism and environmental education. 

While he was in Australia, he set up a support networks for Nepali students which doubly acted to also promote Australia. And since returning to Nepal he has also made it possible for Griffith to run field courses in both ecotourism and conservation biology. He has been significantly contributing the Conservation in Practice course in Nepal as coordinator for students from Griffith University since 2007.  Hum has played a pivotal role in establishing the collaboration and partnership in teaching between Nepalese Universities (Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University) and Government and Non-governmental agencies (Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation), National Trust for Nature Conservation, World Wildlife Fund and Bird Conservation Nepal.

The Higher Education system in Australia has an international reputation for high quality education. The multicultural society and close to Asian countries make Australia as one of the best destinations in the world to pursue higher education.

Last updated: Friday, 29 May 2015 11:06:30 AM

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