Cairn International Studies
International Studies will improve European students' ability to
work in an increasingly globalized environment in Nepal and surrounding
Asia. The goal is to prepare European students and trainees for focused
international tasks, promote interactive and communicative skills and encourage
an open and receptive attitude towards the Himalayan region ethnic cultures.
Cairn Euro-Asian Network will further increase opportunities for internships,
field-research and online studies within an international dimension and
with selected international experts cooperation.
Cairn Cross-Cultural Awareness program
stresses that for an Euro-Asian cross-cultural training to be effective
as an enhancement for an international development organization, it must
deal with several complexities in the learning process, including that
of providing flexible options for genuine Projects-based Cultural Immersion.
Just providing information, or some online courses, is not an effective
approach for the future Euro-Asian relations, beyond that of a basic introductory
Cairn believes that such training
should be an interactive intercultural process, through the use of flexible
training modules being a menu of Cultural Immersion Options organized in
strategic target-sites, where the behavioral situation, case studies, scenarios,
critical incidents, catharsis and crisis resolution, will bring participants
and beneficiaries focused and longterm results.
is also launching a stepwise development of a Mixed Mode Postgraduates
and Masters ECDL/ECTS Certification centered around disciplines initiated
from the EU partners units and linked with the pressing issues of Nepal/Asian
LDCs Development Management. This unique mode of study allows students
the flexibility to study through a combination of residential home courses
in the EU, field-study in Asia, group sessions and flexible distance learning.
The recommended pattern of study starting in 2004/2005 is currently under-design,
for the following options.
Tuition Fees Payable Per Annum
Annual tuition fees are due on the
anniversary of the initial registration date.
Full-time research students pay an
annual fee for three years for PhD and for two years for Postgraduate Master
level (MLitt and MSc); thereafter an annual Registration-only fee.
Part-time research students pay an
annual fee, calculated on a pro-rata basis, for six years for PhD and for
four years for Masters; thereafter an annual Registration-only fee.
The thesis submission fee is payable
by full-time PhD students who submit a thesis later than four years after
their initial registration and on first submission by members of staff
whose annual fees are remitted. The fee is also payable in all cases where
a thesis is submitted for re-examination. All fees are correct at time
of publication on this page, but may be subject to change.
Postgraduate Research Fees (UK
Postgraduate Options Standard rate
Computing ECDL Menu (see HMJ)
Tibetan Medicine &Psychology
Social Services Management
Advanced Social Work Studies
Health Psychology Online
Research (EU based)
Immersion Field- Options
Programme Options (*)
(c) RWL 2004-05 (adapted draft-
Cairn international collaboration
programs with selected European and Asian High education Institution (HEI)
Units join the contemplative philosophy practices of awareness with a 21st
century global citizenship intervention. Cairn approaches international
education from a wide perspective being useful to both students, trainees
and the local target- communities - one that includes the ethics, intellect,
intuitive insight, motivation, clairvoyance, and a willingness to explore
with mind and heart together. Studying and living overseas fosters intercultural
competence, critical thinking, and the ground for compassionate engagement
with the world.
Cairn Options offer opportunities
for strategic sites exploration, indepth needs diagnosis, seeking of remedials,
as well as vision and growth at the personal, community and professional
level. Our programs are designed to meet a variety of interests and needs
- from Introduction Certificates (ECTS/ECDL) upto Postgraduate Masters
and intensive training seminars to expand your field of work and enrich
your every day. Cairn Fall 2004-05 Highlights Menu include:
Programme Options / Click on Options for more details
The Cairn Euro-Asian
Cross-cultural Awareness Volunteer Programme
has a genuine cross-cultural immersion learning and research
experience as its main goal. As an innovative initiative in
Euro-Asia university and High Education Institutions (HEIs) linkages,
this platform is widely regarded as timely and appropriate, provided
that key element of its strategy be refocused as much on the future of
sustainable and relevant high education exchange niches, than addressing
Asian LDCs pressing priorities and bringing more awareness on Nepal dramatic
current issues. This innovative programme is accordingly the only one of
its kind, which links European researchers with strategic sites selected
in the Himalayan region and places them accordingly at grassroots in a
most favourable position to assess the prospectives of Asia. While on the
one hand, it addresses the future relations of Europe with Asia LDCs emerging
economies and the result of imported development policies, Cairn also seeks
for innovative, beneficial and ethical personal development avenues within
the rich traditional, philosophical and cultural heritage of the Himalayas,
which as tools in terms of attitude, knowledge and decision-making process
may lead to better understanding, mutual respect and collaboration.
being organized under the legal umbrella of registered local HEIs and non-profit
organizations (NGOs), such as the St-Xavier
Campus(SXC), St-Xavier's Social Services Center
Nepal Institute for Health Science (NIHS), RECID (TU/IOM), KUNPHEN Tibetan
Medical Center, KAILASH Tibetan Medical Center (Amchi Jampa), and/or other
selected intervenors and community support groups, Cairn offers a
unique choice of true experiential and professional opportunities for thesis
researchers, postgraduate students, professionals and/or international
volunteers, including the possibility to enjoy the amazing beauty of the
Himalayan region nature, rich culture and real involvement with people
in daily life.
Given that this programme is fundamentally
about creating and expanding new and sustainable structural opportunities
for students, researchers and trainees to share and upgraded their knowledge,
attitude and awarenness, it will remain flexible and based upon students
a Menu of Open Learning ECTS/ECDL Options. While the present set of priorities
range from ‘Human Resource Development’ (HRD), ‘e-Marketing Online Curriculum
Development’ and other technical market-driven categorisations, emphasis
is being brought to cover areas being: Social/Health Anthropology, Clinical
Anthropology, Psychotherapy, Ethnomedicine, Drug Abuse Counselling Training,
Tsa-rLung Tibetan Medicine Energotherapy, Tantras, Philosophy,
Languages, Arts & Humanities, Investigation
Journalism and other more precise topics which may be developed without
limitations by students or trainees in order to address their objectives.
Responding to the needs of future
relations between Europe and Asia, Cairn Erasmus will seek, encourage
and support Projects that reflect the urgent need for more awareness on
LDCs priorities. For doing so, it has taken steps since several years to
gather a core of respected/experienced EU and Asian scholars and interveners,
who all are involved on a daily basis in universities and NGOs services
in/with least developed Asian countries (LDC) and who bring the much needed
constructive but critical appraisal tools and resources for an effective
cooperation. While focusing on the evaluation of the past for fostering
the future, Cairn original approach is in the two-fold nature of its Curriculum
Options studying as much the European and Asian spiritual heritage values,
than personality or modern e-technology.
Following the recent European
Commission decisions, the new Erasmus Mundus programme
partnerships will be developed to
strengthen European/Asian co-operation and international links in higher
education by supporting high-quality European/Asian
Joint-curriculum Masters Courses, enabling students and visiting scholars
to engage in postgraduate study
at European universities, as well
as by encouraging the outgoing mobility of European students and scholars
towards third Asian countries.
The CAIRN new scheme will proceed
using both Cultural Immersion (Tour&Study) in selected strategic sites
in Asia, as well as the usual combination of online courses, lectures,
seminars, group work and practical fieldwork, including a dissertation.
Students will be continuously assessed by tutors online on the basis of
their essays, report writing and presentation of portfolios. There are
no examinations for this programme, as the final aim is based on personalized
experiential and tailored project which fulfilment will require genuine
and continuous efforts on the ground...
Strategic Asian Target-site(s)
Situated in the strategic site of
Boddhnath Stupa ( KTM Valley Nepal), itself a crossroad and
a renown pilgrimage powerplace,
Cairn Consortium is at the core of the Himalayan region outstanding beauty,
as well as immerged into local religious, cultural, commercial and (post-)
development issues. As a Regional HEIs/NGOs Network, Cairn also has other
selected partners located in North India (Sarnath, Varanasi, Delhi and
Tsopema HP), Tibet - TAR (Nyalam, Lhasa, Kham) and China (Shanghai), Thailand,
Burma (Myanmar) and Bali...
From their learning, seeing, talking,
listening, practicing, experiencing, travelling and discussing – Cairn
programme participants will emerge from their stay with a different view
of Asia, of their home country and also perhaps of themselves. For
some, this will have been their first encounter with Nepalese, Tibetans
or Chinese, and they will return home with much to ponder. Perhaps for
some others the greatest reward will have been the friendships established
with other participants, and with the local people and youth they got to
know. Regardless of the respective backgrounds, Cairn will have been
a meeting place for some of the brightest and most interesting students
and will be remembered and valued for the rest of their lives.
project's tutoring/coaching will enhance participant’s ability to understand
experiential, as being Gestalts immersed in a broad geopolitical eco-social
symbolic efficacy and ongoing cultural changes, for which appraisal most
Asians similarly are often ill-prepared.
CAIRN Innovative Pedagogy
(Tentative Itinerary & Process)
During 28 days minimum and to upto
4-5 months maximum, motivated high school students or researchers being
gathered from various parts of Canada, UK, the United States and Europe,
will come to Bodhanath Stupa - KTM to live, study, practices and travel
together in the whole of the Himalayan range, exploring a very different
culture and lifestyle, and a very different perceptions of people and themselves.
They will experience both the traditions and changes that make the Stupa
of Bodhanath so distinctive and so important for being able to grasp and
understand insights of the present things, and things to come, in a variety
of ways enabling them to understand what they see.
Participants will choose from a wide
variety of online courses,
or bring a personal research theme, allowing them to gain an understanding
of some of the key concepts, background and methodology of some of the
controversial topics that are at the forefront of the changes sweeping
through Nepal, Tibet, China and India. From the meeting of these prerequisite
with their experiential, they will be in position to appreciate the deep
traditions and history that underlie everything that happens in the Himalayan
region and around.
Students and researchers will work
with qualified NGOs experts, academic tutors of repute and the young local
generation to undertake different field studies and investigate for themselves
the key issues of their projects. Coaching, supervision and daily briefings,
sometimes discussed in classes is an important aspect of the quality of
experiential. Through extensive opportunities they will meet and talk with
a wide range of people, from lamas, artists, businessmen, NGOs or HEIs
officials, to ordinary shopkeepers, youth and workers, by visiting villages,
urban homes, SMEs small enterprise workplaces, local NGOs, monasteries,
temples, schools, they will compare what they learn in class with what
they experience themselves. This combination of high-level academic instruction
with project-based investigative learning, discussions and debates, and
online broadband interaction with database online is what will make Cairn
programme a unique opportunity, in a unique place.
Face to face language tutorials in
Nepalese, Indi, Tibetan and/or Chinese are made available as options for
those who seek the abilities which will allow them to share, understand,
develop, or hone their skills in close contact with local people.
Demolition of the old and construction
of the new are everywhere, including the effects of the ongoing Maoists
insurgency. This is the time to register what Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese
people are feeling, living through and hoping for now. Students will
forever be referring to this experience by saying, "When I studied there,
this is what Nepal was like…."