Handong Global University, Republic of Korea and Tribhuvan University, Nepal foster leaders who are committed to solving social problems with “glocal” (global-local) perspective and “creatinnovative” (creative-innovative) ideas.
The MBA course in Global Leadership and Management (GLM) was established in 2014 in partnership with Handong Global University (HGU), Republic of Korea and Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal. Housed within the School of Management in TU, it is a 2-year course that consists of 12 credits in intensive camps. 20 students are admitted every year, and the students come from all over Nepal. Grounded in a holistic approach, this program is designed to foster leaders who are committed to solving social problems with “Glocal” (global-local) perspective and “creatinnovative” (creative-innovative) ideas.
One of the aims of the program is to inspire students to know their responsibility in society and want to create positive change on sustainable development. It offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the social challenges in Nepal and provides real-world, project-based learning. Graduates gain an understanding of sustainable development and are equipped to play a key role in establishing social enterprises and driving social innovation.
During the intensive camps, students learn about the concept of social entrepreneurship and innovation. They work on business models, plans and social marketing campaigns seeking solutions for pressing social issues in Nepal, and the initiatives are developed through constant feedback from professors in HGU and TU from various fields. These fields include business management, economics, law, and social welfare, as well as engineering. Guest experts are also invited to provide feedback from the public, industry, and NGO sectors.
Students also have the opportunity to engage in field research at the local level and pitching their projects to prospective investors during the visit to Korea. Moreover, professors provide continuous consulting opportunities for the graduates who start social enterprises or work in related fields. Those graduates often become mentors of the students, sharing their experiences and giving practical advice.
The program seeks to strengthen teaching on social problem analysis in the local community context that the solutions students present are rooted in local resources. Furthermore, HGU and TU plan to establish a social innovation platform through the GLM alumni forum. Building on the experiences of graduates, it will explore sustainable ways of bringing social innovation to Nepal and contribute to raising public awareness.