Binod Bahadur Khatry (PhD)
Principal, Phoenix College of Management
Phoenix College of Management offers international degree in Nepali swathes. In your opinion, why should students study international courses in Nepal?
There is a trend of going to foreign countries for higher studies after completing ten-plus-two level in Nepal. But foreign education cannot be afforded by all Nepalese students as only a handful of rich families can afford international education in a foreign land. So, we have been offering international degree in Nepal with the view to fulfill the desire of students wishing to attain an international degree in Nepal. We provide internationally standardized education with international degree at an affordable fee structure in Nepal. Students, who are not able to go to foreign countries but have strong desire to receive an international degree, can approach our college for the same.
What differences do you find between the programs of domestic Universities and foreign Universities?
Domestic Universities also offer BBA and MBA programs in Nepal. However, we offer the same program with a foreign affiliation. Despite the fact that the names are identical, there are fundamental differences between the courses of foreign Universities and the domestic Universities. For an instance, foreign University offers international standard courses and latest teaching pedagogy which are comprehensive and updated. There are some basic similarities, but while analyzing thoroughly we find vast differences between them.
In your opinion, how IPAN should move ahead for managing foreign affiliated colleges in Nepal properly?
IPAN is the umbrella organization of foreign affiliated colleges in Nepal. It consolidates the foreign affiliated college for its existence, expansion and delivery. The organization should expand its function widely and should play a coordinative role for producing qualified human resources required for the nation by extending cooperation to the stakeholders. The organization should also work hand in hand with the government to widen our role throughout the country for the assurance of quality in education impartation.
In your experience, what is the contributions of foreign affiliated colleges to Nepalese education system?
Foreign affiliated colleges offer international courses and ensure international degree in Nepal. To some extent, it has diminished the number of students going to foreign swathes for higher studies. Similarly, it has stopped a huge amount of money from going to international treasury. Students who embark on foreign studies hardly returned to Nepal to utilize their learned expertise, but students who study in Nepal will serve the nation sincerely. So, we have made contributions to the preparation of skilled human resources that serve the nation without hesitation.
What challenges are foreign affiliated colleges in Nepal experiencing?
There are many challenges that the foreign affiliated colleges have undergone. Due to the vague policy of the government, there is a great challenge of stability of these kinds of colleges. If the government adopts the encouraging policy, the stability and expansion of these kinds of colleges is possible. Similarly, it is very difficult to convince parents and students about its equivalence and future scope due to negative propaganda spread against such kinds of colleges. It is a great challenge to spread out a positive message regarding our program due to lack of cooperation of all the stakeholders; mainly the cooperation of the government is inevitable.
What are the distinct features of Phoenix College of Management?
Phoenix College of Management is a Malaysian Lincoln University affiliated college. It is the first foreign University affiliated college to offer BBA and MBA programs in Nepal. The college has been imparting world-class education through a highly qualified team of instructors. The college is the best destination for management education for an international degree. Similarly, practical orientation is highly focused on teaching and learning activities. We are planning to offer IT programs in the near future too.
What are the features of Lincoln University?
Lincoln University is one of the top Universities of Malaysia. It is reckoned as the 301st top-most Universities in the world. The University has provided affiliation to 12 colleges in Nepal. Students produced from Lincoln University affiliated colleges are holding leading positions in huge business houses, and some of them are showing their phenomenal upshots in higher studies too.
What plans do you have for helping students get jobs or be entrepreneurs after acquiring the qualification?
We mainly focus on preparing our students to be job creators rather than job pursuers. So, we encourage them to be entrepreneurs. For this, we provide a series of training events and orientation sessions by subject experts.
How is the performance of graduates of both domestic and foreign Universities after completing their formal course?
Foreign affiliated colleges primarily focus on practical orientation. They have adopted participatory and interactive teaching pedagogy. So, students produced from them are smarter and more confident. They can easily handle any problems in their workplace. They have also been able to learn leadership skill; so they can lead any institutions efficiently. Our students are different in their presentation, speaking style and convincing capacity.
In your opinion, how should the management education be like in the days to come?
The management education is fully professional based education. So, practical orientation should be given optimum priority while delivering education. Similarly, focus should be given on internship for enhancing students’ capabilities in practical field. Therefore, in order to produce such kinds of human resources, the experts of respective fields should be invited to train the students.