Nepal Japan Project has been in practice since 2005, when Mushashi Institute of Technology, Japan collaborated with National College to conduct spring and summer projects in Nepal and Japan respectively.
The legacy has been continued today by National College along with four universities of Japan viz. Waseda University, University of Scared Heart, Sophia University and Sokendai University.
Spring Project: A team of Japanese students from the four different universities along with their professors visit Nepal to conduct research on a predetermined topic. A similar team from NC, guided by supervisors, assists the Japanese side to carry out the research activities and make them familiar to Nepal and Nepalese culture. The joint research team visits different cultural and historic places of Kathmandu and also sites outside the valley.
Spring Project: The Nepalese side then returns the favor by visiting Japan where they are, in turn, helped by the Japanese side to learn various culture and traditions of Japan. The highlight of the visit is the Student Symposium where the Japanese and Nepalese sides present their research papers in front of their professors, supervisors and university authorities.
Along with the academic aspects, the Nepalese students also move in and around the Greater Tokyo and Yokohama areas visits and sightseeing.
This program, now, has come a long way that after 15 years from its inception 107 Nepali students have visited Japan (fully sponsored by the project) and 187 Japanese students along with 9 professors and staffs have visited Nepal. The project were being supported by the Ministry of Education, Japan till 2017, now is supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Japan under Sakura Research Grants effective from August 2018 to August 2021. This has paved the way for ten National College students and a faculty every year to visit Japan for research and exposure. More than 30 students will be benefitted from this project in the coming 3 years.