JAMK's School of Professional Teacher Education has developed education in Nepal for several years. Our ongoing development project is Teacher Preparation Programme through ODL Mode for Enhancing Quality in Education (TPP-Nepal 2017-2020). 

Duration of the project: 1 March 2017–30 March 2020
Financier: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland, HEI ICI programme
Project Manager: Tuovi Leppänen


Teacher Preparation Programme through ODL Mode for Enhancing Quality in Education (TPP-Nepal Project) is a capacity development project between Tribhuvan University, Nepal and JAMK University of Applied Sciences together with HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The partnership has been established during a previous project, Training of Trainers for the Teacher Qualification Upgrading Programme in Nepal (ToT Nepal), that ended in 2015.

Nepal map with the biggest cities showing.

In Nepal, the Ministry of Education has introduced a School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) to improve the quality and relevance of education. Ministry has identified a specific need for qualified teachers in math, science and social studies that calls for easily available upgrading programs for teachers across Nepal. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) provides a tool for equitable access to qualification upgrading programs that is accessible also for remote areas and to teachers that are unable to attend classes regularly on campus.

With a share of 88 per cent of Higher Education student enrollment in Nepal through its main, constituent and affiliated campuses, Tribhuvan University (TU) has a key role in implementation of the SSDP. Through providing flexible ODL programmes for secondary level teachers who are currently working with insufficient degree level, TU-FoE can play its part in implementing the Teacher Qualification Upgrading Program for 13,000 working teachers in secondary level schools across Nepal. Qualified teachers equal improved learning results contributing to the academic achievement and employability of the youth of Nepal.

TTP Nepal project contributes to result areas 1-3 of the HEI ICI programme. ODL programmes in math, science and social studies are developed with 30 self-learning material packages for TU-FoE and Regional Campuses. With wider ODL supply, regional campaigns and improved teacher competence, the aim is to increase student enrolment in ODL programmes. 

What was going on at TPP Nepal project? 

Read the news and blog texts: TPP Nepal News


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The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world. The projects support the HEIs as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and administered by the Finnish National Agency for Education.