Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL) was established in 2005 by the Nepal Agroforestry Foundation and a group of like-minded professionals and academicians deeply committed to the cause of promoting quality education and research in the fields of Forestry and Natural Resource Management in Nepal.
KAFCOL has been steadily growing over the years. Currently, it runs three academic programs: (i) B.Sc. Forestry in affiliation with the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, (ii) Diploma in Forestry in affiliation with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Government of Nepal, and (iii) M.Sc. in Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIScience) in collaboration with the University of Salzburg, Austria. In pursuit of realizing its vision to become a "centre of excellence" in education and research related to Forestry and Natural Resources Management (NRM), KAFCOL is now preparing to offer Masters level courses in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development (NRM-RD) in affiliation with the Tribhuvan University.
Alongside teaching and research, KAFCOL has also been undertaking outreach projects which have greatly helped to enhance the College’s profile and visibility in Nepal and beyond. Some of our recent or current national and international collaborators include the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal; Hariyo Ban Program, WWF Nepal; Thompson Rivers University, Canada; and Georg-August University of Gottingen, Germany. We also have a very good working relations with several other relevant agencies in Nepal (such as IUCN Nepal, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Federation of Community Forest Users in Nepal) and beyond (such as the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand).
I am very honored and privileged to be associated with KAFCOL. Drawing upon my long experience of working with the Government of Nepal and international organizations (AIT and ICIMOD), I am committed and striving to fulfill my responsibilities and overcoming challenges. Through a team of highly motivated and accomplished faculty and staff, the College is committed to provide state of the art education that has a strong blend of teaching, field practice and research components.
My administration shall continue making every effort to ensure that KAFCOL has faculty and staff of high quality and that there is an excellent academic environment at the College for our faculty and students in order to make both teaching and learning highly enriching experiences.
On behalf of the College Management, I would like to welcome students desirous of a unique learning experience, and high quality forestry and NRM professionals willing to team up with our esteemed faculty to join or collaborate with KAFCOL.