Subscribe to our Newsletter

Sign up for Kroc School News and Events

Join nearly 10,000 Changemakers when you subscribe to the Kroc School's monthly e-newsletters. Subscribe

Second Cohort of Nepali Emerging Leaders Graduates in Ceremony in Gorkha

Wednesday, November 13, 2019TOPICS: Faculty and StaffFieldworkGlobal Impact

Nepali Emerging Leaders Program Graduation
begin quoteThis is not the end of our journey together, but the beginning. Today you join the 21 alumni from 2018 as a growing movement of emerging leaders dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict and the strengthening of Nepal’s social cohesion.

The 16th Century Gorkha Durbar, or palace, clings to the top of a hill nearly 5,000 feet in the air. Manaslu, the world’s eighth tallest peak, towers snowcapped in the distance. The combined fort, palace, and temple offer commanding views of the neighboring hills and valleys. From this seat of power in the mid-1700s, the King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah, launched his successful campaign to unify the kingdoms of Nepal, setting the stage for the modern-day country. 

Owing to this history, the city of Gorkha was a fitting locale to host the graduation ceremony for the 2019 cohort of the Nepali Emerging Leaders Program (NELP). The 31 graduates are themselves a reflection of this diverse, but united country, representing Nepal’s varied geographic, political, caste, and ethnic backgrounds. King Prithvi Narayan Shah believed that physical unification alone was not enough and that the peoples of these disparate kingdoms needed to be socially integrated. Two-hundred and fifty years after his reign, the NELP graduates are fulfilling Shah’s vision by leading a more peaceful, prosperous, and united Nepal into the 21st Century.

The NELP is a collaboration between the University of San Diego’s Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) and the Kathmandu-based Leadership Academy. The graduation ceremony took place as part of the fourth seminar of this year’s program, following previous events in Nepalgunj, Kathmandu, and Kaski. Participants earned the celebration after two days of demanding sessions on topics including gender and power imbalances in leadership, negotiation, and project evaluation. 

Gorkha Mayor Rajan Raj Panta and Chief District Officer Shri Jitendra Basnet handed over the certificates to the graduates. Additional attendees of Saturday’s ceremony included NELP security consultant and former Inspector General of the Nepal Police, Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan, Political Advisor to the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal, Pratigya Simkhada Banskota, and four members of the 2018 NELP cohort, including the Mayor of Falebas, Padampani Sharma.  Local ward officer Sharan Shrestha, one of the program alumni, helped to organize the event and offered his congratulations as part of the ceremony.  

In his opening remarks, Kroc IPJ Program Officer Daniel Orth commended the graduates for their dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and commitment to positive, effective leadership. Looking to the future, he added, “This is not the end of our journey together, but the beginning. Today you join the 21 alumni from 2018 as a growing movement of emerging leaders dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict and the strengthening of Nepal’s social cohesion. In the coming years, your work together will benefit the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nepal’s people.”    

Reflecting on the end of her one-year experience in the program, one participant remarked, “Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to participate as a student. May many others get this chance.” Nearly 100 leaders have applied to be a part of the 2020 cohort that will launch in January, including many individuals encouraged by the program’s alumni.

Interested in learning more about the Nepali Emerging Leaders Program or other global programs at the Kroc IPJ? Check them out here

Contact:

Daniel Orth
dorth@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4066

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Phone

Contact Us

Map

Visit Campus

5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110