The Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University is running a full-time, two years (4-semesters) master program in Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) from July 2010 in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondhiem, Norway. Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is the responsible agency and financier of this NOMA (Norad Programme for Master Studies) Program and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is responsible for the management of this NOMA program (NOMA PRO 2010/13643). The Norwegian funding will be from 2010 to 2014.
The 2-year (4-semester) Master of Science program consists of a package of courses covering important areas for managing and mapping technology and innovation management and entrepreneurship. This Master program is designed to give students a focused, relevant and utilizable body of knowledge in technology and Innovation management, suitable for people with an interest in starting and managing innovative projects either within existing structures or by realizing new economic endeavors. Graduates from the program will be prepared to work for corporations/industries and entrepreneurial firms in the knowledge economy with capabilities to be innovative and successful either as entrepreneurs starting new companies or as intrapreneurs generating and managing new technical business opportunities within existing corporations. It will also create an arena for collaboration between faculty and people from industries and businesses to enhance the productivity of their organizations. In this context, the Institute of Engineering (IOE) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI).
Program entry requirements
In order to be eligible for admission for the Master of Science Program in Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), a candidate must:
- Have a Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering (normally from a Four Year Program) from Tribhuvan University or its equivalent from an institution of recognized standing.
- Have undergraduate grades significantly above average and not less than prescribed by the Faculty Board of the Institute of Engineering.
- Have at least 2 years of relevant working experience after graduation.
- Submit a recommendation made by two referees who should be from among the employer where the candidate worked and/or from the concerned teaching faculty from where the candidate received the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
Candidates fulfilling the Program Entry requirements will be selected for admission on the basis of merit based on TIM Entrance Test.
Categories of students
Four categories of students are envisaged in this course and they are:
- NOMA (Norwegian Government)/Institute of Engineering sponsored Students. These scholarships will only
be given in the year 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- Regular Fee paying students.
- Full Fee paying students.
- Sponsored students
This Master Course focuses on the design, management and improvement of Technology and Innovation strategies. It is multidisciplinary and builds on several scientific and engineering disciplines. The courses, project works and Master’s thesis include different pedagogical ideas and teaching and learning methods. The program is organized with an objective to produce graduates who will have an understanding of technology and innovation management techniques so that they have the capability to accept broader and more responsible roles, both technical and managerial, within an atmosphere of continual change. An important influence in our program is problem-based learning including case studies and problem solving with quantitative and qualitative models. The most important part of the study program is the project work, which runs throughout the 2 and 3 semesters. Wherever possible, the project work should be industry-based requiring students to investigate live problems.
In the first semester, four core courses (technology and management based) and one technology and innovation laboratory work will help students to develop an understanding of how technological innovation works within the organization and how it is shaped from the outside. Familiarity with a range of practical tools for managing the innovation process is also introduced. Then, in the second semester, more in-depth treatment of the strategic issues in technology and innovation management is covered. In this semester, 2 electives are also offered through a choice of elective courses (both departmental electives and technology and innovation management electives). A group Project Work is also undertaken this semester.
In the third semester, students will complete a directed study related to the research dissertation, (thesis) which offers the opportunity to pursue selected issues in greater depth, and to integrate these with broader theoretical and analytical work. In this semester, one core and one elective course will also be offered. Students should also complete a 2nd Project work in this semester. The final fourth semester will be completely devoted to the individual research work (masters’ thesis).