MidWestern University School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Birendranagar Surkhet

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The Faculty of Humanities and Social Science comprises the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) which is based in the University premises in Birendranagar Municipality, in the District of Surkhet, Nepal. Starting from the Academic Year 2012-2013, the School is offering graduate and undergraduate programs in various subjects and disciplines.

As it moves forward with the implementation of the 4-year curriculum starting from 2012, the School has identified in the concept of social responsibility and human development the core themes that will guide the future development of the Institute.

The concept of social responsibility finds application in the constant attention towards what is happening in the society at national, regional and global level. This concept goes hand in hand with the concept of social leadership. By pursuing research and learning activities in this area of study, the School aims to promote global social engagement and prepare future leaders and professionals who are responsible citizens, socially committed and able to read, interpret and cope with the challenges of continuous changing scenarios.

Development is a multi-dimensional process of improving the quality of all human lives at different but equally important levels, by creating conditions conducive to the holistic growth of the individuals and increasing peoples’ freedom to choose by enlarging the range of their choices. Inspired by the statement that “People are the real wealth of a nation”, the School tries to promote a concept of Human Development that is sustainable in the long run, inclusive of all members that make-up a society, ensure full human rights and equal opportunities for everyone.

These core themes inform the teaching philosophy of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and nourish all of its taught programs. Around these core themes, the School has thus identified the main subject areas of the Institute and, based on this, has developed its academic offer both at graduate and undergraduate level. Some courses are interdisciplinary and broad-ranging, looking at key social issues from a variety of angles and perspectives, while others are subject specific.

Around these core components, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences also aims to build the research strengths of the Institute. The School is committed towards the promotion of a thriving research culture and has made of it its mission. The School aims at enhancing the research competencies of the students and training them in the qualitative and quantitative methods that are fundamental to social science research.

To reinforce the strength of its research activities, the School has also identified some research clusters in which it is particularly keen to carry out extensive research and attract research students. The Schools thus promotes research in fields such as culture, citizenship, identities, good governance and administration, international development and innovation.

VISION

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to excellence in scholarship, expand high quality and innovative teaching and learning, and promote the universal values of human dignity, freedom of expression and pursuit of knowledge, for the ultimate goal of advancing the collective understanding and increase the social good.

The School seeks to impart high quality education with a holistic approach in order to enhance the capabilities of the students and contribute to the overarching development and advancement of the nation. It also strives to create an intellectually stimulating and culturally diverse environment that prepares competent professionals and leaders who are able to use a variety of methodologies, skills and strategies necessary to provide effective and creative solutions in Nepal and worldwide.

MISSION

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences aims at strengthening the University’s capacities in learning, teaching and research in the field of humanities and social sciences by promoting the development of the students and of their competencies by fostering critical thinking skills, enhancing students’ creativity, preparing them for professional careers and exposing them to an integrated approach of the relevant social, economic, political and cultural components of the human development.

The School seeks to implement these purposes by pursuing specific core strengths, which are: scholarship, creativity, academic freedom and accountability, creation and disseminations of new knowledge, social and cultural relevance, diversity and flexibility across the disciplines. These core strengths find full application in an environment which is cultural diverse, respectful of diversity and human dignity and inclusive of all individual and collective effort.

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MAIN GOALS

- Providing higher education for enhancing the capabilities of the youths;

- Offering graduate and undergraduate academic programs that are practical and job oriented, and provide knowledge and skills to address contemporary social problems of our societies;

- Providing professional programs with international standards in cooperation with internationally recognized higher education institutions;

- Developing students with the capability to critically reflect on the issues which contemporary Nepal as a society is facing through enhancing their ability to read, critically assess and interpret ideas from many sources and expressed in many cultural idioms;

- Training and preparing well skilled and competent Humanities students to serve the society with mindful leadership;

- Develop highly qualified professionals, competent leaders with effective management skills, academic social workers, enthusiast researchers and academicians who can work in various social fields and master theoretical and practical knowledge in various relevant subjects;

- Producing outstanding teaching and research outputs in the Humanities by employing the best possible academics, supporting staff, and ensure retention and development of highly committed and professional staff;

- Increasing the visibility of staff research in the university and wider scientific community;

- Fostering connections between theory and application within and across disciplines by improving close collaborations with business, legal, cultural, government and non- government institutions;

- Actively applying Faculty’s scholarship and research to issues of concern to the wider community.

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