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Welcome to CAIRN Professional Doctorate

South Asian Himalayan Conflict Resolution Prospectives (CAIRN)



Upcoming Events

CAIRN Consortium is piloting a module initiative, during next November-December 2008, focusing on the geopolitical prospective related to the new Nepalese constitution and government transition period, its envisioned risks in terms of  fragmentation of the previous Nepal state into various competing ethnic/cultural groups and the consequences this vision may entail in terms of conflict prevention, negotiation skills and post conflict development policies.

Entitled : CAIRN / CETRI ' Diplomatic & Media Communication Skills Curriculum Development Consultations ', this draft curriculum development initiative involves a mixture of updated Himalayan region field-data gathering & analysis, review of donors strategic papers, Nepal prospective development reviews, e-learning database workshops, media and negotiation role-play situations and lectures by selected representatives, policymakers, practitioners and academics, as well as of current Nepalese NGOs active in peace and conflict issues, at the international level concerned.

Cross-cultural hermeneutics awareness, comparative study of decision-making process KABP and shared learning are a core component of the methodology employed.

Among the experts who initiated this initiative are: Prof. Mike Singleton (UCL/POLS/ANSO/LAAP), Prof. Francois Houtart (UCL CETRI), Prof. Ian Clegg (UWS/CDS Center for Development Studies DFID UK), Dr. Marco Paret, Fr. William B. Robins SJ (ST- Xavier's KTM NP) and other EU, UK or Nepalese academic and NGOs representatives involved in the fields of Development Studies and Diplomatic cum Media Communication Skills training. 

Members of the envisioned Nepalese Representation group will first meet with Prof. Houtart and Prof. Singleton, in order to review the related priorities, agenda and methodology during the first week of arrival, after which the invited EU, UK and France experts will arrived in the chosen location for a one week duration serie of Round Table meetings, technical discussions and other necessary consultations, for a relevant Curriculum Development in Diplomatic and Communication skills initiative...

Later, hopefully, some of the EU experts will be invited to conduct field visits and prospective strategic analysis in Kathmandu, Nepal, per se (early 2009). Each participant to the tour will complete a minimum of a two week cultural immersion or INGOs placement. This will involve linkages with a number of organizations, including the European Commission Representation KTM Np, the various Embassies concerned, the DFID, the SXC/SXSSC, the CPN, the Human Rights Commission, the U.N, the concerned  E.U. Programmes related NGOs, selected Nepal Government relevant services and local INGOs having a proven track in peace process and best practice in conflict resolution, in various formats of training.

CAIRN Diplomatic Unit recognizes the need to ensure that academic research makes a difference to the lives of people on the ground in conflict-affected countries, namely to conduct bottom up needs diagnosis, taking into account the current obsolete development practices and misrepresentations which affect in EU a vital number of core issues, working with policymakers and practitioners to promote more evidence-based approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution internationally.

The major concerns in terms of Regional and International Strategic Geopolitical issues are the ongoing propaganda and other foreign sponsored entrenched traditional powers which have been trained and tend use the Human Rights related ethnic and racial based autonomy revendications, so as possibly to get to the point of nurturing a major fault in the people representations of their Nepalese nation state status, and accordingly lead to the unprecedented threat to the national unity and sovereignty of Nepal, of breaking the country in two or three major fractures. The most fearful question at this time, that this initiative envisions as its rationale is: Is this the beginning of the end to disintegrate Nepal?



Training and Development

The EU/UK Experts Team, gathered for the present Diplomatic & Media Communication Skills Curriculum Development Consultations, has a record of international excellence in the field of training of developments in international relations. Tailor made foreign policy reviews will be conducted by EU professionals and are to be fully adjusted to the specific testimony of the Nepalese target group. They will translate the needs diagnosis, remedials envisioned, Hermeneutics of croos-cultural data gathering & analysis, into jargon compatible methodological layout on the main issues and aims of relevance in future foreign policy-making and professional diplomatic training.



Philosophy behind the training programmes

In the development of the courses CAIRN has the following guidelines:

  • The courses must give a broader understanding of the background of the current international dilemmas;
  • The courses are policy related;
  • Knowledge building is combined with international skills trainings;
  • The courses focus on personal development.
  • The Diplomatic and Communication Skills need to address the use in Asia of Hermeneutic tools.



Target groups

In the development of the above Curriculum Development Training programme, CAIRN will cooperate with various actors within international relations. These actors are:








The final curriculum courses will include specialized experiential trainings, such as a transfer programme for EU  diplomats in multilateral issues or a complete course in international policy for NGOs and Nepal civil servants...


Private target groups

Post-academic programmes for young academics and private participants can play an important role in the amount of courses which may be offered. One of the potential options is to organize a three months course, which may deal extensively with various aspects of international relations in the EU, UK or Nepal, with a Postgraduate certification.


Development of the Courses

The courses focus on different areas of international relations: Europe-Asia Nepal international relations, sustainable development, humanitarian issues, security and conflict management. The specific focal points of the courses will be adjusted to the particular needs of the target groups and translated into practical modules.

In these modules, substantial lectures are integrated with interactive skills training. This integration takes place in two ways: through seminars in effective reporting, international negotiation and intercultural communication skills on the one hand, and through several practical exercises related to international working areas on the other hand. Examples of this latter form are case studies on policy coordination and simulations on multilateral negotiation processes.

Besides these extensive courses, may offers short, specialized courses as well. These short courses focus on one area of expertise or specific skills. Finally, CAIRN has developed, throughout the years, substantive expertise on guiding non-Western participants.


Consultancy upon Hermeneutic Diplomatic Skills reform

CAIRN expertise intend to extend the envisioned Curriculum Development Team to use this expertise to develop internal courses in EU/S-ASIAN Diplomatic Hermeneutic Tools for international policy. The extensive network of lecturers and experts from various areas of expertise, such as the diplomatic corps, the national government, the national politics and NGOs, lead to the assessment that CAIRN may play an important role in this prospective field as well.

... to be continued









Welcome to the beginning of a new Doctorate experience

 CAIRN  is particularly proud of its 20 years daily experience with Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan NGOs, its reputed academic collaboration in Asia, Europe USA and Canada, as well as of the quality of its Supervision Board, Research Consultants and integrated Cultural Immersion & online learning infrastructure. We have a vibrant Foundation Courses programme and a thriving suite of ECTS/ECDL Postgraduate Options in Health Anthropology, Comparative Study of Traditional Health Practices, Organisational Management and Counselling Psychology, including Tibetan Medicine Tsa-rLung Healing Energotherapy.

CAIRN Education Counselling Services (KTM Nepal, Canada, UK and Europe) offer an ideal starting place for candidates seeking pre-entry requirements for further training in both counselling and counselling psychology. Participants will learn about and practice advanced interpersonal and counselling skills; apply theory and techniques of counselling; gain an understanding of professional and ethical issues; and learn more about themselves. CAIRN also will give advice on immigration and study abroad.


Cultural Immersion

  CAIRN  Professional Doctorate School  is a cultural immersion e-learning and communication gateway for traditional healing practitioners experiential training, development studies academic research, and postgraduate and doctorate student exchange, based in KTM Nepal.

It offers selected online courses and field-research resources focused on the Himalayan region current development priorities, as well as specializes into curriculum development in selected research niches, through practical and theoretical knowledge in building : Applied Psychology to Counselling, HRD/HRM Capacity Building, Humanitarian Intervention, Clinical Anthropology, Prospective Health Anthropology and Tibetan Traditional Healing Psychotherapy.

All Options, from Postgraduate Foundation Courses up to Doctorate Thesis are certified as ECTS/ECDL personal research projects, defined within a  flexible menu. Cairn options are organized from highly selected academic and NGO resources, based in Nepal,  India, Tibet TAR China, Canada, USA, UK and EU.

Cairn Professional Doctorate is a personalized development research program only and is always offered one-on-one by appointment.








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The key features of Cairn Postgraduate and Doctorate degrees are:

a- the titles are different from MSc or PhD – they directly refer to a particular field-expertise or profession, for which credits are being gained by applicants who submit a personal project for a Professional Postgraduate or Professional Doctorate Thesis in areas of their previous professional experience or renewed interest, such as: EdD (education), DBA (business management) , DHA (health anthropology) , DEC (education counselling) and other open disciplines certification.

b- these are designed for experienced professionals who want to do 
a PhD part-time while remaining at work and who want to proceed 
through a personalized accumulation of credits certificates.

c- their aim is to make an original contribution to professional
knowledge and professional practice through a Thesis. 

d- they are studied in the work-place on an actual problem occurring 
in the local community, as well as allow short intensive Summer and
Winter Campus organized in the UK, Canada or EU (min 3 weeks, max 3 months) and, of course, Cultural Immersion  Field-studies in Nepal/S-Asia.

e- they naturally involve action research and stepwise ethnographic
investigation, from which (consensual diagnosis) a problem is identified, 
an intervention project designed is initiated, some possible solutions are
devised and implemented. The joint-supervision allows effectiveness 
to be monitored by experts in the field, so as to comply with 
Nepal, EU, UK and Canada academic requirements.

f- as there is a significant conceptual, methodological and know-how
taught component in each individual project, material and references
are brought online. This allows the development of knowledge in a most
flexible and cost-effective manner in-situ, provides a focus-group cohort
identity, allow the teaching of research methods, propose the provision 
of extended open menu of related subject training, allows an easy online
sharing of experience and methodologies through forum, and encourage 
de visu (face-to-face) collective debate on common issues, experiences 
and relevance of each research topic through focused Seminars in
the specific profession or training involved. 

Cultural Immersion and Field-studies

CAIRN also promotes non-credits cultural immersion tours cum  experientials field-studies in clinical anthropology, ethno-medicine and counselling intervention research organized for EU scholars and professionals in Nepal, India and the Himalayan region. 
CAIRN(Nepal) Cultural Immersion and Field-studies for EU scholars  being interested in the Himalayan region, S-Asia and Nepal equation, may focus on current Euro-Asian geo-political issues, including the history, hermeneutics and representations prevailing upon local paradigm.
Finally, CAIRN(Nepal) also provides resources online and consultancy to local schools, NGOs and SMEs (Small and Medium Entreprises).

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 Professional Doctorate Thesis

This web page provides information on CAIRN Professional Doctorate in Health Anthropology, Tibetan Tsa-rLung Applied Psychology, Tibetan Ayurvedic Medicine, Counselling and Musico/Energotherapy, including Cairn Consortium, Units, cultural immersion options, duration, fees and application details.  Cairn Consortium EU-NGO legal structure for international academic partnership is also available upon request.


Combining teaching and research to the highest standard

The ‘taught' component of the Professional Doctorate will comprise a broad research training, taught at Masters level, to enable participants to employ different research design and implementation techniques in their chosen area of professional interest. There will be a further online ‘taught' component (assessed at the Doctoral-level), which reviews issues of professional relevance and interest to all high level practitioners. During this time preparatory work will commence for the research component (which will also be at the D-level). The research component will enable the participant to work individually, on a research topic (or cluster of related topics) of relevance to their professional role.


Flexible delivery for professionals

The programme is designed to support individual learning, driven by a learning needs analysis and personal development plan (PDP), with the learner identifying learning needs and satisfying these needs through a variety of different resources.

The programme will be delivered in a flexible way to reflect the learning needs of practising professionals who will be studying on a part time basis and who will be conducting a significant proportion of the work contributing to this degree in their work environment. Typically the ‘taught ' units will delivered by a combination of work-based learning (drawing on the latest available practice-based evidence), web based distance learning with online discussion and support, and research ‘conferences' either face to face at Bath or via an e-learning discussion board. The ‘ research and thesis ' element of the programme will be supervised by a panel of specialists comprising an academic member of staff of the University (to ensure that the work is of a sufficient standard to attain the award of PD) and one or a number of practice-based specialists will co-supervise this work.

In addition, previous learning experience and credits obtained from elsewhere will be recognised and accredited, in line with the University's current practice, as part of the admissions criteria for the programme.


Who can apply?

Applicants must propose a  Doctorate Thesis / Research Project :

Minimum prerequisites for participation are a BA level, or 3 years minimum 
professional involvement in a related NGOs or SMEs field of activities. 

Applicants need to apply on basis of drafting a personal project proposal,
and may gain, when necessary, a Postgraduate Study ECTS/ECDL Foundation Courses Certificate (1 year duration : 60 credits) and/or Diploma (3 years duration : 180 credits) Accreditation. They may also choose to attend ECTS credits certified Undergraduate level Short Courses.

This scheme includes courses options which may be attended either at the CAIRN/SXC in Nepal (first semester Cultural Immersion Preparatory modules) and/or further in the UK, EU or Canada as Foundation Courses.

Cairn Professional Doctorate is open to a wide range of  professionals, who have an active interest in practice based research and professional practice issues. International students looking for a taught doctorate experience in health may also apply.


How long does the Professional Doctorate take to complete?

Students will be able to complete the Professional Doctorate in three years integrated study. However, there is flexibility to enable professionals to fit their study around their busy working lives. Previous learning experience and credits gained from academic awards may be taken into account to reduce the length of time required to complete the Doctorate.





Cairn High Education Counselling

In order to facilitate the access in KTM / Nepal, in Canada and in Europe/UK to relevant Himalayan and Tibetan Vajrayana quality training resources for ECTS/ECDL credits Postgraduate and Doctorale Thesis Research certification, Cairn has organized the ongoing  Foundation Courses and Thesis Research Options  into an open menu curriculum based upon a stepwise culturally appropriate approach being the chronological succession of three (3) LEVELS of experiential research & learning , within five (5) specific AREAS  of experiential cultural immersion research activities.

More details are provided, with information and advice on any academic (and/or  non-academic)  concerns for preparing your file for registration and study visa for Postgraduate Research Foundation Courses organized in Canada, UK- Wales and the EU, either during face to face interviews in situ, or online. Please read the following pages and/or contact us for more details.

CAIRN Counselling Services provides advice and counselling on academic matters, including immigration advice and services, useful for Nepalese Mature Students (Postgraduate Personal Project Part-time Options) wishing to study in the EU, Canada or Wales UK. We support all students regardless of nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual preference or status. We operate CAIRN Education Counselling Services administration both by email and face-to-face Interviews appointments. We encourage all prospective students to kindly email us thereupon, at CAIRN EU-NGO HQ address:


Ethics & Methodology

Advice is offered without discrimination. Our services operate according to the EU, UK and Canada Code of Ethics for those advising international students. Our International Student Advisory Service meets the strict rules and standards of the Immigration Services of Canada, USA, the UK, Belgium and EU Official Visa Sections (Consulates or Embassies) in Nepal.

CAIRN operates as a confidential Education Counselling Service for professional and personal project oriented coaching to any prospective student or trainee, from the start of your project’s first Biodata interview up to its final implementation. This serves the general purpose of both clearing the academic accreditation file and provide necessary International Students advisory board screening information to applicants, including on the difficult issues such as visas, file administration and e-learning support options.

Cairn Counselling Services (EU-NGO) is a personalized projects academic exchange program, with cultural immersion options, e-learning and communication gateway for Asian and Western postgraduate researchers and professional continuous education trainees (mature students). It offers an open menu of options of selected online courses and field-research resources, focused on the one side on Asian LDCs development priorities. Cairn Academic Coaching  is offered one-on-one by appointment only. Cairn Euro-Asian Network increases opportunities for internships, field-research and online studies within an international dimension and selected international experts.


 Foundation Courses & Professional Doctorate  

CAIRN Foundation Courses degrees and Professional Doctorate Thesis are based on the Canada, UK and EU directives governing Professional Doctorate / Adult Continous Education / Open Learning credits, gained by participants presenting a Doctorate Thesis project, which conceptual, experiential and methodological requirements are achieved through a flexible accumulation of ECTS/ECDL credits in the fields of ICT- Arts&Therapy and Humanities Field-Studies.

Suitable experienced candidates can be admitted for a Professional Doctorate Thesis in subjects, such as:  International Education Exchange, Education Marketing and Promotion Strategy, Himalayan Region Prospectives, the use of e-learning Video Multimedia Database, Humanitarian Assistance, Nepal Post- development political issues, Field-studies in Philosophy, Traditional Health, Tibetan Medicine, Ethno-medicine, Clinical Anthropology and/or Shamanism.

Links to local NGOs, THWs, PHCs or Gompas involved in traditional health praxis, including CHOWs training, will be particularly encouraged.

Cairn organizes Professional  Doctorate Thesis (ECTS/ECDL) from current the opportunity provided by both the Canada Recommendations and the Directives for EU Continuous Education (Professional Training), with training content  based on applicants previous professional experience or renewed interest.

Cairn  International  Studies will improve the Asian and European students' ability to work in an increasingly globalized environment in the Western world and emerging economies of Asia. The goal is to prepare students and trainees for international tasks, promote interactive and communicative skills and encourage an open and receptive attitude towards cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Cairn Euro-Asian Network increases opportunities for internships, field-research and online studies within an international dimension and selected international experts. 


Cross-Cultural Immersion

CAIRN Cross-Cultural Awareness stresses that for a cross-cultural training to be effective as an enhancement for international development organization, it must deal with several complexities in the learning process, including that of providing flexible options for genuine Projects-based Cultural Immersion.


Professional Continuing Education

Options are offered in 2006-07 from partners based in Nepal, India, Canada, USA, South of France, Belgium, Italy and UK- Wales.

Certificates are designed primarily for continuing professional development and are typically offered in partnership with CAIRN selected faculties, INGOs, professional associations, or private sector organizations, in order to meet the challenge of Asian prospective relations with the West, as well as S-Asian community needs.

CAIRN wants to provide a warm and detailed welcome to all new prospective trainees and students. Our Network extends its current resources and activities from specific curricula based options branches being in UK (London and Swansea/Wales), Belgium (UCL/LLN), France (Nice), Italy, Canada, USA, Nepal, India and China. Cairn network facilities are substantial enough to present excellent project expertise answers to your needs, as well as are small enough to focus with insights to your personal project, within a friendly group and professional training community.







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