Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan (RUB) Vice-Chan­cel­lor vis­ited LPU

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Ja­land­har: Vice-Chan­cel­lor of Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan, Dasho Nidup Dorji vis­ited Lovely Pro­fes­sional Univer­sity to­day. LPU Chan­cel­lor Mr Ashok Mit­tal and Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional affairs Mr Aman Mit­tal greeted Mr Dorji on his maiden visit to the cam­pus. This visit is the most mo­men­tous as His Majesty Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan, is RUB Chan­cel­lor also. Vis­it­ing VC was taken to dif­fer­ent de­part­ments of LPU where he in­ter­acted with hun­dreds of Bhutanese stu­dents study­ing at LPU. Il­lus­tra­tive, near 400 Bhutanese stu­dents from across all re­gions of Bhutan are study­ing at LPU in a wide range of pro­grams. VC Dorji was happy to note that Bhutanese stu­dents en­com­pass great op­por­tu­ni­ties at LPU. Al­most all of stu­dents par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties from study of their pro­grams & com­mu­nity ser­vice to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

This VC visit is in­dica­tive of pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween LPU and RUB in near fu­ture. For col­lab­o­ra­tion var­i­ous de­tailed pro­grams will be chalked out to strengthen higher education sys­tem in Bhutan and mu­tual re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two. The col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams are to in­clude mu­tual fac­ulty ex­change and train­ing of fac­ulty mem­bers of var­i­ous top col­leges in Bhutan. This al­liance will also be in the ar­eas of stu­dent ex­change and in­tern­ship pro­grams for stu­dents and fac­ulty. In fact, RUB also main­tains as­so­ci­a­tion with other univer­si­ties of the world in­clud­ing Univer­sity of New Brunswick in Canada; Naropa Univer­sity & School for In­ter­na­tional Train­ing in the US; Univer­sity of Salzburg in Aus­tria; and oth­ers. LPU, too, has all salient fea­tures of col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams which other in­ter­na­tional univer­si­ties pos­sess.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the in­ter­na­tional level func­tion­ing in all spheres at LPU, VC Dorji also shared RUB work­ing pat­tern and the fur­ther re­quire­ments on th­ese lines. RUB is the na­tional univer­sity sys­tem to man­age ter­tiary education in Bhutan; how­ever, he also shared his con­cern about un­em­ploy­ment as one of the key chal­lenges in education in Bhutan. He in­formed that col­leges un­der RUB are scat­tered all over Bhutan for a pur­pose of fos­ter­ing re­gional and bal­ance eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and the need is great chan­nel­iza­tion. LPU Chan­cel­lor Mr Mit­tal as­sured VC Dorji to be through all thick and thin with RUB for prop­a­ga­tion of re­sults ori­ented qual­ity education on needs.

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