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  1. Bhutan • Landlocked between India and China • Area: 38,394 sq km • Population: 646,851 (2006) • Total enrolment in educational institutes: 1,69,776 (2006) • Life expectancy at birth:66.25 (2006) • Economy: Subsistence Agriculture • Youngest Democracy • One University – Royal University of Bhutan

  2. RIM ILCS NITM CNR RIHS SC University Office PCE GCBS JNP SCE CST Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) - established in 2002 - currently has eleven member Colleges offering UG courses RTC (pvt)

  3. College of Science and Technology (CST) • Located in the south – Phuentsholing the gateway to Bhutan from India • Upgraded to a degree institute in 2001 • Offers three programmes – BE Civil, BE Electrical, BE Electronics and Communications • IT will be started in 2010 • Demand for Architecture and Urban Planning, Renewable/Sustainable Energy Resources • Faculty is a big concern

  4. Expectations from the project • Faculty Capacity Building • Encourage Faculty/Student Exchange • Learn from the partner Universities and their best practices • Build networks and long-term relationships • Foster a learning community through interactions with the outside world

  5. Conclusion • Bhutan aspires to become a knowledge-based society • The political vision and will exist to make Bhutan a place for world class IT parks, international financial centre • Royal University of Bhutan is a fledgling organization but is mandated to equip its students with the right knowledge and tools • Biggest challenge facing RUB at the moment is building its faculty • Many are fresh UG who have to be sent for higher studies • Research capacity needs to be strengthened