It was a motivational morning for researchers from various colleges of Royal University of Bhutan to listen to Dr. Dorji Thinley, President of the Paro College of Education (PCE), who kicked off the training on ‘Communicating Research’ by stating the importance of ‘voice of academia’ to support policy development and lead to improved and good practices in the country.
He also expressed that the important component of the research is to ask questions. He said, “A new knowledge can be constructed if you are able to ask interesting questions”. He further emphasized on the importance of the culture of writing particularly the writing proposals to secure research grants.
This was followed by a session on communicating strategy-why and how to communicate your research by Dorji Wangchuk, a communication researcher with the University of Macau. He then ran through the process of writing catchy and newsworthy media releases of the research work. He also encouraged the participants to not give in to the fear of criticism.
As part of the group work, participants were asked to draft media releases from the completed research work. In the afternoon, there was a keynote address by Dasho Sangay Khandu, former Member of Parliament, National Council, on research and how it affects decision making processes in the Parliament. Dasho stated that academicians should be able to provide objective views to a national concern. He said the results should have the accessibility of language, accessibility of medium and accessibility of user-friendly format.
The workshop is for 3 days and is being held at the Gedu College of Business Studies from 18th -20th February 2019. Participants are introduced to research communication tools such as media releases, policy briefs and academic blogging.