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Seminar on ‘Embedding Cultural Heritage Within the Curriculum of the Royal University of Bhutan’

The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) in collaboration with the Department of Culture (DoC, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA), organised a one-of-a-kind seminar linking the University to the Industry.

Set on the theme ‘Embedding Cultural Heritage within the Curriculum of the Royal University of Bhutan,’ the two-day seminar organised in Paro from 20-21st September 2021, brought together 47 participants representing Members of Parliament, Social and Culture Committee, National Assembly of Bhutan; representatives from Paro Dzongkhag led by Dasho Dzongda and Dzongrab; representatives from the 10 Divisions of the DoC led by the Director; Registry Department, RUB; Department of Academic Affairs, RUB; and, 6 Constituent and 1 Affiliate colleges of the RUB, led by the Vice Chancellor.

Initiated and organised between the two departments, the Department of Research and External Relations (DRER), RUB, and the DoC, MoHCA, the initiative was to identify potentials of collaboration between RUB and DoC in the following areas:

  • enhance RUB curriculum with aspects of Cultural Heritage to make it relevant to Bhutanese context,
  • joint research and publication,
  • joint workshop and seminars,
  • hands on experience through internship and on-the-job trainings, and
  • sharing use of equipment and resources to give enhanced experience to the students and lecturers alike.

The Seminar was graced by Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan, where the Guest of Honour highlighted the significance and timeliness of such an event and how it was exemplary and ‘groundbreaking’ for a University to collaborate with relevant institutions. The Vice Chancellor also remarked on the need to bridge theory and practice in the existing programmes of RUB.