Under the guidance and direction of the Council, the Secretariat with support from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) trained five pioneer accreditors in June 2015 and facilitated pilot accreditation of Gaedu College of Business Studies (GCBS) and Royal Thimphu College (RTC) in 2015.

Following the pilot accreditation, the Secretariat successfully facilitated accreditation of GCBS from 23-26th May & the RTC from June 1-4, 2016. As desired by the Council, it has also facilitated provisional accreditation of Reldri Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) from 18-21st April, 2016. 

Tertiary Education Database and DAHE website launchedThe Higher Education Planning Division (HEPD) under the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE), Ministry of Education, has developed a website and Tertiary Education Statistics System (TESS) with information on tertiary education institutes (TEIs) in Bhutan. These initiatives were officially launched today by the Hon'ble Secretary, Dasho Karma Yeshey.

The Hon'ble Secretary stated that such an initiative would help make it easier to take the development of tertiary education in Bhutan to the next level.

HEPD collects tertiary education data annually on TEIs, and makes compiled reports available to stakeholders and the general public in “State of Tertiary Education” reports. In order to provide comprehensive data on TEIs readily available to the public, the HEPD developed TESS, a database system with a web-based informational interface that the public can refer to for official information on the nation’s TEIs, which includes all tertiary diploma-granting institutes and degree colleges. The new system aims to make it easy to manage, retrieve, and update TEI data, as well as generate compiled reports on TEIs that would be useful for government decision makers and other stakeholders.

image 5The Ministry of Education renews MOU with General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Sri Lanka on 31st March 2017 for the admission of Bhutanese students to study medicine. Annually KDU will admit between 5 to 15 Bhutanese students for MBBS and 5 to 10 students for other paramedical and engineering programmes at KDU. Welcoming the delegates to Bhutan, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk expressed his appreciation and gratitude to KDU for the opportunity given to Bhutanese students to pursue medicine which is of critical need to Bhutan.