MOU CollegeHon'ble Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dasho Karma Yeshey, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan, Dasho Nidup Dorji and the Proponent of Kuen-Gaa Group of Companies Private Limited, Ms. Kinlay Peldon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of Norbuling Rigter College under Dotey Gewog in Paro on 26th July 2017.

The 11th Meeting of the Tertiary Education Board held on June 29, 2017 accorded final approval for upgrading Kuengaa Higher Secondary School at Dotey in Paro to a College for the commencement in 2017 academic year. The Board underscored the need to sign the MoU to ensure quality of the College and also for smooth monitoring purposes.

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.