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Class 12 students will have more options, both in terms of seats and courses, to pursue college education within the country in 2008.

The Jigme Singye Wangchuck College of Business Studies in Gedu (Gaeddu College) will start next year offering courses in business and Sherubtse college in Kanglung will offer more seats and courses for arts and science students.

Sherubtse College
The Sherubtse College is member of the national university system in Bhutan.It is located in Kanglung, Trashigang.
Gaeddu College of Business Studies
The Gaeddu College of Business Studies is member of the national university system in Bhutan. It is located in Gedu town.

The university system includes 10 member colleges:

College of Science and Technology
Gaeddu College of Business Studies
Samtse College of Education
Paro College of Education
Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic
College of Natural Resources
Sherubtse College
Institute of Language and Culture Studies
National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Royal Institute of Health Sciences
"The college in Gedu will offer courses in business administration (BBA) and commerce (B.Com) to 480 students," according to the vice chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) Dasho Zangley Drukpa. "The business courses in Sherubtse would be moved to the business college in Gedu and create additional seats and courses in Sherubtse."

The RUB vice chancellor said that the first year and second year business students of Sherubtse will be transferred to the Gedu College and Sherubtse will take in around 600 to 700 students more arts and science students. "Sherubtse will have a curriculum focused on science, computer science, arts and humanity," he said.

Sonam Peldon, a science student welcomed the news. "I think it is good news for all of us nearing college education."

The second college will be housed in the Tala Hydropower Project Authority's (THPA) main office and other residential buildings in Gedu. According to the vice chancellor, RUB and the department of education have had series of meeting with THPA since August 2005 to work out a timeline for the handing-taking over of the infrastructure.

"The government has also provided Nu.130 million for creation of additional facilities such as a dining hall, play ground, labs, library and to remodel the offices in to classrooms," he said. "Everything will be ready next year."

Bhutan will also have its first private college in 2009. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), Department of Education and the promoter, Her Royal Highness Ashi Kezang Wangmo Wangchuck on May 11 in Thimphu.

"RUB is expanding but there is a need for private participation," said the vice chancellor. "RUB is under a lot of pressure to increase its intake and the number of students graduating high school is increasing every year."

The first private college will accommodate around 300 students the first year offering courses in Arts, Commerce, Business and Information Technology said the vice chancellor.

The college will be established in Nagbephu, under Chang gewog in Thimphu. It will be located about 10 kilometres from the capital city. The construction will begin in July this year and the college is expected to be operational by July 2009.

According to the vice chancellor, they had received applications and detailed project proposals from three to four promoters.

Kuensel talked to a number of class 12 students who said that having a private college in the country would be convenient in a lot of ways. "We would rather study inside the country if quality education is maintained, facilities are okay and the teachers are good," said one student.

Source: Contributed by Phuntsho Choden, KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper, May 2007

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