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Honorary Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
20 October 2005
University staff felicitate the Trongsa Penlop after the convocation ceremony
The Trongsa Penlop, His Royal Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton in Canada.

"We will lose everything our parents have achieved if we allow these to take root," said His Royal Highness.

After receiving the award, on October 20, His Royal Highness told the gathering of about 400 graduates and the faculty and students that the award carried important symbolism. "It is a symbol of the goodwill that exists between Bhutan and Canada and a tribute to the dedication and commitment of the many Bhutanese who have studied at this university and returned to Bhutan to work," he said. "It also signifies the university's unwavering commitment in sharing the benefits of the education around the world."

In his address during the convocation the university's president said that the University of New Brunswick was deeply honoured to bestow the Honorary degree on the Crown Prince, signifying the partnership between Bhutan and the university.

Other Honorary Degree recipients include President John F Kennedy, Senator Kennedy, and the late Father William Mackey.

After the convocation ceremony the board of governors of the university hosted a lunch in honour of the Trongsa Penlop whose visit coincided with the 20th anniversary of the university's partnership with Bhutan.

The Trongsa Penlop hosted a dinner for all Bhutanese students. About 60 Bhutanese, mostly educators, have graduated from the University of New Brunswick since 1985. The 33 Bhutanese students at the university were proud and happy guests at the dinner.

During his stay in Canada, from October 18 to 21, the Trongsa Penlop met with the Honourable Bernard Lord, Premier of New Brunswick, speaker of the legislative assembly, minister for justice and attorney general of New Brunswick, and the mayor of the city of Fredericton.

The university president announced the Father Mackey Fellowship of US $ 15,000 a year for Bhutanese senior civil servants and business leaders in any field of graduate studies. The fellowship is for two years.

Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Canada was established in June, 2003.

This article was contributed by Kinley Wangmo, Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper 2005
December 14, 2006
His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuk said that the responsibilities of the Throne would be delegated to the Chhoetse Penlop before 2008. His Royal Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be enthroned as the fifth Druk Gyalpo in 2008.
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