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Title: Convergence of monastic and modern education in Bhutan?
Contributor(s): Denman, Brian  (author)orcid ; Namgyel, Singye (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1007/s11159-008-9085-0
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Abstract: In the 1960s, the Royal Government of Bhutan began developing its modern educational system. Over time, a strategic plan was formulated to meet Education for All and Millennium Development Goals. In 2003, the Royal University of Bhutan, the country's first university, opened its doors. This paper uses comparative analysis to describe and explore the impact on the development of The Royal University of Bhutan of the national consciousness termed 'Gross National Happiness'. It is proposed that the university is likely to become a catalyst for development, and an influential representative of and for a cultural identity. Will it become an elite institution? Will the institution offer formal degrees for all who qualify? It is suggested that the issues considered in Bhutan may be of significance for other new universities attempting to establish themselves in the developing world.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Review of Education, 54(3-4), p. 475-491
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany
ISSN: 0020-8566
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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