Royal University of Bhutan
|Chancellor||His Majesty The King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dasho Nidup Dorji|
The Royal University of Bhutan (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་འཛིན་གཙུག་ལག་སློབ་སྡེ་; Wylie: 'brug rgyal-'dzin gtsug-lag-slob-sde), founded on June 2, 2003 by a royal decree, is the national university system of Bhutan.
The university was established to consolidate the management of tertiary education in Bhutan. It is a decentralized university with eight constituent colleges and one affiliated college spread across the kingdom. The principle which influenced the development of a university system was the government's priority for equitable development. The colleges of the University are:
- College of Natural Resources (CNR) in Lobesa, Punakha
- College of Science and Technology (CST) in Rinchhending, Phuntsholing
- Gaeddu College of Business Studies (GCBS) in Gedu, Chukha
- College of Language and Culture Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa. The institute is slated to expand to 500+ students and move to Taktse in Trongsa dzongkhag. A primary task of CLCS is to preserve and promote Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan.
- Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) in Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar
- Paro College of Education (PCE) in Paro
- Royal Thimphu College (RTC) in Ngabiphu, Thimphu (Affiliated college) 
- Samtse College of Education (SCE) in Samtse
- Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Trashigang
The university maintains a connection with other universities which include the University of New Brunswick in Canada, Naropa University and the School for International Training in the United States, the University of Salzburg in Austria, the University of Delhi in India, etc. in the areas of student exchange and internship programs for students and faculty.
Based on the distributed model with campuses of the colleges forming the core element of the university, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at the center is responsible for central coordination while the constituent member colleges look after academic functions of teaching and research within its college. Located at Mothithang, Thimphu, the Office of the Vice Chancellor consists of the departments of Registry, Academic Affairs, Planning and Resources, and Research and External Relations.
The twofold objective of the university as stated in the Royal Charter (RUB 2003, p. 3) is to develop and provide programmes of study at tertiary education level, of relevance and good quality which will fulfill the needs of the country for an educated and skilled population; and to promote and conduct research, to contribute to the creation of knowledge in an international context and to promote the transfer of knowledge of relevance to Bhutan.
The Royal University of Bhutan offers programmes across its campuses in eight broad curriculum areas. These include:
- teacher education,
- business and management,
- engineering and physical sciences,
- computing and information science,
- biological sciences and agriculture,
- health sciences,
- humanities and social sciences,
- Dzongkha language and literature.
There are plans to include programmes in arts and design, media and Mass communication, Bhutanese history and culture, Gross National Happiness, counseling and Buddhist studies in the colleges.
Most programmes are full-time, although the two colleges of education, Sherubtse College, and the Institute of Language and Culture Studies offer part-time and distance education programmes. Some programmes offered at Sherubtse College provide their students with freedom to cross departmental boundaries with double degree programmes.
The university offers diploma, degree, and honours degree courses of study.
The diploma programme consists of 240 credits out of which at least 100 credits are at second year degree level. The programme usually takes over two years of full-time study, or more, if it consists of more than 120 credits.
The diploma may be an interim award in a degree programme, in which case the programme aims to prepare diploma graduates for employment as well as to prepare them to progress to the award of a degree. The Diploma may also be an award for an entirely free standing programme unrelated to a degree programme, in which case the Programme aims at every specific employment or skills based target.
The degree programme consists of 360 credits, out of which at least 90 shall be at third year level. The degree programme usually takes over three years of full-time study, or more, if it consists of more than 360 credits.
The Honours degree will supplement and develop the subject matter learnt from the Degree to a higher level. It includes a project, emphasizes students’ self study and prepares the students for postgraduate study. The Honours degree consists of 480 credits, out of which at least 90 credits are at fourth year level. The Honours degree will usually take over four years of full-time study, with the inclusion of the Degree programme of 360 credits included.
Students across the colleges have opportunities to partake in activities from study of their programmes and community service to a range of extracurricular activities.
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- "Member Colleges". Royal University of Bhutan. Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
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- "College of Science and Technology". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Gaeddu College of Business Studies". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "College of Language and Culture Studies". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic". Archived from the original on July 31, 2010.
- "Paro College of Education". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Royal Thimphu College". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- "Samtse College of Education". Archived from the original on July 16, 2010.
- "Sherubtse College". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Royal University of Bhutan". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "A Cyber Joint for Royal University of Bhutan Alumni". Retrieved 2011-03-25.