Sherubtse College

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Sherubtse College
Type Government College
Established 1966 (1966)
President Tshering Wangdi
Students 1700
Location Kanglung, Trashigang, Bhutan
27°17′14″N 91°31′25″E / 27.2871°N 91.5237°E / 27.2871; 91.5237Coordinates: 27°17′14″N 91°31′25″E / 27.2871°N 91.5237°E / 27.2871; 91.5237
Campus Urban

Sherubtse College was the first accredited college in Bhutan, founded in 1966 by a group of Jesuits under the leadership of William Mackey.

As of 2003, it became part of the newly created Royal University of Bhutan system that comprises all public post-secondary schools in Bhutan.

Sherubtse College is located in Kanglung in the district of Trashigang in east Bhutan. The college campus is spread over a large area. Sherubtse College is only 10 minutes drive from the Yongphula domestic airport.

The Royal Government of Bhutan hires about two-thirds of the Sherubtse graduates while the remainder have to find work in the private sector or working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


Sherubtse College graduates nearly 300 students a year in fields which include economics, business, computer science, Dzongkha, English, geography, and science. Its most significant science department is the department of botany, which benefits from its location amidst the rich biodiversity of the Himalayan regions. Now business studies has been shifted to Gaedu College of Business Studies(GCBS) which is the second government college in Bhutan and is located in Gedu under Chhukha dzongkhag. This new college offers courses like Business Administration and Commerce.

History of the College[edit]

The 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck laid the foundation stone for Sherubtse School in June 1966. The school opened in 1968 with Father William Mackey as principal. In 1976 the school was upgraded to a Junior College with pre-university courses in science. In 1978 the arts and business courses were added.

In July 1983, Sherubtse College became an affiliated college of the Delhi University system in India and Father Gerald E. Leclaire S.J. was the first principal. Several Jesuits of Canadian origin taught English and Science.

In June 2003 the school was combined with 9 other institutes of higher learning to form the Royal University of Bhutan. The departments of business and economics are to be transferred to the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) over the next several years.

In Literature[edit]

"Beyond the Sky and Earth" Jamie Zeppa provides a detailed account of her experiences teaching at Sherubtse College.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]

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