Canada Offers Scholarships For Students In Bhutan, Aims To Enhance Bilateral Ties
Through the programme starting in the 2020/2021 academic year, scholarship recipients will receive Nu 3,256,029 (about USD 45,600) a year to study post-secondary programmes of up to two years.
By Staff Reporter | Kuensel
As part of the ‘study in Canada scholarships’ programme, the government of Canada has announced new scholarships for students from Bhutan and 17 other countries, according to a press release from Canadian Embassy.
Through the programme starting in the 2020/2021 academic year, scholarship recipients will receive Nu 3,256,029 (about USD 45600) a year to study post-secondary programmes of up to two years.
The press release stated that scholarship recipients will be able to pursue fully funded studies leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, Master’s Degree at a college, technical or vocational institute, or university in Canada.
Bridging ties through education
Canada’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Nadir Patel said Canada is proud to welcome students from Bhutan at institutions of higher learning across the country.
“We value the people-to-people ties, institutional linkages and bilateral cooperation developed through student mobility. I encourage students from Bhutan to apply for these scholarships to pursue the educational program of their choice in Canada.”
Benefits for scholarship recipients
According to the press release, scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to access high-quality programmes across Canada, including hands-on, competency-based learning.
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“Scholarship recipients will also experience numerous other benefits Canada has to offer including outstanding quality of life, safe and vibrant multicultural communities, beautiful outdoor spaces and nature, and access to first-class healthcare,” it stated.
History of Bhutan- Canada co-operation in the education sector
Looking back, Canada and Bhutan’s history of co-operation in the education sector dates back to 1963, when Canadian priest Father William Mackey travelled to Bhutan at the request of the Bhutanese government to establish a secondary school system for the country.
Thereafter, the Jesuits and nuns who came to Bhutan in the 60s and 70s worked to establish a fully Bhutanese school system.
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“Since then, the two countries have worked together on many successful education initiatives including partnerships between Canadian and Bhutanese universities, student exchanges, training and conferences,” the press release stated.
How to get more information
Students can access information on study and research in Canada at the EduCanada or EduCanada official Facebook page, which also offer a three step search tool for post-secondary programmes, visa and study permit information, as well as study cost estimations.
Students can also consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials which maintains a Directory of Universities, Colleges and Schools in the Provinces and Territories of Canada.
This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.