Staff Reporter

Bhutan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Doma Tshering and representatives from Cornell University exchanged letters yesterday establishing the King’s Scholarships at Cornell University.

Cornell University was represented by the Vice Provost of Enrollment, Jonathan Burdick and Vice Provost for International Affairs of Cornell University. Ambassador Doma Tshering represented the Royal Civil Service Commission.

The King’s Scholarship will be awarded to two undergraduate students from Bhutan admitted to Cornell University in the fields of Applied Economics and Management in the Dyson School in the SC Johnson College of Business, and Agricultural Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

A press release from the foreign ministry stated, “The establishment of The King’s Scholarships at Cornell University is inspired by His Majesty The King’s vision of a well-educated, forward-looking society that is ready to meet and seize the opportunities of the 21st century.”

The scholarships advance the government’s commitment to strengthen Bhutan’s human capital and invest in the development of a future pool of leadership within the civil service, it stated.

The signing ceremony took place on August 16 at Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York.

Besides the representatives, attendees at the ceremony included Professor Michael Kotlikoff, Provost, and Fred Van Sickle, Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development of Cornell University.