Kyoto University and Sherubtse College jointly organised the 42nd Southeast Asia Seminar on “Health and Rural Development based on the concept of Gross National Happiness” from December 6-12.

A press release from Sherubtse College states the seminar focused on health challenges, agriculture development, and community vitality as a result of rural-urban migration. The seminar was held to provide a platform for participants to exchange ideas and good practices aimed at achieving sustainable livelihood for rural communities.

Secretaries from the education and health ministries and 12 young scholars from South Asian countries including Bhutan attended the seminar.

The five-day seminar opened with day-long session on health and rural development in Japan and Bhutan. The participants visited Gakid village in Thinleygang gewog and Samtengang village in Nysiho gewog to collect data and experience rural life.  The seminar closed with participants presenting their findings during the one-day seminar organised by the College of Natural Resources, Lobesa. 

The Southeast Asia Seminar has been held annually by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies since 1977.

Staff Reporter