The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) is responsible for planning, curriculum development and administration of the twelve tertiary institutions (including Samste and Paro colleges) responsible for the provision of public education after class XII (see: http://goo.gl/QeGsgz). The total number of students pursuing various courses in all tertiary institutions within Bhutan is 11,089 as of 2014. Samtse College of Education (SCoE) was founded as the first Teacher Training Institute (TTI) in the country in 1968 by the third king of Bhutan on 29th May. The college is specialized in secondary and tertiary teacher education beside counselling, laboratory and library management programmes. There are four Full-Time programmes and five Part-Time programmes. The four Full-time programmes are: B. Ed. Secondary (Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Physics); B. Ed. Primary; Postgraduate Diploma in Education; and Postgraduate diploma in Guidance and Counselling. The five Part-time programmes are: Postgraduate diploma in Guidance and Counselling for school counsellors; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education for the University faculty; Diploma in Laboratory Management for laboratory assistants; and Diploma in Library Science and Management for library assistants. There are 940 students enrolled for various programmes. The students are supported through Virtual Learning Environment, beside face-to-face interactions. As the time is changing with rapid development in technology, the delivery of programmes demand new approaches to cater diverse learners. The blended learning is a solution to cater to wide range of learners and connect the teachers, learners and community. The blended learning is partially practiced with our Full-Time and Part-Time students. It need pace and time to create an effective blended learning atmosphere. As Bhutanese saying goes, ‘we need two hands to clap.’ Similarly for effective blended learning, both teachers and students need technical and professional training. As a result of implementing the STEM education project, there is scope of enhancing human resource development and identifying the best blended learning model for Bhutan. The project will benefits the overall development of education scenario in Bhutan. There is a capacity of application of new learning from the project in our up-coming Postgraduate programmes especially M.Ed in Biology, M.Ed in Chemistry, M.Ed in Physics and M.Ed in Mathematics, and many more in-line by 2020.
Paro College of Education (PCE) is a constituent college of the Royal University of Bhutan. It began as a Teacher Training Centre for pre-school care, which was formally inaugurated on 4th November 1975 with 8 female trainees and a demonstration school at the Rinpung campus.
The new Academic Campus at Nangkha was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wanghcuk on 18th November, 1999. Currently PCE has about 1000 pre-service and about 400 in-service students