Qualitative Research in Higher Education Teaching APProaches for sustainabilitY and well-being in Bhutan
Improving qualitative research methodology (QRM) by introducing new pedagogical approaches to contribute to sustainable development at the level of state, civil society, business, and local communities, in dealing with rapid social change, cultural preservation and promotion, and climate change.
1. Sensitize HEI executive management, academic leadership and staff, and societal stakeholders regarding the potential contribution of QRM to academic research, education and sustainable development.
2. Enhance the capacity of HE faculty (academic staff) in Qualitative Research Methodology (QRM) for improved research, education, and consultancy services through the training of teachers (ToT).
3. Enriching, re-designing, aligning, and implementing curricula and supervision with QRM to deliver employable graduates with increased transversal competencies able to address the needs of the labor market and society at large.
4. Disseminate added value of the use of QRM data to the multi-level stakeholders to stimulate sustainable development.
Grant Awarded (Euros)
2021 to 2024
HAPPY Project Partners
|Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||Netherlands||Amsterdam|
|University of Ljubljana (UL)||Slovenia||Ljubljana|
|Institute of Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana (IRL UL)||Slovenia||Ljubljana|
|Royal Thimphu College||Bhutan||Thimphu|
|Norbu Rigter College (NRC)||Bhutan||Paro|
|College of Language and Culture Studies (CLCS)||Bhutan||Trongsa|
|Office of the Vice Chancellor||Bhutan||Thimphu|
Contact (Project Coordinator)
Overall Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Bhutanese Coordinator: Royal Thimphu College
Contact (RTC Partner)
International Relations Office (IRO)
Royal Thimphu College
Project Team Members
Dr. Samir Patel
Samir is the Dean of Development and External Relations Department (DERD) and he is the Bhutanese Project Manager for HAPPY.
Ms. Kencho Pelzom
Kencho is the International Relations Manager and she is the Assistant Project Manager for HAPPY.
Ms. Jamyang Choden
Jamyang is the Assistant International Relations Officer and she is the project coordinator for HAPPY.
Mr. Tashi Dorji
Tashi is the Assistant Finance Officer, and he is the Project Finance Focal for HAPPY.
Dr. Dolma Choden Roder
Dolma is an associate professor of anthropology with experience in teaching qualitative research methods to undergraduate students. She is a core member of HAPPY.
Kimi is an Associate Professor of Humanities in Bhutan with experience in teaching qualitative research methods to undergraduate students. She is a core member of HAPPY.