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Project Overview


Project Title

Qualitative Research in Higher Education Teaching APProaches for sustainabilitY and well-being in Bhutan






Overall Aim

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.


Specific Objectives

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.


Project Number



Grant Awarded (Euros)



Project Period

2021 to 2024


Project Website



HAPPY Project Partners

Partner InstitutionCountryCity
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam
Leiden University Netherlands Leiden
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
Sherubtse College Bhutan Tashigang
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

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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.


Kencho Pelzom

   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.


Tashi Dorji

   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.


   Ms. Vanlallawmkimi

  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.