Bhutan Institute of Himalayan Studies (BIHS) was envisioned and established in 2016 to provide a rich platform for professional education and development that is impactful, practical, needs-based and focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness, alleviating unemployment, and building interdisciplinary skills in current and future conservation and sustainable development professionals working across the Himalayan region.
BIHS is established to provide professional development, research, and education opportunities for both national and international. We would provide an outstanding avenue for researchers, policy makers, and students to development individual capacity to churn up solutions for some of the most pressing challenges in professionalism. The institute aims to slowly capture into a global center for practical knowledge especially for the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region with research and education focusing on biodiversity conservation, water, food security and livelihoods, culture and tradition, climate change nexus, etc. It will provide researchers, trainee, and trainers a forum to understand this rather complex nexus in the wake for 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
To put BIHS into alliance actions, we are currently exploring potential collaborations with universities, institutions, and research of high repute internationally. Such collaborations are specifically to:
- Provide education opportunities for international students
- Provide opportunities for expat faculty to spend time in Bhutan and conduct research to enrich knowledge and guide policy makers in the region
- Provide research facilities and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate researches
- Source experts to co-tech professional development course such as Nature Guiding, Evaluation and Assessment, Monitoring, Forest Fire Management, etc.
The institute will strengthen the professional skills and provide career prospective learning with professional development courses led by technical experts both from national and international. The courses are developed with global prospects with the guidance and expertise from professional bodies and organizations globally.
The institute will explore to train government, and non-government personnel, researchers, students to carry out field studies at Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Himalayan region is enriched by diversity of cultures, ecosystem and biodiversity, ethnic groups, and traditional knowledge systems. Additionally, the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region is a hotspot for climate change and impacts which rampant different researches on the climate changes. Focusing on the current challenges and needs within Bhutan and outside, the establishment of institute will engage transnational space for research and academic in the field exploring Himalayan regions venturing importance of hidden treasures. The location of the institute in the heart of Himalayan region has high potential to create academic approaches in the field of conservation and environmental studies based on the field approaches. Therefore, we aim to create and facilitate in comprehensive study that explores our students in field of Himalayan studies recognizing importance of ecological, social and livelihood in the Human Dominated landscapes, religion and culture.