The Royal Academy

Background:

The Royal Academy is a visionary initiative of His Majesty The King that is being developed as an enduring tribute to the unparalleled leadership and the rich legacy of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The establishment of the Academy is a testament to His Majesty The King’s recognition of the critical role of education in enriching the lives of our people and society; nurturing successive generations of leaders; narrowing emerging economic and social disparities; and building a strong, secure and prosperous nation.

The Royal Academy will strengthen and streamline His Majesty’s  initiatives in education. The Gyalpoi Tozay scheme currently provides full support to 3,438 students from the most economically vulnerable families in schools and colleges across Bhutan. Furthermore, under the Kidu Scholarship program, 237 students have received support to pursue higher education abroad in eight different countries. These Royal initiatives have enabled children from the most humble backgrounds to continue their education, realize their full potential and pursue academic excellence.

Philosophy:

The guiding philosophy of the Royal Academy focuses on the holistic development of individuals to help them actualise their innate potential across all areas of development— cerebral, physical, social, emotional and spiritual, and enables each individual to become exceptional leaders and good human beings. Emphasis is given not only to high academic achievement but also to development of character that fosters fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, teamwork, generosity and compassion towards others. Through this approach, the Royal Academy will promote a culture of excellence in all aspects of student life.

Vision:

“…we must always remember that as our country, in these changing times finds immense new challenges and opportunities, whatever work we do, whatever goals we have …The future is neither unseen nor unknown. It is what we make of it. What work we do with our two hands today will shape the future of our nation. Our children’s tomorrow has to be created by us today.”

Coronation Address of His Majesty the King, 7th November, 2008

The Royal Academy draws its vision from His Majesty the King of Bhutan who always emphasizes the importance of education. In line with the vision, the Royal Academy will strengthen and streamline His Majesty’s initiatives in education and provide full support to meritorious students from the most economically vulnerable backgrounds. These students will form approximately 60% of the student body of the school at the Royal Academy.

The Royal Academy aspires to stand out as a center of excellence – one that leads in thought and creates new standards in education worldwide. All efforts will be made to develop the Royal Academy into a leading Bhutanese institution drawing inspiration from Bhutan’s history, traditions, and values while at the same time striving for excellence at the international level through the promotion of a global outlook.