The Education City Project (ECP) is the cornerstone venture of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to develop the country into a knowledge- based society. It is a part of the larger vision of developing the country on the principles of Gross National Happiness (GNH).The development of the education city has been entrusted to Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) through its subsidiary company, DHI INFRA Ltd.
The idea of creating a knowledge hub is based on several unique characteristics of Bhutan like the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), peace, security and political stability, pristine natural environment, proximity to India with huge market potential, green energy and reliable telecommunications, and good governance and vibrant democracy.
The objective of the project is to create a global destination for high quality education. A 1,000-acre area, about 30 minutes drive from the capital city, Thimphu and the international airport in Paro has been identified for the project. The education city will host world-class infrastructure like academic blocks, residential units, cultural and recreational centres, sport centres, health care facilities ect. The education city will serve as an international model for sustainable architecture. The campus will be green and the infrastructure will be developed conforming to traditional Bhutanese architecture.
The ECP is guided by Project Advisory Group (PAG), consisting of eminent members from Bhutan, India, Singapore and Australia. To facilitate the project development in policy, regulatory and coordination areas, an empowered group composed of representatives from key government stakeholders has been formed.
DHI signed the consultancy service contract for the ECP with Ernst & Young Private Limited (E& Y Pvt. Ltd), India on 9th December 2010. E&Y Pvt. Ltd is one of the leading global consultancy firms with a lot of experience in both education sector and strategy development. They are also responsible for many of the thought leadership publications in the sector in India and the region.
- Education City RFP