The Royal Thimphu College and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, 5 May, 2016. This partnership will provide a total of 6 scholarships each year under two categories - 2 full and 4 partial - will be provided for the 3 year BSc in Environmental Management programme at RTC. One of the full scholarships will be awarded under the Late Mingma Norbu Sherpa memorial scholarship fund.
WWF believes that investing in training and education is critical for biodiversity conservation. Thus, for over two decades, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and train local communities in WWF priority places.
Started in 1994 to honour the late Russell E. Train, founder, president, and chairman of the board of WWF. Russell E. Train was founder and chairman emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund.
Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Considering that Bhutan has rich biodiversity and strong conservation priorities, it is critical to encourage the youth of Bhutan who will play an important role in taking the country’s conservation efforts to greater heights. The WWF - Russell E. Train EFN Programme has come at a right time to provide the WWF Train Legacy Scholarships to nurture and train young Bhutanese.
Awardees (left to right) - Wesal Bidha, Dechen Tshomo, Sonam Yangchen, Sagar Basnet, Nima Khandu and Pem Dorji Tamang