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High profile delegation from Bhutan visits City to discuss higher education in the UK

Senior government officials met with leading academics at City University London

nullThe Chief Justice of Bhutan led a delegation of senior government officials on a recent visit to City University London. The meeting formed part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sponsored trip to London.

Bhutan's Chief Justice, Judge Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye was accompanied by Supreme Court Justice, Judge Dasho Tshering Wangchuk and the Director of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, Judge Dasho Pema Wangchuk. The Honourable Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Ms Aum Sangay Zam was joined by Mr Dasho Ugyen Tshechup Dorji, President of The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI).

The party toured City's School of Journalism, Cass Business School and The City Law School. Presentations were given to the delegation about the courses available, the facilities on offer and the methods of education used.

Chief Justice of Bhutan, Judge Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye commented:

"This was an excellent opportunity to visit an interdisciplinary University with a high academic reputation. It was particularly important for us to see how a world class law school approaches education and research. The insight and knowledge gained from the visit will inform our approach as we seek to establish a College of Law in Bhutan."

Members of the delegation were very interested to learn about aspects of the development of the UK legal profession. His Honour Judge Donald Cryan was instrumental in arranging the visit to City and meetings with the Bar Council and the Judicial College. Judge Cryan received an honorary degree from City in 2012 in recognition of his services to the legal profession.

The delegation's visit to City was hosted by Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) and Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School. Professor Steve Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School and Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism, also attended.

Professor Arcoumanis said it was extremely valuable: "It was a pleasure for us to welcome such an esteemed group to City. We are always willing to exchange our knowledge and experience of higher education and research with international visitors".

The Chief Justice of Bhutan joined Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London and Judge Cryan for the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Banquet at Mansion House on Monday 11th February.

Summing up the visit, Judge Cryan commented: "The visit was a good opportunity for UK higher education, and City University London in particular, to enhance its high international reputation. I look forward to further co-operation between City and our friends in Bhutan".

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