His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the 17th convocation of Royal Institute of Management (RIM) graduates on August 26 in Thimphu.
Addressing the 2011-2013 Graduates, His Majesty the King said “We must be prepared to resolve any problems that we may be faced with immense intelligence and tact, united in our concern and responsibility. With the knowledge and experience you have gained, you must take on the responsibility to serve the country.”
“We are intelligent and capable people, we deeply care for each other and for our country.” His Majesty said.
His Majesty stated that the most important national goals are to protect the country’s sovereignty and security. “We can achieve these by strengthening the rule of law to ensure that the peace and harmony in our country continue to be safeguarded. We also have many things to be proud of. We must never forget the hard work and sacrifice of our ancestors who protected and strengthened the sovereignty and independence of our country and handed to us a peaceful, harmonious nation.”
His Majesty reminded the gathering of the vital responsibility to strengthen democracy which he said is not an end but a process we must nurture in order to fulfill the aspirations of the people and thus achieve the national goals.
“A great advantage we have is that we are a small country, and it is easy for us to carry out many things that other countries cannot, simply because we are only 700,000 people. I always say that it is one thing to love your family, friends and your country and quite another to pursue these dreams in the most intelligent manner.”
His Majesty the King also launched a new course, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) that will commence from 2014.
His Majesty awarded certificates to 211 graduates who completed Masters in Management, Masters in Public Administration, Post Graduate Diploma Courses in National Law (PGDNL), Public Administration (PGDPA) and Financial Management (PGDFM) and Diploma courses in Information Management.