Summer School in Happiness and Innovation in Bhutan

Exceptional summer school with
a mix of Danish innovative approaches and the philosophy of the Bhutanese Gross National Happiness (GNH)

Happiness and Innovation in Education and Social Work - takes place in Bhutan

Summer School

Do you want to examine happiness in education and social work in Bhutan?
Do you want to develop your own innovative mindset? And would you like to bring happiness into your job as a social worker, pedagogue or teacher?
Then join this exceptional summer school of Danish innovative approach mixed with the philosophy of Bhutanese Gross National Happiness (GNH)

About the programme

  • Facts and information

    Subject: Happiness and Innovation in Education and Social Work in Bhutan

    Duration: 3 weeks

    Dates: 29 July – 16 August 2019

    Language: English

    Credits: 7 ECTS

    Academic level: Bachelor level

    Prerequisites: The summer school in Happiness and Innovation addresses all students and professionals in the fields of pedagogy, social work and teaching – with an interest in GNH and a higher purpose of learning and social work.

    Maximum enrolment: Maximum 60 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

    Housing: Accommodation is included in the tuition fee.

    Application deadline: 1 June, 2019.

    Location:  Paro College of Education, Bhutan.

  • Content

    Learn how to implement GNH principles in education and social work and how Western and Eastern values can be combined to bring happiness through innovative approaches


    You will learn to implement GNH principles in education and social work, experience how you support creativity and innovation and most importantly: how Western and Eastern values an be combined to bring happiness through innovative approaches.



    Denmark and Bhutan wondrously agrees that the main purpose of educational and social activities is not only to learn skills, but fundamentally to be more happy, whole and life-competent. A key principle in Denmark is: “We don’t learn for school, but for life”. In Bhutan, GNH-happiness is the fundamental human goal and the foundation of all education and social life. This course will combine Danish and Bhutanese knowledge and enable you to:

    Use Bhutan’s GNH-principles in education and social work
    Create  environments that spur happiness and  innovation in teaching and social work
    Unfold the full potential of yourself and other individuals
    Develop a holistic approach to educational and social work  that combine ancient Eastern and Western values

    During the course, you will visit GNH-institutions and experience different forms of education settings and social initiatives. 


    Learning outcome

    The summer school in Happiness and Innovation will provide you with valuable skills and a stronger professional profile, but also challenge and develop your personal mindset and require willingness to explore new perspectives.



    Week 1: Introduction to GNH background and implementation in Bhutanese education system and society. Visit educational agencies, schools and social institutions working with GNH. Cross-disciplinary teams are observing and examining needs through fieldwork in Bhutanese society.

    Week 2: Methods and processes that enhance creativity and innovation. A combination of presentations and practical work with developing, selecting, presenting and evaluating creative ideas.

    Week 3: Development and presentation of prototypes of innovative solution based on the identified needs in co-creation with local partners.

    Read more about Bhutanese Gross National Happiness (GNH).


    Social programme

    You also get the opportunity to explore the nature, mountains and culture of Bhutan, visit schools, agencies, policy-makers and meeting with insightful Buddhist practitioners and have fun together with the other participants from all over the world.

  • Tuition and fees

    Accommodation and meals are included in the feel. Insurance, visa and travelling expenses are not included in the fee

    Tuition fee: US$ 1200.

    Tuition fee for VIA student: US$ 425

    Tuition fee for PCE students US$ 345


    Fee for VISA: 40 US$


    Accommodation and food is included in the fee. We will follow the teaching and live together in modern facilities.


    Insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.
  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us

    VIA University College

    Bjørn Laigaard


    T: +4587553003


    The summer school is organized in a partnership between Paro College of Education, GNH Centre Bhutan and VIA University College in Denmark