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QUT visit to keep the ‘happy country’ smiling
bert Kidd, May 05, 2015
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Government leaders from Bhutan are visiting QUT to ensure the country that values happiness more than any other keeps its next generation smiling.

The tiny Himalayan kingdom, which has a population less than one third of Brisbane's, has sent representatives to QUT to develop a workforce plan for the future as part of Bhutan's transition towards democracy.

Bhutan caught the world's attention in 1972 when its former King proposed gauging the country's success by the happiness levels of its citizens, or Gross National Happiness (GNH), rather than its Gross National Product (GDP).

The 12 representatives from government and industry will attend a series of workshops and training programs to help develop a Human Resource Development Plan for the country to address key concerns including high levels of youth unemployment.

The aim of the plan is to improve the productivity and employability of the Bhutanese youth to enable them to effectively contribute to national economic development.

"This fellowship program with QUT is important because it gives us some ideas on how Bhutan can address youth unemployment," Kinley Wangdi, Director for Human Resource Development in Bhutan's Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development, said.

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