A Bhutanese scholar has been selected as a professor of Tibetology at the department of Indian and Tibetan Studies in Hamburg University.
42-year-old Dorji Wangchuk, who specialises in Tibetan textual studies and intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism, will teach at the university's Asia-Africa Institute from October 1.
Wangchuk said his desire to study Buddhist philosophy took him to the traditional monastic seminary (Ngagyur Nyingma Institute) at Penor Rinpoche's Namdroling monastery in India's Mysore city.
His desire to trace the Indian roots of Tibetan Buddhism brought him to the University of Hamburg in 1998.
"There, I wrote my MA (2002) and PhD (2005) dissertations under the supervision of Prof Lambert Schmithausen, one of the leading Buddhologists worldwide," he said.
Wangchuk was awarded the Karl H Ditze-Preis for his outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of humanities by the University of Hamburg in 2008 and German Academic Exchange Service prize for outstanding academic achievement of an international student in Germany in 2000.