The Royal Thimphu College develops students’ independence with responsibility in all spheres of their activities, including academics. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own learning. We have consciously put in place measures to address common skill deficiencies, in areas such as communication and writing, as soon as the students arrive. We address communication and writing deficiencies through our home-grown module, Orientation to College Learning (OCL), which emphasizes improving competency in written and spoken English, developing an independent frame of mind, and supporting the students’ own voices as writers. This module also helps students to adjust to life in the residence halls, manage their time efficiently, prepare well for their stay at RTC and refrain from drugs and alcohol abuse. In addition, RTC has strong faculty advising and mentoring services for its students.
Similarly, the College is aware of the difficulty for the Bhutanese students with mathematics. Remedial classes are organized to address this problem in the first semester.
We also lay strong emphasis on IT and provide free internet access throughout the campus. Students are required to take classes on IT skills in the first semester in order to prepare them well for finding resources on-line and to make them proficient in using IT for all basic purposes. We encourage all new students to live on campus. A good number of faculty staff live on campus, which nurtures a safe, healthy and academically interactive campus life. With IT and Library services open till late on working days as well as on weekends, the vibrancy of College life is kept up throughout the academic session. Confidential counseling services are readily available both for academic and personal issues.
The pedagogy at the RTC includes variety of methods: presentations, active participation in class, discussions and debates, case studies, field visits, guest lecturers and writing assignments. These methods help the students to develop life skills such as the ability to learn independently and communicate effectively. This inturn prepares them for the world of work. More than 50% of student assessment is through course work.