As a part of the academic partnership between the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) and Wheaton College of Massachusetts, USA, a group of 5 students and staff from RTC visited Wheaton College from 5th – 21st February 2016. During the 2-week exchange programme, the RTC students lived at the Wheaton campus with Wheaton students who had previously studied at RTC. The group attended various events that were happening on campus and also took part in many out-of-classroom activities. The students attended various lectures and seminars to gain a first-hand understanding of the typical American college experience. The group also gave presentations on Bhutan and showcased Bhutanese cultural items to various schools in the area and for the Introduction to Anthropology class at Wheaton College.
As part of the itinerary, the group also made a weekend trip to New York City and explored famous cultural, historical and tourist sites. The group also visited Boston and its environs. As much of the important events of the American Revolution took place in and around Boston, the group was able to walk back into the annals of history by following the freedom trail which led them to celebrated sites such as Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and much more. For all RTC participants, this was their first visit to the US and a highlight of their time at the college.
RTC has had a partnership with Wheaton College for the past 5 years. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two colleges in 2009, between 5-12 Wheaton students study at RTC each semester and earn credits that are recognized by Wheaton College. Since 2010 there have been 10 batches comprising a total of 83 students who have spent a semester at RTC through this partnership.
The Royal Thimphu College and Wheaton College further strengthened their partnership in March, 2014 with a revised MoU that allowed for a two-way exchange programme, making it possible for this first RTC group to visit Wheaton College. The programme will continue each year with an increased number of RTC participants.
RTC currently has formal partnership with 9 educational institutes around the world and the Wheaton-RTC programme has been the flagship of RTC’s efforts to provide more international learning opportunities for its students. RTC currently has 17 international students from 5 countries around the world.