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9th RTC SEISA Cultural Exchange ProgrammeJapan


 SEISA and RTC have been partners since 2009, with bidirectional exchanges occurring since 2012 between the two institutions under the SEISA-RTC STAR (Study of Trust-Achievement-Respect) programme as shown:

Total visits under SEISA-RTC STAR Exchange Programme by year
































SEISA officials have also made occasional visits to RTC apart from the student exchange programme. Furthermore, a ham radio setup has been installed and operated on an as-needed basis. 

RTC and SEISA have recognized the SEISA-RTC STAR exchange programme as the key component of the SEISA-RTC relationship. The exchange programme promotes inter-institutional and inter-cultural understanding and opportunities. It provides students and staff of both institutions rare opportunities to experience each other’s organizations, cultures, and countries.

RTC has observed the positive value of the experience in the growth and development of not only the student participants, but also the accompanying staff members each year. Building on this, instead of 10 students + 1 staff member (11 pax total), RTC proposes to send up to 10 students + 3 staff members (13 pax total) each Winter to SEISA, Japan – an overall increase of 2. The total direct support for the overall programme will remain at USD $10,000. RTC will internally manage the additional travel expenses for the flights to Japan, and requests SEISA to additionally provide the same local hospitality to the additional persons while in Japan. Similarly, RTC proposes to host up to 16 SEISA visitors (up from 14) during the SEISA trip to Bhutan each year in March, if convenient for SEISA.  

Sports is a major area for future growth at RTC. The College plans to develop stable sports programmes and field players and teams that can be competitive at the national level. For example, the College has partnered with the Bhutan Olympic Committee to offer several sports scholarships every year – at any one time, 18 sports scholars (both male and female) are among the student population at the College. Plans to develop an artificial-turf football field through a partnership with the Bhutan Football Federation has been successful. RTC has further invested in supporting facilities such as changing rooms. The College has also committed to developing a sports programme in parallel to the facilities development, including coaching & mentoring, nutrition and academic support.

As part of these initiatives RTC welcomed the support of SEISA in developing gym facilities on campus, which is known as the ‘SEISA-RTC Indoor-Outdoor’ gym. Outdoor equipment includes adjustable pieces such as vertical press, shoulder press, hip twist, etc. and fixed pieces such as sit-up bench and pull-up bars. Indoor equipment includes treadmill, stationary bike, weight-lift bench, adjustable free weights, punching bag, and pull-up bars.


  • Kyoto University, Kokoro Research Centre
  • Kansai University
  • University of Fukui
  • Osaka University of Economics and Law


  • Szent Istyan University, Hungary
  • Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Metropolitan University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Thomas Bata University, Czech Republic
  • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  • WSB Poznan, Poland
  • WSPA Lublin, Poland
  • Vilniaus Kolegija University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
  • CEFAM International School of Business and Management, Lyon, France
  • University of Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus, Germany
  • SRH University Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education, Germany
  • HWZ Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration, Switzerland
  • University of Cadiz, Spain
  • University of Huelvo, Spain
  • University of Oviedo, Spain
  • EASD Vitoria, Spain
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
  • University of Liechtenstein
  • Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
  • Polytechnic in Pozega, Croatia
  • Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad, Romania
  • Varna University of Management, Bulgaria
  • Tartu University, Estonia
  • Ljubljana School of Business, Slovenia



  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts

The Wheaton-RTC program, launched in fall 2010, calls for a continuing partnership for the mutual benefit and development of students and faculty at both colleges. Each year, RTC welcomes a batch of Wheaton students in the fall semesters who live with RTC students in the RTC residence halls, and fully participate in RTC campus life. Under the guidance of a Wheaton faculty member, students take four courses during the semester, including a language and culture class and a practicum experience at a local service organization. They also visit many natural and historic sites. Beginning next year, RTC expects to receive Wheaton students in the spring semester as well.

The Wheaton-RTC partnership not only provides the Wheaton students with an enriching experience but helps Bhutanese students build the skills and experiences that will help them be successful as they enter the job market upon graduation.

Consistent with its goal of "Inspiring Education in Bhutan", Royal Thimphu College's first major on-going academic partnership with an American college, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, won an award in the "Innovative New Program-Study Abroad" category from The award was announced on May 31, 2012 at the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators held in Houston, Texas and attended by nearly 9,000 professionals in the field. Entries were judged by a group of international educators on the basis of quality, originality and creativity.

  • Texas A&M, Kingsville, Texas

The goals of collaboration between Texas A&M University Kingsville and Royal Thimphu College looks forward to enrich the educational environment of both institutions through, but not limited to, students and faculty exchanges, collaborative research works, academic field trips, short courses, summer programs, and break term programs (e.g. winter, spring). Also to increase educational opportunities, promote research collaborations, improve inter-institutional understanding and increase inter-institutional contacts.

  • Pitzer College, California
  • University of California, Davis, California
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
  • Linfield College, Oregon
  • Westminster College, Utah
  • University of Idaho
  • Centre College, Kentucky
  • Academic Programs International (API), Texas


  • Quest University, Squamish, British Columbia


  • Edith Cowan University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of New England


  • Kathmandu University
  • Tribhuvan University


  • Sikkim University
  • TERI University


  • Jember University