Forty students from the School of Business & Accountancy (BA) recently said goodbye to the comfort of their homes in Singapore and embarked on a five-week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) in the glittering city of Shanghai.
During the OIP, the students - who hailed from diploma courses in Accountancy, Business Studies, and Business Information Technology – took classes in Business Communication as well as Chinese History and Culture. They also visited companies and experienced the many modern and traditional sights and sounds that Shanghai has to offer.
One key feature of the OIP was a three-day trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou where students climbed the legendary Tiger Hill and soaked in the serenity of the beautiful West Lake. Visits to a silk factory as well as a tea plantation also gave students greater insights into some of the products that China is well-known for.
Pictured above: Students enjoying modern and traditional sights during their five-week OIP in Shanghai.
This OIP was made even more special with a meaningful Singapore Day celebration held at Shanghai’s Century Park. As part of their learning experience, selected students were invited by the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) – the organiser of Singapore Day in Shanghai – to an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” preview of the event to observe how a large-scale carnival is put together.
On Singapore Day itself, all 40 students attended the event and had an enjoyable time playing familiar games, savouring free Singaporean delicacies and taking photographs with celebrities from Singapore including MediaCorp artiste, Jeanette Aw.
For many of the students, Singapore Day helped to alleviate some of the homesickness they felt, especially since it was held towards the end of the five-week OIP. Spending time with other Singaporeans in Shanghai during Singapore Day also made them cherish things that were uniquely Singaporean – like our penchant for queueing and speaking in Singlish.
This might have been an Overseas Immersion Programme to Shanghai, but on Singapore Day, it was the spirit of camaraderie and the strong feeling of connectedness to Singapore that the students were immersed in.
To find out more about the students’ experiences during Singapore Day in Shanghai, visit the OSU website at: http://www.overseassingaporean.sg/articles/d/reflections-on-singapore-day-in-shanghai-2015