Overseas Exposure

Incorporating overseas exposure into the learning experience helps broaden minds.
​It gives students the opportunity to appreciate diversity, develop a global mindset and build international connections. In particular, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) is increasingly involving its students in trips that allow them to learn more about the ASEAN region as well as economic powerhouses like China.

Overseas Internships

In 2018, NP continued to provide students with overseas internship opportunities that enable them to sharpen their domain skills and experience a global workplace environment. More than 300 students had the opportunity to do so over the past year. Here are some highlights:

  • Business Studies student, Cindy Lim, interned with OnPoint, an e-commence solution agency in Ho Chi Minh City, for a period of six months. Cindy helped OnPoint managed sales and digital marketing for brands like La Roche Posay and Vichy on online platforms during her internship.Germany internship
  • Biomedical Engineering student, Reinhard Tan, went on a five-month internship at Mannheim University in Germany. During this internship, Reinhard picked up new hardware and software skills while working on micro controllers at the university.
  • Twenty-one students from various disciplines benefited from a new overseas work and study programme tie-up with Shanghai Jiao Tong University that was launched in March 2019. Under this partnership, students will spend three weeks in the university before embarking on internships with companies for the remaining 19 weeks in Shanghai.​
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Overseas Immersion

Immersion programmes expose students to different cultures, lifestyles and practices. In 2018, more than 1,600 students participated in such overseas immersion programmes. Through interaction and activities, they gain a greater appreciation of the places they visit and the people who live in those communities. Here are some examples.

  • Over 40 students from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences went to Nanjing, China, on a cultural immersion trip. They attended classes conducted by Nanjing University and gained a good understanding of the arts, culture and folklore of Nanjing.
  • Some 80 FMS students embarked on a three-week overseas immersion programme to Shanghai in September 2018 and March 2019. During both trips, they attended classes at the Shanghai University and the Shanghai Vancouver Film School. They also learnt about the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, visited various global advertising and public relations agencies, and experienced the Chinese culture through various cultural workshops.
  • A group of 60 students from the School of Design & Environment (DE) attended lectures at the Beijing Vocational College of Agriculture to learn more about Chinese culture. During the trip, DE students participated in cultural activities like martial arts, calligraphy and paper cutting. They also attended classes that introduced them to the business environment in China.
  • Another group of 20 DE students went on an immersion programme in Italy. Prior to their trip, they were taught basic Italian language and introduced to Italian culture by the Italian Embassy staff based in Singapore. During their trip, students attended architecture lectures at the University of Venice and Florence Institute of Design.
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Overseas Study Trips

Short-term overseas study trips provide excellent opportunities for students to gain exposure to industries related to their disciplines. More than 900 students embarked on such trips in 2018, including the following:

  • Over 60 students from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HMS) went to Klang, Malaysia, on a study trip in June 2018. They learnt to apply the theories and principles from their Early Childhood diploma course to facilitate activities such as reading for the pre-school children in the local community. While the character-building experience helped our students develop compassion, their engagement with the local community enabled them to have a better appreciation of the indigenous culture and lifestyle. Separately, an overseas media exposure programme was held in September 2018 for more than 40 HMS students. They went to Taiwan to attend seminars conducted by the National Chenghui University and visit media organisations such as United Daily News, Public Television and Era Ogilvy. They also went on a cultural trip to Yilan.
  • Some 30 FMS students went on a study trip to South Korea in September 2018, which gave them the opportunity to interview the producer of the popular action thriller Train to Busan. They also visited Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and broadened their cinematic horizons by attending the Busan International Film Festival.
  • In March 2019, 35 Environmental & Water Technology students from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT) visited Taiwan to attend sustainability-related lectures at various Taiwan universities. They also had a study tour to a wastewater treatment plant and an incineration plant to learn how the Taiwanese deal with waste. During this period, another group of 18 LSCT students went to Hong Kong to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the University of Hong Kong and various TCM-related enterprises.
  • 20 students from the School of Design & Environment travelled to Taiwan to study how the Taiwanese incorporated seismic design to their built environment. Besides visiting iconic locations like Taipei 101, these students also went to the CheLongPu Fault Preservation Park to learn how geology affects building design. They also found out how the Taiwanese overcame geological challenges when erecting structures in the park.
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Service-Learning Trips

In 2018, over 500 students were involved in 24 overseas service-learning trips. These experiences gave them the opportunity to develop solutions using the skills they learnt at NP, while serving the communities. Here are some highlights:

  • Thirty students from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences applied their course skills to design and implement learning activities for children and youth in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in September 2018. They delivered conversational English and Mathematics lessons, worked with teachers to develop lesson materials, conducted activities to build the confidence and social skills of the youngsters, and also spruced up the school. The experience gave the students the opportunity to hone their skills, while contributing to the development of the children in the local community.
  • Ten Accountancy students, and their lecturers, tutored 30 refugees from the Elshaddai Learning Centre in Klang, Malaysia, ahead of their accounting examinations. The students also organised a mini fun fair at the Centre to enable the youths to apply their skills in a real-life setting.
  • In March 2019, 24 School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology students went to Luang Prabang, Laos, for a two-week Youth Expedition Project (YEP). The students constructed a bio-sand water filtration system in the compound of Khokmun Primary School, painted the classrooms, and engaged students through lessons and games. Students also reached out to Khokmun’s Special Education Needs School for the Deaf and Mute with service-learning activities.
  • A team comprising 15 students and two staff from DE went on a YEP to Tasikmalaya to continue with the construction of a village kindergarten cum library. It was the DE team’s second visit to the village after a year to work on the kindergarten together with the community. The YEP team also engaged the primary school children enrichment classes on mathematics and design.
  • In March 2019, 20 FMS students took part in a YEP in Cambodia. They conducted a student leadership workshop at the Glad Tidings International School in Kampong Speu, and interacted with the local students through games, sports and other activities like mural painting. FMS students also partnered with the Sao Sary Foundation in Kampong Speu to set up biosand filters for local villagers with no access to drinking water.​
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