What was it like to be a student again – attending thought-stimulating classes and workshops and soak up the campus culture of college living surrounded by professors and fellow students who are all keen to engage in intellectual discourse?
Donors received an authentic student experience at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Benefactor Campus Experience 2017. Held over two days, the event took place both on the Kent Ridge campus as well as in University Town, a flourishing community of living and learning.
“In USP, the educational experience cannot be merely informational. It has to be transformational,” declared Associate Professor Ho Han Kiat, a professor at the NUS Department of Pharmacy and the University Scholars Programme (USP), a rigorous multidisciplinary programme for excellent undergraduates from all faculties. In his talk entitled “Where is the line between a drug and a poison?” Assoc Prof Ho described how he challenges students to think about ways the dichotomy of a drug and poison can be applied to other areas in life.
In another talk titled “Predicting behaviour, reading minds and understanding ourselves”, Assistant Professor Christopher Asplund from Yale-Nus College brought his ‘students’ through the various types of brain studies and the possibilities and limitations of brain imaging. Can the content of dreams be decoded? Are patients in a persistent vegetative state conscious? These are just some questions addressed in a spirited discussion between the young professor and distinguished guests from all walks of life.
Other classes that donors could choose to attend included “Ironic Events”, “Questioning through writing/writing through questioning”, “Ageing and longevity”, “Fantasy and reality: resonances of the psychological journey encountered in living with a musical masterpiece”, “Ramayana today – how the past matters for the future” and “Data science: the cutting edge of technology”.
For a change of pace, guests were given special access to some of the University’s best educational, research and training facilities. The NUS Centre for Healthcare Simulation is an immersive, simulation-based environment for training young doctors; Faculty of Engineering revealed the latest award-winning technology – a cancer biochip that changes the future of cancer diagnosis, an open rehearsal at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts education provider.
The event culminated in batik painting and seal engraving workshops at the NUS Museum.
Donor Mr Yap Wai Ming enjoyed the tour of the Yale-NUS campus. “I think the programme that I enjoyed most is the interaction with the students in the campus and also getting their views on what liberal arts is about. It is a very diverse programme that they have and I think it is a very enriching programme. They actually showed me what they have experienced. They have a big diverse group of students from overseas as well and the interaction between the locals and the foreigners I think adds to their enrichment of the experience,” he said.
“The event is very interesting, I think the lecture and the USP campus tour is very good. I found the event very meaningful and eye opening for me,” another donor shared.
To register for the forthcoming NUS Campus Experience 2018, please contact Ms Fifi Pang at firstname.lastname@example.org