Yuan Lu, a National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School student, spent an action-packed semester at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder’s School of Business.
Chua Si Min, an NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) student, spent an exciting week at the Vietnam National University (VNU) studying in Vietnamese and teaching English to disadvantaged youth. These are just two of the many different exchange programmes that NUS offers, many of them supported by gifts.
For example, Yuan Lu’s stint at UBC was a part of the NUS – UBC Lee Foundation Exchange Award. It supports students on exchange programmes between NUS and UBC. In AY 2011/2012, 17 NUS exchange students received the Award.
Another student who travelled to UBC thanks to the NUS-UBC Lee Foundation Exchange Award was Maxine Tan. The Third Year Life Science student of Environmental Biology was wowed by Canada’s active “promotion of eco-friendliness”.
Meanwhile, Si Min went to Vietnam as part of the Temasek Foundation Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Programme at NUS (TF LEaRN Programme@NUS). The TF LEaRN Programme@NUS aims to groom NUS students, and select inbound exchange students from partner universities in ASEAN and Asia, to be the next generation of Asian leaders. It immerses students in activities that develop their leadership potential, promote their involvement in community work and encourage inter-cultural interaction and networking.
Si Min says, “Being able to contribute to society despite still being a student has given me the confidence to be self-reliant.”
By providing an array of exchange programme opportunities, NUS is nurturing students who are culturally savvy with a global consciousness. As NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said in a recent speech, “Cross-cultural effectiveness and widening of personal and professional networks are key to helping NUS graduates stand out, be competitive and successful.”
NUS students can choose from over 300 partner universities in over 40 countries for student exchanges, summer programmes, language immersions, internships or research attachments. In the AY2010/2011, 1,454 students went on international exchange programmes.
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