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Students find opportunities for overseas study and training at International Exchange Day

08 September 2010

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE DAY 2010: Members of the senior management - (back row) Director of International Relations Office Assoc Prof Anne Pakir (extreme left), Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (third from left), President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (sixth from right), Vice President (University and Global Relations) Prof Lily Kong (extreme right) - with student performers

SPREADING AWARENESS: Students could find more information on available overseas study and training programmes through the exhibits and booths set up
One of the defining features of education at NUS is its emphasis on global exposure, understanding and impact. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, in his opening speech at the University's International Exchange Day held on 2 September 2010, said: "We strongly believe that our students must be given diverse opportunities to develop as responsible global citizens, who are effective in many cross-cultural settings."

The student exchange programme in NUS has seen greater involvement from students over the last decade. From 280 students sent on the programme in Academic Year 2000/2001, the number of participating students grew to 1,537 in Academic Year 2009/2010.

The annual International Exchange Day, organised by NUS' International Relations Office (IRO) since 2003, provides a platform for students interested in overseas study opportunities to obtain information about the myriad of such programmes offered by NUS. Themed "Journey Beyond", this year's International Exchange Day sought to inspire students to journey beyond the beaten track and explore uncharted territory.

Delivering the welcome address at the event, Director of IRO Assoc Prof Anne Pakir said that the event provided a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and receive guidance from the NUS staff. She hoped that students would gain a clearer idea of their own goals in seeking a global experience while here at NUS.

At International Exchange Day, students and guests had the pleasure of witnessing cultural performances such as a traditional Thai dance, a Mexican classical performance, and a musical show using Korean percussion instruments. Apart from the booths set up by IRO and the various faculties at the Central Forum, talks were also held on specific regions where interested students could consider travelling to, as an extension of their NUS experience.

For students who were keen on the overseas study opportunities but were held back by financial constraints, they could find information on the Global Educational Awards that they are entitled to apply for at the event as well.

Having reached the University's target of sending 50 per cent of its first-year student cohort on overseas exposure, IRO is now actively seeking alternative global pathways to send students abroad, including the expansion of summer programmes, international internships and research attachments.

By Ms Leong Wai Yee, Student Associate, International Relations Office