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Exploring a journey beyond

13 September 2011

(From left) IRO Deputy Director Assoc Prof Khoo Hoon Eng, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Singapore H. E Waldemar Dubaniowski, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell, NUS Assistant Vice President (University & Global Relations) Assoc Prof Peter Pang and IRO Director Assoc Prof Anne Pakir

NUS Senior Administrators and guests with student performers
International Exchange Day (IED) 2011, organised by the International Relations Office (IRO), was held amidst much fanfare and enthusiasm on 8 September at the NUS Central Forum. Keeping with the NUS spirit of encouraging a global experience, IED 2011, in its 9th consecutive year, continued to serve as a platform to equip students with the necessary information and means to effectively take advantage of the plethora of global opportunities offered by the university.

Themed “Journey Beyond”, the event kicked off with a display of Malay, Japanese and Thai performances. This year’s IED was officially launched by Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor and NUS Deputy President (Research & Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell. The event was also attended by dignitaries from various embassies and colleagues from the different faculties and NUS offices.

Close to 5,000 students visited the booths and exhibits lined up to learn more about the programmes and opportunities which they could choose from. This ranges from the International Summer Programmes (i-SP), International Internships (i-Intern) and International Research Attachment Programmes (i-RAP). The excitement of the students was evident in the fervent array of questions they had for the NUS staff and student advisors on hand to assist and provide guidance.

Seeing universities as major agencies for developing networks of friends and contacts, Prof Barry Halliwell urged students to leverage on the opportunities offered by IRO and expand their global networks. He encouraged them to adjust to different cultural settings, grow in personal experience, make new friends overseas and at the same time showcase their personal skills, NUS and Singapore to the world.

Director of IRO, Assoc Prof Anne Pakir emphasised that “no student should be deprived of a global experience due to financial difficulty.” She encouraged the students to consider the awards and scholarships available to aid them financially in pursuing their global education ventures.

Currently, one in two NUS undergraduates has gained an overseas experience while one in four students has spent a semester or more abroad by the time they graduate. The IRO will continue to seek global opportunities for students to journey beyond the shores of Singapore and to expand their horizons.

By NUS International Relations Office