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NUS partners Semester at Sea in global learning programme

02 November 2010

FLOATING UNIVERSITY: (From left) NUS Assistant Vice President (University and Global Relations) Assoc Prof Peter Pang, NUS Business School student Ms Sneha Iyer, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Director of the NUS International Relations Office Assoc Prof Anne Pakir onboard the MV Explorer during its stopover in Singapore on 31 October 2010

Over the past two months, NUS second-year business student Ms Sneha Iyer has done service work in Ghana, visited a township in South Africa and seen a Bollywood star in Mauritius. Her travels are part of the academic programme Semester at Sea (SAS), a US shipboard programme for study abroad by non-profit organisation the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) with the University of Virginia as academic sponsor.

When SAS stopped over in Singapore from 31 October to 1 November 2010, SAS and NUS celebrated their partnership inked in 2009. This is the first time SAS visited Singapore since the partnership, and it is also SAS's first visit to Singapore in eight years. Sneha is the only NUS student on this Fall 2010 voyage.

"The partnership with NUS underscores Semester at Sea's long-standing commitment to fully internationalise the programme. NUS is an impressive higher education institution and we are excited to welcome students from the university to future voyages of Semester at Sea," said Dr Les McCabe, ISE President.

Sailing on this voyage is Nobel Peace Prize winner (1984) Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his spouse. Archbishop Tutu is the Senior Statesman in Residence and is helping to launch the Desmond Tutu Distinguished Chair in Global Understanding, a programme established to honour his lifelong contributions to global awareness and intercultural understanding.

Students can choose from over 70 courses from various disciplines with field practicum. Courses are accredited by the University of Virginia and are fully transferable to a student's home institution. Students enjoy travel opportunities including home stays and university visits.

Since its inception in 1963, SAS has welcomed 50,000 students and Lifelong Learners worldwide. Its participants have had the opportunity to meet with prominent leaders which included Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Corazon Aquino, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.