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Imagine your journey, make an impact

6 Sep 2013

Prof Tan (far right) officiated the opening of the International Exchange Day together with Assoc Prof Pakir (far left) and NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (second from left)

Students from the Little Skool-House International performed in their traditional costumes
For the curious, the adventurous, the bold and the ever-enquiring students who come to NUS, they also go out to see the world, to learn from the world, and to learn with a different style. Associate Professor Anne Pakir, Director of the International Relations Office (IRO), highlighted these traits of the University’s students at the International Exchange Day 2013. Themed “Imagine your journey and make an impact”, the event on 5 September aimed to create awareness of the exciting international opportunities available to students.  

The Student Exchange Programme, said Assoc Prof Pakir, is IRO’s largest programme, garnering a high satisfaction rate of 97.7 per cent for outgoing exchange students and 94.7 per cent for incoming exchange students.

In fact, the number of NUS students who took part in the Programme was more than 1,900 last year, noted NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, who was the Guest-of-Honour. He urged students to “consider going beyond traditional destinations because in so doing, they will challenge themselves to go out of their comfort zone and this will turn out to be an even more enriching experience.”

“At the same time, if our students go to a diversity of places, they will bring back fresh ideas from a wider range of jurisdictions and countries. And this too will help enrich the environment at NUS and Singapore,” he added.

Revving up the excitement at the event packed with activities were bikers of the Harley Owners Group (Singapore Chapter) from various countries including Australia, Germany, Brazil and the United States who showcased their Harley-Davidson motorcyles.

IRO offers a number of avenues for students to gain overseas exposure such as through internships, research attachment programmes and summer programmes.