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Finding one's passion at NUS Open House
- Veronique Y W Ah Sen

BOOTH STOP: NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan visiting one of NUSSU's booths displaying student activities at the University.

ENGINEERING TALK: A full capacity crowd was found at most faculty talks.
THE SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTRE (SRC) was abuzz with activity but not with the usual sports events and crowd. Some 16,500 visitors thronged the various halls at SRC to learn about NUS' transformative educational experience at its annual Open House (14-15 March).

Prospective students and their parents welcomed the opportunity to find out more on NUS' wide offering of courses through the admissions and faculty talks as well as the respective faculty booths. The NUS Students' Union exhibition, which showcased a host of student clubs and activities, offered visitors a glimpse of campus life.

Yun Long, who was from Victoria Junior College, was set to pursue an engineering course at NUS. "I realised that there are many new courses here," he said. He praised the Open House as very informative and organised, adding that the staff at the booths were very helpful.

Former Raffles Junior College student Huang Yi Fang was certain about NUS being her main choice. "I would prefer to study locally and at NUS, there will be opportunities for me to go overseas," she said.

Inventors, unite virtually!

- Veronique Y W Ah Sen

FOR THE FIRST TIME, a virtual Open House was held concurrently on NUS Second Life. A virtual School for Inventors, which represents the School of Computing (SoC), featured projects by its faculty, students and alumni.

Prospective students could view the special effects projects which include a rain-removal demonstration that allows avatars to navigate through a rainy patch to clear weather and another where avatars can witness fur growing at their feet.

These projects resulted from a collaboration between SoC and Dream Axis, a start-up by alumna Winne Soh. Another project by the NUS Musical mObile Group demonstrated how iPods could be used as musical instruments by simply shaking or tapping one's finger across the screen of the iPod.

Spanish Surprise

- Veronique Y W Ah Sen

SPANISH VISIT: David Maté and his father Daniel (left) at the Open House.
THE OPEN HOUSE also saw visitors hailing all the way from Spain - David Maté who was accompanied by his father. Explaining his application to the NUS Business School, David said: "I want to experience something outside Europe and NUS would be a good place as it has the international environment that I am looking for. Plus, NUS is highly ranked."

His father Daniel, a commodity trader, said that a tertiary education in Singapore would provide an Asian perspective which will complement his son's Western education. "This blend of Asian and Western education would prove to be useful in today's globalised world," he added.