2017 Immersion Programme

National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI) successfully concluded the 2017 Immersion Programme for Singapore Junior College Students' from 26 November to 3 December 2017. Over 100 students and 15 teachers from Millenia Institute, Pioneer Junior College, Meridian Junior College, Innova Junior College and Catholic Junior College took part in the week-long programme in Suzhou.

Immersion Programme aims to encourage international students to understand the Chinese economy and culture, allowing them to observe the development of Chinese enterprises and cultivate their entrepreneurship. In aspect of academics, NUSRI offered the Enterprise Immersion Programme and the GoGobal Programme this year. The Enterprise Immersion Programme invited professional consultants to assist students in building their own business plans in addition to visiting surrounding firms. The science based GoGlobal Programme, on the other hand, invited professors from renowned Universities to give talks and lectures, students also had the opportunity to visit the famous Cold Spring Harbor Asia (DNA Learning Center) for fun labs.

NUSRI invited Singaporean as well as Chinese industrialists who have spent time overseas and are currently working in China, offering two forums with different views on China’s development. All speakers provided some of their views on the current economy of China in addition to sharing their experience in management and entrepreneurship.

NUSRI provided a more diverse selection of industries opportunities, firms including ASUS, Ecovacs, Yorkool, Lighting Precision and Johnson Precision. This way, students from the same school have the opportunity to choose to visit 2-3 different firms. Through these industrial visits, students were able to gain a more insightful understanding of the current market and economy of China as well as learn about the development of these firms.

In addition to academic learning and industrial visits, NUSRI arranged students to visit local schools. At Dulwich International High School Suzhou, they had the opportunity to communicate and learn with local students of similar ages. At Donghu Primary School, students and teachers from Catholic Junior College were able to teach the importance of environmental awareness to local primary students.

In future, NUSRI will continue to provide similar Immersion Programmes to facilitate and encourage communication between Singapore and China.