NUS inaugurated its Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment Programme (STEER)
programme to the Middle-East (Saudi Arabia, UAE) and to India in Dec 2010. Designed
to familiarize students with the diverse socio-cultural-economic-political-business
management environment of fast-evolving regions through classroom-based learning
and experiential site visits, NUS undergraduate participants together with several
faculty members and staff members visited Dammam, Al-Jubail, Al-Khobar in the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia as well as Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In India,
they visited Hyderabad and Mumbai.
More NUS STEER programmes to various other regions are being planned. This will
help our undergraduates break existing mindsets about these emerging regions through
participation in an immersive educational and cultural experience.
STEER Middle East 2010
As part of the STEER Middle-East programme, the students visited government bodies,
private companies, universities in Saudi Arabia and participated in a business forum
with Emirati entrepreneurs that was jointly organised by Zayed University in Abu
Dhabi, UAE. They were also hosted to a networking dinner with Singaporeans based
in UAE by the Singapore Charge d'Affaires.
At STEER Middle East, "The students were wowed by the major sights such as the Burj
Khalifa, the Gold Souk and Palm Jumeriah in Dubai, and the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque,
Yas Marina Circuit Formula One, and the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
The undergraduates also collaborated with both King Fahd University of Petroleum
and Minerals and Zayed University to jointly research on the economic policies and
strategies of Singapore and Saudi Arabia and the UAE respectively. These findings
were presented at the respective universities' campuses during the STEER programme.
The NUS undergraduates had an engaging time interacting with their hospitable peers
from the two universities, striking-up conversations about each others' cultures,
educational experiences and hopes for the future."
"Go for it. You will get
to know of the many business opportunities in the Middle-East. The networking sessions
are useful as they help create a link between you and the Middle-East. It (STEER)
is learning beyond the classroom, where the classroom is the world itself"
Tay Yew Ming
(STEER Middle-East 2010 Participant)
STEER India 2010
In the STEER India programme, the students attended insightful lectures and seminars
on business practices, culture, politics, sociology, gender issues which were organised
jointly with the University of Hyderabad. In Mumbai, they collaborated with SP Jain
Institute of Management & Research and visited numerous business organisations,
non-governmental organisations and social enterprises, such as the Hyderabad-MV
Foundation which targets against child labour exploitation and the Kumudben Dwarkadas
Vora Industrial Home for Blind Women, as well as a jewellery factory in Mumbai.
They also enjoyed many opportunities to network with academics, industry leaders
and fellow Singaporeans working in India and also found time to practice yoga.
"The program in Hyderbad covering many aspects such as India's culture, society
and history, was well-compressed in the duration of one week, giving us a very good
introduction and preparation for our classes in Mumbai. Well done for both India
and NUS for the great collaboration"
Yeo Kai Yan
(STEER India 2010 Participant)