MY THOUGHTS ON THE GLOBAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME @ NTU, SINGAPORE

After coming from the Global Immersion Programme organized at Nanyang Technological University, I had the opportunity to contemplate on the experience and the key learning’s of the programme. It is been over a month since we landed back in India, from Singapore, and I must say that it has been an experience of a lifetime. The Global Immersion Programme is for students who want to have international exposure and increase their potential and aptitude, to counter the fast changing environment of the global economy.

The Global Immersion Programme gave us a glimpse of the world beyond the Indian borders and enriched us with the culture, life style and the uniqueness of Singapore, one of the fastest developing economies in the world. Singapore, which is the 4th leading financial centre in the world, has more than 7000 multinational companies from all across the globe.

My colleagues and I accompanied a contingent of 107 students from Graphic Era University and Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, for this week long programme. It included attending guest lectures at Nanyang Technological University and Nanyang Business School that focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, branding and Singapore as a global financial hub, by some of the key professors of the university. We also visited some of the important tourist destinations in and around Singapore like Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Night Safari, etc. The highlight of the programme was a lecture on Entrepreneurship – Issues, Challenges & Opportunities – A Singapore Perspective, by the eminent Prof. Hooi Den Huan, a well known author and academician who has co-authored a book with Dr. Philip Kotler.

Many of the students were on their maiden international trip and it was quite challenging and exciting, as well as interesting to observe and help them in adapting to this new experience. From adjusting to a different cuisine and culture, to managing money within the budget and adjusting to the weather were some of the practical challenges faced by them.

As a faculty member, I have seen that the GIP has had a significant impact on students and its effect can be seen in the way the students conduct themselves. This immersion programme has brought awareness among the students about global standards in education and has given them an excellent opportunity to understand and learn about the achievements and demands of a developed economy like Singapore. In some cases, it has been exemplary to see how students coming from different walks of life adapted to various situations, while others even though they struggled initially, later sailed through it successfully. This GIP from Corporate Gurukul has helped the students immensely and I would highly recommend it to other universities.

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