Global Research and Innovation Programme (GRIP)

Programme Dates : 12th December, 2020 to 23rd December, 2020

What is GRIP?

The Global Research and Innovation Programme (GRIP) enables you to identify and solve real-world problems using a unique methodology – Design Thinking.
 

You conduct empathy-led primary research, define the problem, and evolve innovative solution(s). Through GRIP, you will learn how to approach problems from different perspectives with a view to creating solutions. Your approach needs to be inter-disciplinary and aimed at creating prototypes that are user friendly and can be commercialized.
 

If your solution is unique, you apply and get your patent while still in school!
 

GRIP is conducted in association with faculty from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

At a Glance
Duration : 3 - 6 months
Grades : 8 - 12
Academic Fee : SGD 2700
Programme Outcome : Transcript from NUS and NTU
Application Deadline : 30th September, 2020
Duration : 3 - 6 months
Grades : 8 - 12
Academic Fee : SGD 2700
Programme Outcome : Transcript from NUS and NTU
Application Deadline : 30th September, 2020

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How Real-World Projects Work?

The research work involves solving real-world challenges which are always interdisciplinary in nature. Hence, all teams are encouraged to choose team members with complementary skill sets.

To give you an idea, we have listed a few projects done by GRIP participants.

Session Plan at School

FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Session 1
EMPATHY

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Introduction to ‘EMPATHY – LED RESEARCH’ to understand target audiences

DURATION: 32 hours

  • Design questionnaire for target audiences
  • Conduct empathy-led primary research
Session 2
DEFINE PROBLEM

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Assessment and feedback on Empathy Maps
  • ‘DEFINE’ the problem to be solved

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Post feedback, go back to the target audiences for deeper insights

Session Plan at National University of Singapore (NUS)

FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Session 3
IDEATION

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Review Problem Definition
  • Ideate and evolve the ‘BIG IDEA’

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Re-define the Problem (if needed)
  • Sketch and detail the Big Idea
Session 4
BUILDING
PROTOTYPE

DURATION: 32 hours

  • Introduction to ‘PROTOTYPE’ process
  • Continuous guidance and feedback during prototype development

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Create PROTOTYPE
  • Test PROTOTYPE
Session 5
PRESENTATION

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Teams present their final prototype and pitch to DTE

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Teams work on their final presentations based on DTE feedback

Assessment Criteria

Students are assessed on the following parameters during the whole programme by the NTU, NUS faculty and the Design Thinking Expert:

  • Research Methodology
  • Design Thinking Process
  • Ideation
  • Solution
  • Prototype
  • Presentation
testimonial

Certificate of Achievement
from Corporate Gurukul

Pedagogy
Research Domains

The research work involves solving real-world challenges which are always interdisciplinary in nature. Hence, all teams are encouraged to choose team members with complementary skill sets.

To give you an idea, we have listed a few projects done by GRIP participants.

Schedule

Session Plan at School

FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Session 1
EMPATHY

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Introduction to ‘EMPATHY – LED RESEARCH’ to understand target audiences

DURATION: 32 hours

  • Design questionnaire for target audiences
  • Conduct empathy-led primary research
Session 2
DEFINE PROBLEM

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Assessment and feedback on Empathy Maps
  • ‘DEFINE’ the problem to be solved

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Post feedback, go back to the target audiences for deeper insights

Session Plan at National University of Singapore (NUS)

FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Session 3
IDEATION

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Review Problem Definition
  • Ideate and evolve the ‘BIG IDEA’

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Re-define the Problem (if needed)
  • Sketch and detail the Big Idea
Session 4
BUILDING
PROTOTYPE

DURATION: 32 hours

  • Introduction to ‘PROTOTYPE’ process
  • Continuous guidance and feedback during prototype development

DURATION: 16 hours

  • Create PROTOTYPE
  • Test PROTOTYPE
Session 5
PRESENTATION

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Teams present their final prototype and pitch to DTE

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Teams work on their final presentations based on DTE feedback
Assessment

Assessment Criteria

Students are assessed on the following parameters during the whole programme by the NTU, NUS faculty and the Design Thinking Expert:

  • Research Methodology
  • Design Thinking Process
  • Ideation
  • Solution
  • Prototype
  • Presentation
Programme Completion Documents
testimonial

Certificate of Achievement
from Corporate Gurukul

Admissions

If you are interested to sign up for GRIP, please get in touch with your school management. All GRIP admissions are done through the schools except in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

High Achiever Awards

The following awards will be given at the end of the programme:

  • Best Research
  • Best Idea
  • Best Solution
  • Best Prototype
  • Best Presentation
  • Best Project

Mentors

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the first autonomous research university in Singapore. NUS is a comprehensive research university, offering a wide range of disciplines, including the sciences, medicine and dentistry, design and environment, law, arts and social sciences, engineering, business, computing and music at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 

The QS World University Rankings 2019 ranked NUS 11th in the world and 1st in Asia. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 placed NUS at 22nd in the world and 1st in Asia Pacific, while its 2018 reputation rankings placed it at 24th globally. In 2019, it ranked 27th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.

 

Faculty Profile

Dr. TAN Wee Kek

Dr. TAN Wee Kek

Senior Lecturer

Department of Information Systems & Analytics School of Computing National University of Singapore

Dr. TAN Wee Kek is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems & Analytics at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He is also a Fellow of the prestigious NUS Teaching Academy. He graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems in July 2013 and a Bachelor of Computing in Information Systems (1st Class Honours) in July 2007, both from the National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he attended Singapore Polytechnic and graduated with a Diploma in Computer Information Systems with Merit in July 2001.

 

His current primary research interests focus on consumer-based information technology (e.g., online decision aids, social computing, virtual worlds and consumer cloud services). Most of his research is based on design science, a well-established problem-solving paradigm that has been widely adopted in information systems research. His current secondary research interests focus on information systems education.

 

His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), and Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). His work has also been presented or is forthcoming in conferences such as ACM SIGMIS Computer Personnel Research Conference (SIGMIS-CPR), IFIP Working Group 8.2 Working Conference (IFIP WG8.2), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (ICHCI).

Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chain School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London.

 

In 2019, NTU was placed 11th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the sixth consecutive year in 2019. In addition, NTU was named the world’s fastest rising young university by Times Higher Education in 2015.

 

Faculty Profile

Prof. Lisa Winstanley

Prof. Lisa Winstanley

Assistant Professor

Visual Communication
School of Art, Design & Media
Nanyang Technological University

For the past decade, Assistant Professor Lisa Winstanley has worked internationally as a design educator, however her academic career is also supported by over 20 years of commercial experience; working in the UK as a creative practitioner and design consultant with clients such as, Nestlé, Cadbury and Vimto Soft Drinks.


Still practicing as a visual communicator, Prof. Lisa’s work has won many prestigious industry awards including, The Applied Arts Award, 2018 for Editorial Design, The World Wide Logo Design Awards (WOLDA) 2019 Gold Award and most recently her branding work has been awarded winner status in the Creative Quarterly Journal. Her poster design work has been selected as part of The Ecuador Poster Bienal 2018 and subsequently showcased across Latin America and Europe. Most notably, in the Ecuadorian House of Culture Benjamín Carrión and the University of the Americas. Prof. Lisa's poster design series entitled, Connection Lost, was exhibited at Manchester School of Art as part of Techno-storytelling: Past, Present, Future. 10th International Conference of the Image and her most recent poster designs were exhibited in the University of Florida's MetroLab Gallery for the Looking Good 20/20 exhibit, in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale’s 2020 Art & Design Week.


Prof. Lisa's current research reviews the links between design and trust focussing on two concomitant areas: ethical design practice and collaborative design practice. Applying a design thinking strategy to both her research and practice, Lisa has also authored several academic papers which investigate the various aspects of design thinking methodologies. With this in mind Lisa has been working with Corporate Gurukul since 2018 and has mentored students on the Global Research and Innovation Programme to develop their ideas and visual concepts following from their designing thinking process. Each group of students offer unique perspectives on the world and continually challenge the status quo, a challenge Prof. Lisa relishes!

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the first autonomous research university in Singapore. NUS is a comprehensive research university, offering a wide range of disciplines, including the sciences, medicine and dentistry, design and environment, law, arts and social sciences, engineering, business, computing and music at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 

The QS World University Rankings 2019 ranked NUS 11th in the world and 1st in Asia. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 placed NUS at 22nd in the world and 1st in Asia Pacific, while its 2018 reputation rankings placed it at 24th globally. In 2019, it ranked 27th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.

 

Faculty Profile

Dr. TAN Wee Kek

Dr. TAN Wee Kek

Senior Lecturer

Department of Information Systems & Analytics School of Computing National University of Singapore

Dr. TAN Wee Kek is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems & Analytics at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He is also a Fellow of the prestigious NUS Teaching Academy. He graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems in July 2013 and a Bachelor of Computing in Information Systems (1st Class Honours) in July 2007, both from the National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he attended Singapore Polytechnic and graduated with a Diploma in Computer Information Systems with Merit in July 2001.

 

His current primary research interests focus on consumer-based information technology (e.g., online decision aids, social computing, virtual worlds and consumer cloud services). Most of his research is based on design science, a well-established problem-solving paradigm that has been widely adopted in information systems research. His current secondary research interests focus on information systems education.

 

His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), and Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). His work has also been presented or is forthcoming in conferences such as ACM SIGMIS Computer Personnel Research Conference (SIGMIS-CPR), IFIP Working Group 8.2 Working Conference (IFIP WG8.2), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (ICHCI).

Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chain School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London.

 

In 2019, NTU was placed 11th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the sixth consecutive year in 2019. In addition, NTU was named the world’s fastest rising young university by Times Higher Education in 2015.

 

Faculty Profile

Prof. Lisa Winstanley

Prof. Lisa Winstanley

Assistant Professor

Visual Communication
School of Art, Design & Media
Nanyang Technological University

For the past decade, Assistant Professor Lisa Winstanley has worked internationally as a design educator, however her academic career is also supported by over 20 years of commercial experience; working in the UK as a creative practitioner and design consultant with clients such as, Nestlé, Cadbury and Vimto Soft Drinks.


Still practicing as a visual communicator, Prof. Lisa’s work has won many prestigious industry awards including, The Applied Arts Award, 2018 for Editorial Design, The World Wide Logo Design Awards (WOLDA) 2019 Gold Award and most recently her branding work has been awarded winner status in the Creative Quarterly Journal. Her poster design work has been selected as part of The Ecuador Poster Bienal 2018 and subsequently showcased across Latin America and Europe. Most notably, in the Ecuadorian House of Culture Benjamín Carrión and the University of the Americas. Prof. Lisa's poster design series entitled, Connection Lost, was exhibited at Manchester School of Art as part of Techno-storytelling: Past, Present, Future. 10th International Conference of the Image and her most recent poster designs were exhibited in the University of Florida's MetroLab Gallery for the Looking Good 20/20 exhibit, in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale’s 2020 Art & Design Week.


Prof. Lisa's current research reviews the links between design and trust focussing on two concomitant areas: ethical design practice and collaborative design practice. Applying a design thinking strategy to both her research and practice, Lisa has also authored several academic papers which investigate the various aspects of design thinking methodologies. With this in mind Lisa has been working with Corporate Gurukul since 2018 and has mentored students on the Global Research and Innovation Programme to develop their ideas and visual concepts following from their designing thinking process. Each group of students offer unique perspectives on the world and continually challenge the status quo, a challenge Prof. Lisa relishes!

Testimonials

Alumni Success

GRIP alumni are currently placed in Harvard University, Berkley, Stanford University, Princeton University, UCL London and SMU Singapore among others.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this programme benefit the participant?

  • Conduct research in a fun and engaging way to come up with original and innovative solutions
  • Receive project guidance, feedback, evaluation and endorsement by the faculties of National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Collaborate and compete with students from different schools and countries
  • Experience university and hostel life in National University of Singapore (NUS) and cultural immersion in Singapore
  • Get first-hand experience in entrepreneurship and management

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking gives participants a completely different perspective on problems. The process of design thinking allows them to creatively view at an existing issue. The Design Thinking methodology was later promoted and practised at Stanford University. Currently top companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, P&G, Deutsche Bank, Coca Cola, etc. use Design Thinking as an innovation tool.

Why is Design Thinking important?

The process of Design Thinking involves some serious brainstorming of fresh ideas, which can expand the learner’s knowledge. By putting the Design Thinking approach to use, participants are able to collaborate to get feedback, which thereby helps in creating an invaluable experience for end users.

Who conducts GRIP?

The Global Research Immersion Programme(GRIP), is conducted by Corporate Gurukul, Singapore. It is delivered by Corporate Gurukul’s certified Design Thinking Experts and faculty from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and National University of Singapore (NUS).

Where is GRIP conducted?

Please refer the schedule above.

How can I tell how much the participant has achieved after doing this programme?

GRIP is a completely hands-on programme. Students work in groups and every student has assigned roles and responsibilities. NTU & NUS professors assess each student and give feedback based on their presentations in Singapore. The knowledge of research methods, Design Thinking and the life skills learned during the program (team work, presentation, communication, time management, to name a few) will help the students transform and absorb a new approach to their decision making skills.

How is the programme coordinated from the school?

Every school assigns a dedicated coordinator (mostly student admission consultant) to facilitate the process along with Corporate Gurukul. This designated faculty member also travels with the students to Singapore.

Will the school provide a bus for the programme?

This is up to the school management. Some of the schools provide all the facilities, especially for boarders.

What are the dates for the programme?

Students generally travel in two batches – summer (May) and winter (December). The programme dates can be customized based on the school calendar if there are 15 or more students from the same school. If students want to apply externally, they can join the summer or winter batch based on their convenience.

What will be the timings for this programme?

Each session is of 5 to 6 hours. Days and timing are decided along with the school authorities based on students’ availability.

What is exact schedule in Singapore?

Please refer the schedule above

How do we register?

Once the interest form is filled by the student/parent, our team will get in touch with them with the detailed registration process.

Is there any flexibility in the Singapore programme (if I don’t want to do city tours and come back early as I am in Grade 10/12?

Yes, this can be worked out in certain cases. Although travel logistics in terms of safety need to be worked out with the parents and the school.

What are the requirements to earn all the programme completion documents?

Issuance of all certificates and the LoE will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

a.     The participant’s performance

b.     Completion of assignments and

c.     90% attendance during the academic internship

 

When will I get all the documents?

  • The certificates will be awarded during the Valedictory Ceremony at the end of the programme.
  • The LOE(s) will be posted to your respective institutes 60 days post the programme’s completion.

What is the duration of the project work in school? Is it sufficient for students to finish the project?

The project consists of experiential learning and is not theoretical. Students gather insights by interviewing people and come back in every session to move forward (the 5 phases of Design Thinking). Approximately 7-8 hours per week should be sufficient to successfully complete the programme.

Are we divided into groups for project work?

Yes, you will be assigned teams for project based learning and assignments. These teams typically consist of 4-5 members.

How are the groups determined?

In the introductory session, students are led through an exploration of their passion and interest areas. Groups are determined based on common interests.

How are the project domains assigned?

Project domains are assigned purely based on students’ interest and passions.

What if my passion and interest is unique and no one else is interested in that – can I do a solo project?

This can be allowed. But, group work is generally preferred. Most of the time common interest areas are aligned.

Who monitors the students during their self-directed research?

The Design Thinking Expert closely monitors the progress and guides the students. School authorities also help with on-ground execution.

If my team-mates are not working what can I do?

You can always communicate with the Design Thinking Expert. Our experts are very approachable and help out students in every way

Will I be able to manage my board exams along with this project?

Yes. The programme timelines are designed in a way that it does not hamper the student’s academic performance.

If I miss a session for GRIP training due to some emergency – how do I manage?

You need to inform the school and Corporate Gurukul team in advance. If possible, the trainer will schedule a slot with you to help you catch-up. You also have to coordinate with your group mates to get updates about current progress and next steps as it is a team effort.

What is not included in the programme fee?

  1. Local Transport in India
  2. International SIM Card
  3. Local Transport in Singapore for personal visits/sightseeing
  4. Medical expenses in Singapore
  5. Gym, laundry or any other hostel facility charges
  6. Stay in Singapore before or after the programme

How do you take care of the safety of the students while travelling to Singapore?

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. We have one faculty member from every school coming with the students to Singapore. The Design Thinking Expert of the batches also travel to Singapore with the students. On the ground, we have our local program management team throughout the stay in Singapore.

Where do we stay in Singapore?

You will stay at the university hostel in Singapore. The exact hostel address and facilities will be conveyed to you during the academic internship orientation. In case the university hostels are not available, you will be staying in hostels outside the campus. In such cases, coach services will be provided for transfer from the hostel to the university and back.

When should I arrive in Singapore?

The exact dates and timing will be issued to you formally upon successful admission for GRIP based on the training dates decided.

Where should I go when once I arrive in Singapore? Will Corporate Gurukul provide a pick up facility from the airport?

Corporate Gurukul will arrange for coach services for pick up from the airport and the drop at the hostel. The drop to the airport from hostel for return will also be arranged.

How much time does immigration take?

The immigration process takes typically 2-3 minutes per individual. Refer to the below links for the arrival and departure immigration process:

  1. On Arrival Immigration Process - https://youtu.be/yvL8nPEuQIE
  2. Departure Immigration Process - https://youtu.be/xgTHVn5y4Cs

What are the documents required for the immigration process in Singapore?

You will be required to show your passport, boarding pass and E-Visa to the immigration officer. They might ask for additional supporting documents as below. Please carry the following documents along with one set of photocopies (mandatory):

  1. Passport
  2. Offer Letter
  3. Admission Letter
  4. Visa Invite Letter
  5. E-Visa
  6. Personal Travel Insurance (if applied)
  7. 2 passport size photograph

Is there any travel checklist?

  1. Laptop (and charger) with mentioned specs:
  2. SIN $1000 Card/International Credit Card for personal expenses
  3. SIN $30-SIN $50 for SIM Card and international Calling
  4. Travel adapter for Singapore. Buy here.
  5. Mobile phone with charger
  6. Bathing Towel with preferred soap and shampoo
  7. Bedsheet (2 Nos.)
  8. Digital Camera
  9. Foldable Umbrella (it rains anytime/ any day in Singapore)
  10. Hair-cut and personal grooming (it costs 5 times that of India)
  11. Water Bottle
  12. Medical Kit (if applicable) A prescription is required for drugs administered for specific illnesses. You do not require a prescription for Over the Counter (OTC) drugs.
  13. Indian/ Western formals for trainings sessions and meetings
  14. One pair of black formal shoes
  15. Jacket/ Blazer/Suit for formal occasion/ photo-shoot
  16. Swim wear/ shorts/ slippers for the beach (though you can buy these in Singapore, they are costly)
  17. Carry a pair of sun-glasses for outdoors and the beach (remember Singapore is on the equator)
  18. School uniform
  19. Flight check-in baggage with locking facility (as per your luggage allowance)
  20. Refer carefully to the list of objects that CANNOT be carried in hand-carry baggage for the flight

Are there any check in/check out timing for the hostels?

The hostel booking will be done by Corporate Gurukul (if you have opted for accommodation) as per the following schedule:

  1. Hostel Check-in Time: 12:00 PM onwards
  2. Early check-in (same day) may be available if there is a vacancy.
  3. Hostel Check-out Time: Before 12:00 PM
  4. Late check-out (same day) will be chargeable on actuals. This amount must be paid by the
  5. participant at the time of check-out.

Can I book extra days at the hostel before or after the programme by paying extra?

No, the hostels are booked only for the programme duration. Should you wish to extend your stay, you will need to arrange for accommodation on your own.

What are the facilities in the hostel?

They will be confirmed one month prior to the programme commencement. Typical facilities include:

 

In Room -

  1. Non-Air-conditioned Room
  2. Single Bed
  3. One set of linen (Bedspread. Pillow cover, Thin Blanket)
  4. Study table and chair
  5. Wardrobe (with locking facility)
  6. Mobile pedestal
  7. Ceiling Fan
  8. Window curtains
  9. Wi-Fi

Common Facilities -

  1. Shower and Toilet Facilities
  2. Food court/restaurant near hostel (Veg and Non-veg)

Please note Sports and Gym facilities may not be accessible.

Is food available at the hostel?

There are food courts/restaurants near the hostel which serve a variety of food including Indian veg and non-vegetarian.

What is the dress code in the classroom?

  1. Please carry at least two sets of formals for introductory session and formal photo shoots and the valedictory ceremony. Please also carry your school uniforms and T-shirts.
  2. You can wear casuals during sessions unless you have been specifically asked to wear formals. Casuals include jeans, t-shirts, shirts, trousers, kurtis (for girls). Please do not wear shorts and slippers to class.

Is there any dress code in the hostel?

Shorts are allowed in the hostel for both boys and girls. Attire such as skimpy or revealing clothes or clothes with vulgar or offensive words or pictures should be avoided.

What if I fall sick or meet with an accident in Singapore?

Your travel insurance policy should cover all charges incurred for medical expenses. Please read all scheme related documents carefully for inclusions and exclusions. Corporate Gurukul will not be responsible for any personal expenses made which are covered or not covered by your insurance policy. Also, make sure you travel with enough money for an emergency.

Who do I contact during an emergency in Singapore?

Corporate Gurukul Programme Manager(s) typically stay in the same hostel as you. You can approach them for any help. Their details will be shared with you during orientation.

What kind of food do I get in Singapore?

Vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian food is easily available inside and outside the university campus. Studying in Singapore means there is a wide range of choice amongst Indian, Chinese, European, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian cuisines. Typically, 3 meals in a day should cost you between S$18- S$25. However, the estimate may vary as per your dining choices.

About GRIP

How does this programme benefit the participant?

  • Conduct research in a fun and engaging way to come up with original and innovative solutions
  • Receive project guidance, feedback, evaluation and endorsement by the faculties of National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Collaborate and compete with students from different schools and countries
  • Experience university and hostel life in National University of Singapore (NUS) and cultural immersion in Singapore
  • Get first-hand experience in entrepreneurship and management

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking gives participants a completely different perspective on problems. The process of design thinking allows them to creatively view at an existing issue. The Design Thinking methodology was later promoted and practised at Stanford University. Currently top companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, P&G, Deutsche Bank, Coca Cola, etc. use Design Thinking as an innovation tool.

Why is Design Thinking important?

The process of Design Thinking involves some serious brainstorming of fresh ideas, which can expand the learner’s knowledge. By putting the Design Thinking approach to use, participants are able to collaborate to get feedback, which thereby helps in creating an invaluable experience for end users.

Who conducts GRIP?

The Global Research Immersion Programme(GRIP), is conducted by Corporate Gurukul, Singapore. It is delivered by Corporate Gurukul’s certified Design Thinking Experts and faculty from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and National University of Singapore (NUS).

Where is GRIP conducted?

Please refer the schedule above.

How can I tell how much the participant has achieved after doing this programme?

GRIP is a completely hands-on programme. Students work in groups and every student has assigned roles and responsibilities. NTU & NUS professors assess each student and give feedback based on their presentations in Singapore. The knowledge of research methods, Design Thinking and the life skills learned during the program (team work, presentation, communication, time management, to name a few) will help the students transform and absorb a new approach to their decision making skills.

How is the programme coordinated from the school?

Every school assigns a dedicated coordinator (mostly student admission consultant) to facilitate the process along with Corporate Gurukul. This designated faculty member also travels with the students to Singapore.

Will the school provide a bus for the programme?

This is up to the school management. Some of the schools provide all the facilities, especially for boarders.

Applying for GRIP

What are the dates for the programme?

Students generally travel in two batches – summer (May) and winter (December). The programme dates can be customized based on the school calendar if there are 15 or more students from the same school. If students want to apply externally, they can join the summer or winter batch based on their convenience.

What will be the timings for this programme?

Each session is of 5 to 6 hours. Days and timing are decided along with the school authorities based on students’ availability.

What is exact schedule in Singapore?

Please refer the schedule above

How do we register?

Once the interest form is filled by the student/parent, our team will get in touch with them with the detailed registration process.

Is there any flexibility in the Singapore programme (if I don’t want to do city tours and come back early as I am in Grade 10/12?

Yes, this can be worked out in certain cases. Although travel logistics in terms of safety need to be worked out with the parents and the school.

Programme Completion Documents

What are the requirements to earn all the programme completion documents?

Issuance of all certificates and the LoE will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

a.     The participant’s performance

b.     Completion of assignments and

c.     90% attendance during the academic internship

 

When will I get all the documents?

  • The certificates will be awarded during the Valedictory Ceremony at the end of the programme.
  • The LOE(s) will be posted to your respective institutes 60 days post the programme’s completion.

Project Work

What is the duration of the project work in school? Is it sufficient for students to finish the project?

The project consists of experiential learning and is not theoretical. Students gather insights by interviewing people and come back in every session to move forward (the 5 phases of Design Thinking). Approximately 7-8 hours per week should be sufficient to successfully complete the programme.

Are we divided into groups for project work?

Yes, you will be assigned teams for project based learning and assignments. These teams typically consist of 4-5 members.

How are the groups determined?

In the introductory session, students are led through an exploration of their passion and interest areas. Groups are determined based on common interests.

How are the project domains assigned?

Project domains are assigned purely based on students’ interest and passions.

What if my passion and interest is unique and no one else is interested in that – can I do a solo project?

This can be allowed. But, group work is generally preferred. Most of the time common interest areas are aligned.

Who monitors the students during their self-directed research?

The Design Thinking Expert closely monitors the progress and guides the students. School authorities also help with on-ground execution.

If my team-mates are not working what can I do?

You can always communicate with the Design Thinking Expert. Our experts are very approachable and help out students in every way

Will I be able to manage my board exams along with this project?

Yes. The programme timelines are designed in a way that it does not hamper the student’s academic performance.

If I miss a session for GRIP training due to some emergency – how do I manage?

You need to inform the school and Corporate Gurukul team in advance. If possible, the trainer will schedule a slot with you to help you catch-up. You also have to coordinate with your group mates to get updates about current progress and next steps as it is a team effort.

Payment

What is not included in the programme fee?

  1. Local Transport in India
  2. International SIM Card
  3. Local Transport in Singapore for personal visits/sightseeing
  4. Medical expenses in Singapore
  5. Gym, laundry or any other hostel facility charges
  6. Stay in Singapore before or after the programme

Travel and Accommodation

How do you take care of the safety of the students while travelling to Singapore?

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. We have one faculty member from every school coming with the students to Singapore. The Design Thinking Expert of the batches also travel to Singapore with the students. On the ground, we have our local program management team throughout the stay in Singapore.

Where do we stay in Singapore?

You will stay at the university hostel in Singapore. The exact hostel address and facilities will be conveyed to you during the academic internship orientation. In case the university hostels are not available, you will be staying in hostels outside the campus. In such cases, coach services will be provided for transfer from the hostel to the university and back.

When should I arrive in Singapore?

The exact dates and timing will be issued to you formally upon successful admission for GRIP based on the training dates decided.

Where should I go when once I arrive in Singapore? Will Corporate Gurukul provide a pick up facility from the airport?

Corporate Gurukul will arrange for coach services for pick up from the airport and the drop at the hostel. The drop to the airport from hostel for return will also be arranged.

How much time does immigration take?

The immigration process takes typically 2-3 minutes per individual. Refer to the below links for the arrival and departure immigration process:

  1. On Arrival Immigration Process - https://youtu.be/yvL8nPEuQIE
  2. Departure Immigration Process - https://youtu.be/xgTHVn5y4Cs

What are the documents required for the immigration process in Singapore?

You will be required to show your passport, boarding pass and E-Visa to the immigration officer. They might ask for additional supporting documents as below. Please carry the following documents along with one set of photocopies (mandatory):

  1. Passport
  2. Offer Letter
  3. Admission Letter
  4. Visa Invite Letter
  5. E-Visa
  6. Personal Travel Insurance (if applied)
  7. 2 passport size photograph

Is there any travel checklist?

  1. Laptop (and charger) with mentioned specs:
  2. SIN $1000 Card/International Credit Card for personal expenses
  3. SIN $30-SIN $50 for SIM Card and international Calling
  4. Travel adapter for Singapore. Buy here.
  5. Mobile phone with charger
  6. Bathing Towel with preferred soap and shampoo
  7. Bedsheet (2 Nos.)
  8. Digital Camera
  9. Foldable Umbrella (it rains anytime/ any day in Singapore)
  10. Hair-cut and personal grooming (it costs 5 times that of India)
  11. Water Bottle
  12. Medical Kit (if applicable) A prescription is required for drugs administered for specific illnesses. You do not require a prescription for Over the Counter (OTC) drugs.
  13. Indian/ Western formals for trainings sessions and meetings
  14. One pair of black formal shoes
  15. Jacket/ Blazer/Suit for formal occasion/ photo-shoot
  16. Swim wear/ shorts/ slippers for the beach (though you can buy these in Singapore, they are costly)
  17. Carry a pair of sun-glasses for outdoors and the beach (remember Singapore is on the equator)
  18. School uniform
  19. Flight check-in baggage with locking facility (as per your luggage allowance)
  20. Refer carefully to the list of objects that CANNOT be carried in hand-carry baggage for the flight

Are there any check in/check out timing for the hostels?

The hostel booking will be done by Corporate Gurukul (if you have opted for accommodation) as per the following schedule:

  1. Hostel Check-in Time: 12:00 PM onwards
  2. Early check-in (same day) may be available if there is a vacancy.
  3. Hostel Check-out Time: Before 12:00 PM
  4. Late check-out (same day) will be chargeable on actuals. This amount must be paid by the
  5. participant at the time of check-out.

Can I book extra days at the hostel before or after the programme by paying extra?

No, the hostels are booked only for the programme duration. Should you wish to extend your stay, you will need to arrange for accommodation on your own.

What are the facilities in the hostel?

They will be confirmed one month prior to the programme commencement. Typical facilities include:

 

In Room -

  1. Non-Air-conditioned Room
  2. Single Bed
  3. One set of linen (Bedspread. Pillow cover, Thin Blanket)
  4. Study table and chair
  5. Wardrobe (with locking facility)
  6. Mobile pedestal
  7. Ceiling Fan
  8. Window curtains
  9. Wi-Fi

Common Facilities -

  1. Shower and Toilet Facilities
  2. Food court/restaurant near hostel (Veg and Non-veg)

Please note Sports and Gym facilities may not be accessible.

Is food available at the hostel?

There are food courts/restaurants near the hostel which serve a variety of food including Indian veg and non-vegetarian.

What is the dress code in the classroom?

  1. Please carry at least two sets of formals for introductory session and formal photo shoots and the valedictory ceremony. Please also carry your school uniforms and T-shirts.
  2. You can wear casuals during sessions unless you have been specifically asked to wear formals. Casuals include jeans, t-shirts, shirts, trousers, kurtis (for girls). Please do not wear shorts and slippers to class.

Is there any dress code in the hostel?

Shorts are allowed in the hostel for both boys and girls. Attire such as skimpy or revealing clothes or clothes with vulgar or offensive words or pictures should be avoided.

What if I fall sick or meet with an accident in Singapore?

Your travel insurance policy should cover all charges incurred for medical expenses. Please read all scheme related documents carefully for inclusions and exclusions. Corporate Gurukul will not be responsible for any personal expenses made which are covered or not covered by your insurance policy. Also, make sure you travel with enough money for an emergency.

Who do I contact during an emergency in Singapore?

Corporate Gurukul Programme Manager(s) typically stay in the same hostel as you. You can approach them for any help. Their details will be shared with you during orientation.

What kind of food do I get in Singapore?

Vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian food is easily available inside and outside the university campus. Studying in Singapore means there is a wide range of choice amongst Indian, Chinese, European, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian cuisines. Typically, 3 meals in a day should cost you between S$18- S$25. However, the estimate may vary as per your dining choices.