Global Research and Innovation Programme (GRIP) - LIVE Online

Starts: December 2022

About the Programme

Eyeing that dream University?

Build your skills and university profile with an outstanding Research Project!

 

Research projects are a great way to stand apart from your peers and discover your area of interest in depth. It also helps in developing critical thinking, collaboration, self-discipline, and initiative.

 

Research, when done right and presented appropriately, is a great way to showcase your talent and ability in the chosen domain. Pick up a passion project that helps build your theme.

 

The Global Research Innovation Programme (GRIP) focuses on research-based learning and problem solving through projects. You will be guided and assessed by faculty from National University of Singapore (NUS) .Our in-house certified research mentors also guide students through project-focussed consultation, mock and feedback sessions.

 

Over 12 weeks, you conduct empathy-led primary research, define the problem, and evolve innovative solution(s). Your approach needs to be inter-disciplinary and aimed at creating prototypes that are user friendly and can be commercialized.

 

At the end of the programme, you are assessed by NUS for the projects. You will also earn a Letter of Evaluation (LOE) for your work from NUS, Singapore.

At a Glance
Duration : 8 Weeks
Grades : 8 - 12
Academic Fee : SGD 1599
Programme Outcome : Transcript from NUS and NTU
Application Deadline : 5th April, 2021
Duration : 12 weeks
Research Guidance Fee :

SGD 1599

Learner Profile : Grade 8 -12 students
Mode of Delivery : LIVE Online
Programme Outcome : Letter of Evaluation from NUS

 

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What to expect at the internship?

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.

 

Sessions FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Module-1 (Empathy)
Session 1

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Introduction to Design Thinking

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Design questionnaire for target audiences
Session 2

DURATION: 3 hours

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

DURATION: 28 hours

  • Conduct empathy-led primary research

16 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-2 (DEFINE PROBLEM)
Session 3

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Assessment and feedback on Empathy Maps

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Post feedback, go back to the target audiences for deeper insights
Session 4

DURATION: 3 hours

  • ‘DEFINE’ the problem to be solved

4 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-3 (IDEATION)
Session 5

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Review Problem Definition

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Re-define the Problem (if needed)
Session 6

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Ideate and evolve the ‘BIG IDEA’

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Sketch and detail the Big Idea

8 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-4 (BUILDING PROTOTYPE)
Session 7

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Introduction to ‘PROTOTYPE’ process

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Create PROTOTYPE
Session 8

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Continuous guidance and feedback during prototype development

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Test PROTOTYPE

24 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-5 (PRESENTATION)
Session 9

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Mock Presentation & Faculty Feedback

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Team work on final presentation based on faculty feedback

8 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Session 10

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Final Presentation & Assessment

 

Note:

  1. The content and sequence of the programme may undergo minor changes to cater to the profile of the registered participants.
  2. Readings will be assigned each week.

Assessment Criteria

Students are assessed on the following parameters during the whole programme by the NUS faculty:

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

 

Sessions FACILITATOR INTERVENTION SELF-DIRECTED WORK
Module-1 (Empathy)
Session 1

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Introduction to Design Thinking

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Design questionnaire for target audiences
Session 2

DURATION: 3 hours

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

DURATION: 28 hours

  • Conduct empathy-led primary research

16 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-2 (DEFINE PROBLEM)
Session 3

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Assessment and feedback on Empathy Maps

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Post feedback, go back to the target audiences for deeper insights
Session 4

DURATION: 3 hours

  • ‘DEFINE’ the problem to be solved

4 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-3 (IDEATION)
Session 5

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Review Problem Definition

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Re-define the Problem (if needed)
Session 6

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Ideate and evolve the ‘BIG IDEA’

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Sketch and detail the Big Idea

8 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-4 (BUILDING PROTOTYPE)
Session 7

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Introduction to ‘PROTOTYPE’ process

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Create PROTOTYPE
Session 8

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Continuous guidance and feedback during prototype development

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Test PROTOTYPE

24 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Module-5 (PRESENTATION)
Session 9

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Mock Presentation & Faculty Feedback

DURATION: 8 hours

  • Team work on final presentation based on faculty feedback

8 Hours - Guidance and Support by Mentors

Session 10

DURATION: 3 hours

  • Final Presentation & Assessment

 

Note:

  1. The content and sequence of the programme may undergo minor changes to cater to the profile of the registered participants.
  2. Readings will be assigned each week.
Assessment

Assessment Criteria

Students are assessed on the following parameters during the whole programme by the NUS faculty:

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

Admissions

Admissions to GRIP are highly selective. Our selection criteria have evolved over the last 14 years to reflect characteristics embodied by our most successful interns or our global empathetic leaders. In addition to these criteria, we found successful Interns display and articulate the following qualities: compassion, pursuit of excellence, are curious and dynamic, enjoy learning, and strive to make an impact personally and professionally. Be prepared to talk about your accomplishments and how you have dealt with challenges when you apply.

Certificates

The following Certificates 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 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.

 

NUS is currently ranked 11th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2022-2023. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings  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

Associate Professor

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

Dr. TAN Wee Kek is currently an Associate Professor 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).

National University of Singapore

The National University of 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.

 

NUS is currently ranked 11th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2022-2023. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings  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

Associate Professor

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

Dr. TAN Wee Kek is currently an Associate Professor 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).

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Success Stories

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this programme benefit the student?

The student:

  • Conducts research in a fun and engaging way to come up with original and innovative solutions
  • Gets first-hand experience in entrepreneurship and management
  • Receives project guidance, feedback, evaluation and endorsement by the faculty from – National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Collaborates and competes with students from different schools and countries
  • Experiences university and hostel life in National University of Singapore (NUS) and cultural Innovation in Singapore

'Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.' - Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

Design Thinking gives participants an opportunity to take a look at problems from a completely different perspective. The process of design thinking allows them to look at an existing issue using creativity. IDEO started the concept of Design Thinking. 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. have implemented Design Thinking methodology as a tool for innovation.

Design Thinking aligns with Corporate Gurukul’s Learning Model i.e Know, Practise, Perform and Reflect. The entire process of Design Thinking takes a holistic and human centred approach to problem solving. It involves some serious brainstorming and the formulation of fresh ideas, which can expand the learner’s knowledge. By putting Design Thinking approach to use, participants are able to collaborate with one another to get feedback, which thereby helps in creating an invaluable experience for end users.

Global Research Innovation Programme (GRIP), is conducted by Corporate Gurukul, Singapore and delivered with Corporate Gurukul’s certified mentors and educators and research experts from National University of Singapore (NUS).

GRIP will be conducted online where student’s will interact with NUS faculty through ONLINE LIVE classes to ideate their findings of primary research, build prototypes and present their projects to NUS educators and mentors and get their Letter of Evaluation (LoE) from the university.

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

If a school is involved on GRIP Online process, the school assigns a dedicated coordinator (mostly student counsellor) to facilitate the process with Corporate Gurukul

What are the dates for the programme?

Kindly refer the schedule on website

Each session is of 4 hours. The sessions will be held over Saturday/ Sunday. The exact date time will be conveyed before the batch begins.

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

You need to inform 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 are the requirements to earn all the programme completion documents?

Issuance of LoE will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

a.     The participant’s performance

b.     Completion of assignments

c.     90% attendance during the academic Programme

 

The certificates LOEs will be issued to you after 45 working days post-completion of the internship. These completion documents are issued online.

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

The project is experiential and not theoretical. Students gather insights by interviewing real life 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.

Yes, you will be assigned teams for project work and assignments. These teams typically consist of 4-5 members and are multidisciplinary in nature.

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

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

Individual projects are not allowed. Group work is preferred. Most of the time common interest areas are aligned in any batch

Corporate Gurukul mentors closely monitor the progress and guide the students through self-directed research work, wherever necessary.

You are encouraged to troubleshoot your own group challenges. You can always communicate with Corporate Gurukul mentors. Our experts are very approachable and help out students in every way to resolve any challenges.

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

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.

How do we register?

If you are keen to apply, please sign up on our website and fill in the Application Form on the dashboard. Our team will get in touch with you for next steps.

The payment deadlines will be mentioned in your ‘Offer Letter’. You are eligible for the ‘Offer Letter’ only if you are selected.

About GRIP

How does this programme benefit the student?

The student:

  • Conducts research in a fun and engaging way to come up with original and innovative solutions
  • Gets first-hand experience in entrepreneurship and management
  • Receives project guidance, feedback, evaluation and endorsement by the faculty from – National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Collaborates and competes with students from different schools and countries
  • Experiences university and hostel life in National University of Singapore (NUS) and cultural Innovation in Singapore

'Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.' - Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

Design Thinking gives participants an opportunity to take a look at problems from a completely different perspective. The process of design thinking allows them to look at an existing issue using creativity. IDEO started the concept of Design Thinking. 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. have implemented Design Thinking methodology as a tool for innovation.

Design Thinking aligns with Corporate Gurukul’s Learning Model i.e Know, Practise, Perform and Reflect. The entire process of Design Thinking takes a holistic and human centred approach to problem solving. It involves some serious brainstorming and the formulation of fresh ideas, which can expand the learner’s knowledge. By putting Design Thinking approach to use, participants are able to collaborate with one another to get feedback, which thereby helps in creating an invaluable experience for end users.

Global Research Innovation Programme (GRIP), is conducted by Corporate Gurukul, Singapore and delivered with Corporate Gurukul’s certified mentors and educators and research experts from National University of Singapore (NUS).

GRIP will be conducted online where student’s will interact with NUS faculty through ONLINE LIVE classes to ideate their findings of primary research, build prototypes and present their projects to NUS educators and mentors and get their Letter of Evaluation (LoE) from the university.

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

If a school is involved on GRIP Online process, the school assigns a dedicated coordinator (mostly student counsellor) to facilitate the process with Corporate Gurukul

Applying for GRIP

What are the dates for the programme?

Kindly refer the schedule on website

Each session is of 4 hours. The sessions will be held over Saturday/ Sunday. The exact date time will be conveyed before the batch begins.

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

You need to inform 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.

Programme Completion Documents

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

Issuance of LoE will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

a.     The participant’s performance

b.     Completion of assignments

c.     90% attendance during the academic Programme

 

The certificates LOEs will be issued to you after 45 working days post-completion of the internship. These completion documents are issued online.

Project Work

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

The project is experiential and not theoretical. Students gather insights by interviewing real life 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.

Yes, you will be assigned teams for project work and assignments. These teams typically consist of 4-5 members and are multidisciplinary in nature.

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

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

Individual projects are not allowed. Group work is preferred. Most of the time common interest areas are aligned in any batch

Corporate Gurukul mentors closely monitor the progress and guide the students through self-directed research work, wherever necessary.

You are encouraged to troubleshoot your own group challenges. You can always communicate with Corporate Gurukul mentors. Our experts are very approachable and help out students in every way to resolve any challenges.

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

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

How do we register?

If you are keen to apply, please sign up on our website and fill in the Application Form on the dashboard. Our team will get in touch with you for next steps.

The payment deadlines will be mentioned in your ‘Offer Letter’. You are eligible for the ‘Offer Letter’ only if you are selected.