Immersing into a New Culture
The China Immersion Programme, currently offered by the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) is a partnership between Singapore Polytechnic, School of Business and Suzhou University. Final year students are immersed into the existing classes at Suzhou University for 17 weeks. The six students went to Suzhou University from September 2009 to January 2010. They gained a deeper understanding of the political, social, cultural and economic environment in China. This annual programme aims at providing students with the best learning enriching learning experience.
Edward Tay said, “This is a program for anyone. Give your poly life a beautiful full stop. Finish up poly final semester like no others! Experience living in China, experience life in a foreign university.”
“It will be an experience of a lifetime, experiencing sub-zero temperatures and making new friends. I enjoyed attending school and acquiring knowledge from my Chinese classes. Exercising was my past time; see me at the basketball courts, running track, and constantly increasing the number of indoor exercises, crunches, push-ups. I felt so healthy despite the cold, freezing weather.”
Jerry Siak continues, “I have nothing but nice things to say about local students studying in Suzhou University. They are very friendly, generous to friends and generally a great helpful bunch, willing to help me in various situations without any slight hesitation.”
“Independence is a virtue much valued and acquired during my stay in China. Everything from daily essentials and maintenance of room to washing of clothes has to be taken care of. Decision making is vital too; there is no one to tell us what to do or where to go. We have to make decisions ourselves and have to face up to the possibility that we may have made the wrong decisions now and then. All these are essential when I was going through the immersion programme in China.”
“Living and studying in Suzhou also allowed me to learn how to work and live in a different environment. This is something that is useful and is also what I will not be able to learn from the textbooks.” says Feng Yu.
Lynette was all praise for the program, and she benefitted from the modules offered by the university.
Kian Siang said, “Being a child born in the 1980s, what I experience is the results of other’s efforts. Seeing the busy streets with constructions in Suzhou gave me the opportunity to experience the developments of a city. I can now appreciate better that the development of Singapore cannot be taken for granted.”
“I enlarged my circle of friends in China. I appreciated the networking opportunities and friendships established with foreign friends.”
Shi Ping concluded, “The Suzhou Immersion Programme was an enriching and fulfilling programme, and it has benefitted me in numerous aspects, ranging from knowledge and cultural understanding to the overall development of my character and personality. I would strongly urge those who have a similar opportunity for such programme to apply without hesitant.”