A team consisting of 15 Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management (DEPM) students across Year 2 and Year 3 embarked on a study trip to Brisbane and Gold coast, Australia on the 8th - 15th September 2013 with Mrs Lee Mee Fah. The trip was packed with many learning opportunities in areas relevant to DEPM courses. The itinerary also included other fun activities which helped in broadening our perspectives—including teaching us how to be independent and embracing of existing cultural differences.
The study trip encompassed visits to three universities, namely St Lucia Campus, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and Bond University in Gold Coast. The schools provided us a good understanding of Australia’s education system and the degree programs they provide in relation to event management. Besides attending their talks, one of the most enlightening aspect of the university visits was campus tours lead by Singaporean student representatives as they were able to convey their personal experiences of studying in their respective universities. The general hospitality made the university-learning journeys particularly engaging and motivating.
The universities arranged different activities and perspectives. For example, the University of Queensland provided great insights of the various career opportunities available in the Australian events industry, while at Queensland’s University of Technology, we were quizzed on our general knowledge of the entertainment industry. Bond University shared case studies such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games which Australia hosted. All these activities were educational and enriching.
Besides university visits and seminars, there were also interesting places of attractions arranged for us to visit. There were the Jupiters Conrad Casino, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld Theme Park, and Queensland Cultural Centre. All visits to the attractions were benefitting as they were prepped with personal tours, introductions, and Q&A sessions. A main highlight of the trip would be the site inspection conducted by the our accommodation—Hotel Grand Chancellor Gold Coast. The hotel manager allowed us access to the establishment’s newly refurbished penthouse located on the highest floor.
There was also a brief stopover at Surfer’s Paradise Beach and Gold Coast’s ‘pasar malam’ or night market that only take place on Wednesday and Friday nights. The night markets were unlike those found in Singapore as they sold a large variety of handicrafts, food, souvenirs and clothing.
Last but not least, we felt most fortunate to attend the Brisbane Night Festival as we had the first-hand experience of witnessing how the event was planned, organized, and executed.
In conclusion, this study trip provided great memories and insights. All of this would not have been made possible without the hard work of our beloved Mrs Lee and the school, as well as our awesome tour conductor, Scott Muray. The entire experience not only increased our understanding about the country, the education, the people, the culture; and of course not forgetting the new friendships forged.
Article contributed by Year 3 Students of DEPM: Nur Aishaina Yanti Binte Abu Bakar,Josephine Toh Ke HuiSidik and Siti Khadijah Binte Abdul Jalil