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A day at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Singapore Polytechnic's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was at the Asian Civilisations Museum for their annual staff planning retreat on 10 Nov 06.

By Safura Bte Anwar


 

Our lamp is the most beautiful one!

Singapore Polytechnic's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) was at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) for their annual staff planning retreat on 10 November 06. For this retreat, staff not only chose their own groups but they also chose the areas for the planning sessions for greater participation and ownership. Those areas were: Curriculum & Facilities, Technology, Human Capital, Branding/Relationship, Laboratory Facilities and IT/QA/Administrative Service Support. The purpose of those sessions was to bring staff together to deliberate on issues that will shape the School's plan for the coming year in order for the School to achieve its goals and vision.

 

Staff planning the future of EEE

Staff were also involved in team learning sessions such as "Murder in the Museum", "Prada of Lamps" and "Shades of Different Lights" conducted with co-facilitation by the museum staff and EEE lecturers.

 

After lunch, staff were also treated to an interesting and enlightening talk by Mr Adrin Loi, executive chairman of Ya Kun Kaya Toast. His talk, ` Entrepreneurship - The Ya Kun story" described what it took for the home-grown kaya and toast stall to grow from one outlet to more than 40 in Singapore and Asia.

 

Mr Adrin Loi, executive chairman of Ya Kun Kaya Toast sharing his success story with EEE staff

Choosing the museum to hold the staff retreat seemed a very unlikely choice for a School often associated with everything technical. Perhaps the theme for the retreat, SEEEing with new eyes - Education and Training in Engineering, summed it up. From how the museum has changed its way to educate its visitors and display their artefacts, it is hoped that the School of EEE would be similarly inspired to continue to make its courses and training attractive and relevant for the years to come.

Retreat organising committee with Director of SEEE, Dr Chong.
 

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