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Total local immersion

By Cheryl Tan, School of Business

  

SHARP Electronics (S) Pte Ld played host to the HITP students for an afternoon through a talk and filling the students in on internship opportunities in Singapore.
HITP student, Tomoko Toma, discovered her love for Indian food after trying out the delicacies at FC3.

Attending mosaic art classes; learning mtv dance routines; picking up conversational English skills. Feasting on delectable local cuisines, as well as visiting tourist attractions such as Sentosa and taking a walk above the trees at McRitchie Reservoir.

 

Imagine doing all these activities over a span of two weeks. An impossible feat? Not really.


Between 28 August 2006 and 12 September 2006, Singapore Polytechnic played host to twelve students from Hiroshima Institute of Technology Polytechnic (HITP). The students were to attend classes alongside SP students, visit Japanese corporations in Singapore such as Panasonic and Sharp, as well as indulge themselves in local culture and cuisines.

 

In addition to attending classes and visiting tourist attractions, students from HITP also caught a glimpse of the facilities at the School of Business (SB) and the School of Media & Info-communication Technology (SMIT).

 
HITP students got to try out the virtual set at the School of Business's Digital Media Studio, as well as hone their on-screen presentation skills.

Staff and students from HITP were equally impressed by the facilities afforded to SP students. Mr. Hidekazu Miyaji, Lecturer- HITP in Computer Graphics Design was so impressed by the Digital Media Studio (DMS) at SB that he felt "inspired to continue learning and creating even better designs".

 

A homestay activity was also included in the program, where HITP students were hosted by families of SP's Student Exchange Club (SEC) members. The activity helped to immerse the HITP students in Singapore's culture as well as provided a comprehensive understanding into Singaporean familial lifestyle and habits through first hand experience.

HITP students were treated to a jamming session at the exclusive recording studio at the School of Media and Info-comm Technology, a rare treat even for most Singapore Polytechnic students.

Second-year HITP student, Yuki Kozasa from the Diploma in Information Systems Engineering said that the experience was “interesting and enjoyable despite problems communicating with my host family because of the language barrier at first but we eventually got along well.”

 

Explaining the benefits of the student exchange program, Mr. Tsuneo Yoshimoto, Deputy Prinicipal-HITP, said: “The student exchange program has strengthened the relationship between HITP and SP. Also, students from Japan and Singapore can interact and learn from each other, which is a very good experience for all of us. I hope that more students can participate (in this program) in the future.”

 

The relationship, into its 10th year now, sees students from SP and HITP visiting one the respective polytechnics annually during summer holiday.

 

Prior of the student exchange program, two SP students awarded with the Japanese Language Award visited HITP during the June term-break. The award is jointly sponsored by SP and Hiroshima-Singapore Association and all students reading Japanese with the Department of Language and Communication (LC) are eligible for application.

 

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