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USA Overseas Industrial Training Program

27 Oct 2010
USA Overseas Industrial Training Program

The School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) organised an overseas industrial training programme for 60 students from Diploma in Information Technology (DIT), Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) and Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA from 19th to 27th September 2010.  The programme involed study trips to San JosState University, Stanford university, The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) as well as workshops organised by eBay, Facebook, IDEO, Intel and Loyalty Play Holdings.

The USA OITP trip was an enriching study trip where students were occupied with lectures, company visits and university tours. But besides the knowledge gained, it was fun-filled with good food, good culture, good scenery, good people and of course the great company!

“The trip has given me many memorable memories for the later years to come, but more importantly, it has allowed me to build up on our friendships as well as to open my eyes, to see the world as it is. How different the western culture and lifestyle compared to us, as well as to meet people with brillant minds who are in various disciplines and to hear their different thoughts and opinions on subjects.”, said Ng Eng Liang, a year 2 DIT student.

“Sure I didn’t get to see Hollywood, other states and meet Justin Bieber but what I learned was way more valuable than that. I learned about the people, their culture. I learned their way of open learning in groups and discussion and that if you have a idea don’t just throw it away. Develop it, polish it and publish it. More importantly, I learned something entirely new which is design thinking. Its something I am considering doing in the near future. It was only 7 days I spend in the US but it was enough to turn me into a believer.”, said Pravin, a year 2 DISM student.

“The trip was meaningful as we learnt many things that we had never encountered. We learnt how to use design thinking to implement things that involve our everyday lives. Whether or not it is just an imagination or idea, it doesn't really matter as long as it innovates us. Moreover, we got to know new people and bonded a tad more with out classmates and friends.”, said Janelle Zou, a year 2 DBIT student.

“In conclusion, this OITP was very meaningful. This trip broadens my horizon, and I learnt many things that would not be taught in school. The trip also helped triggered me to think out of the box more often, and how to act accordingly to different circumstances. I had learnt how to adapt to different weather conditions, how to be independent and take care of myself. I'm very thankful to the lecturers who took care of everyone, it had been hard on them.”, said Doreen Gan, a year 2 DBIT student.

A glimpse of the origins of the microprocessor at Intel Museuem

Anxiously awaiting their turn to enter facebook’s head office, workplace of facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg

Visit to Facebook,home to the world’s largest social networking site

Home of one of the world’s top online auctioning website, ebay

Site tour of San JosState University

Exploring design thinking at Stanford University

Visit to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Exploring the UCLA campus

At the hotel in California, Los Angeles

Fun at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Los Angeles before the trip back home

Having fun with Pluto

Off on a ‘screamin’ roller coaster ride!



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