Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Part 4 - Overseas Opportunities for Students - Alvinology

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Part 4 – Overseas Opportunities for Students

This is the final part in a 4 part blog series to give an introduction to my alma mater, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

There is an Open House from 9.30am today and you can stand to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE. Details:

  • Venue: Nanyang Auditorium, Level 3, Nanyang Avenue, Nanyang Technological University
  • Date: 9th March (this Saturday)
  • Time: 9.30am to 6.30pm

If you are unable to make it down today, you can read my blog series. Better still, visit the WKWSCI official facebook page and official school website to find out more.

After covering on who is Wee Kim Wee; career opportunities and introducing some of the alumni, I will cover on overseas opportunities available for students.

As a student of WKWSCI, will you have travel opportunities?

WKWSCI students on an overseas trip
WKWSCI students on an overseas trip

Here is the answer the school provided:

Plenty! The courses that are offered at WKWSCI may go beyond the classroom in pursuit of knowledge, but some even go beyond borders, which is something invaluable in widening our undergraduates’ perspectives.

Here are just some of the exciting overseas opportunities that the School has to offer to their students:

Fully funded by the Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund, the Short Overseas Journalism (SOJOURN) practicum exposes students to the challenge of reporting in an overseas setting.

During pre-departure meetings, students learn about the destination, plan their stories and assist in making arrangements for their trip. The field trip of 4 to 7 days involves intensive reporting, briefings and site visits.

Students on the SOJOURN programme travel, see, taste, and experience for the reader rather than for themselves, while empathizing with and understanding the people and the culture of the country they visit – countries as diverse as Vietnam and North Korea.

In this course, students craft a comprehensive destination marketing plan for clients from tourism boards of countries like Sri Lanka and Spain.

At the start of the programme, students are broken into groups and put into real-world agency situations, creating competing pitches. They are flown to and immersed in the destinations they are about to market, briefed by the client in their offices. They then conduct market research, strategic thinking, media planning, creative execution and consumer testing, right up to the final closed-door client presentation.

Aimed at promoting active experiential learning through overseas attachments to work and study in rising economies abroad, the Global Immersion Programme enables students to gain the cultural intelligence to lead people of different backgrounds and provides them with a broader perspective of their field of study.

Students going to China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam have the chance to be professionally attached to leading multinational companies and start-ups in well-known tech parks.

During my time in WKWSCI, I did made use of a travel opportunity in my final year to go on a two weeks all-expenses paid exchange program to China. I visited major cities like Shanghai and Beijing and made friends with many Chinese students from top universities there like Fudan University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

My regret was not to have traveled more!

I had good grades then and would have qualified for most of the programs. Being a studious Beng who only learned how to use a computer in the first year of university, I was too busy studying and adjusting…

If you are a prospective student considering studying at WKWSCI and would like to hear from an alumni, feel free to drop me an email. I promise to give as candid a reply as I can. Your questions will be kept confidential – I will not publish them here without your permission.

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