New Colombo Plan Students in Singapore

The 2014 Nanotechnology Study Tour - Singapore is a 12 day short program conducted in Singapore by La Trobe University in partnership with National University of Singapore (NUS), the support of leading Singapore research institutions and the Victorian Government Business Office - South East Asia.

The program has enrolled 12 students and commenced 28 June 2014. The program has received funding under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Scheme - Tranche 1.

The Study Tour comprises five elements:

  1. laboratory visits and presentations at NUS, hosted by NUS academic staff with the participation of local NUS students, and a similar program at Nanyang Technological University;
  2. laboratory visits, facility tours and interactions at leading Singapore research organisations, including the Institute for Materials Research and Engineering, SIMTech, the Institute for Medical Biology and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology at CREATE;
  3. a reciprocal visit to the Materials Science program at Republic Polytechnic;
  4. a cultural program including activities sponsored and arranged by NUS; and
  5. a visit to Australian High Commission for a briefing and orientation on the Australia-Singapore relationship.

Students are enrolled in the La Trobe NAN3NST Nanotechnology Study Tour subject. This subject envisages 7 assessment elements including:

  1. writing on the Australia-Singapore relationship;
  2. maintaining a reflective journal and blogging about experiences on a dedicated blog site;
  3. writing on selected laboratory visits, undertaking group case studies of selected institutes; 
  4. writing on research centre visits;
  5. making a group presentation on return to Australia; and
  6. a photography competition.

You can follow the students' experiences throughout the Study Tour on the official blog.

Photo: 12 students visiting the Australian High Commission hosted by Jennifer Burdick (Second Secretary) Australian High Commission Singapore (left) and Tracy Harris (Trade Commissioner - Education) Austrade (centre).  The group were accompanied by Dr Dongchen Qi (far right) and Dr Paul Pigram (taking photo) from La Trobe University.

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