Twenty SEE students from the Bachelor of Engineering in Energy Science and Engineering programme enjoyed the overseas studying experience at Nanyang Technological University from 2nd July to 30th July 2017. This four-week summer programme was co-organised by The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) via the Office of Global Education & Mobility and SEE. Participating students studied two courses in the summer programme. In addition to classes and laboratory sessions, students also learnt about foreign cultures, heritage and lifestyle through different cultural immersion activities.
During the four weeks in NTU, students took two courses known as "Emerging Technologies in Energy Conversion and Storage" and "Chemical Engineering Fundamentals". In "Emerging Technologies in Energy Conversion and Storage", students learnt the various sustainable ways of storing and generating energy for future use. Topics covered included catalysts design, gas to liquid and coal liquefaction, solar photovoltaic cells, different fuel cells and hydrogen storage techniques. Meanwhile, "Chemical Engineering Fundamentals" focused on mass and energy balance. Students learnt to analyse practical problems in a systematic way. In the course, students had the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in a laboratory experiment by making aspirin.
In the spare time, students joined three main cultural immersion activities - “Singapore tour”, “Peranakan tour” and “Prata making”. Participants toured around Singapore to see both modern and historic sides of this beautiful country. Students were also led to Little India, Arab Street and China Town to experience the unique cultures of the three main ethnics groups in Singapore. Students also visited a Peranakan museum to learn about the life of Peranakans and their traditional culture. One of the highlights of the cultural immersion activities was prata making. Students were offered the opportunity in making round flat bread that is soft in the inside and crispy on the outside!
During the summer programme, students resided in student residence on the NTU campus where they could interact with students from different backgrounds. These out-of-classroom socialising opportunities had exposed students to different cultures and enhanced their international outlook.