Overseas Experience
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A group of 6 students from the course of Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management recently took part in the annual TAITRA MICE Destination Marketing Contest held from 19th to 21st September 2017 at the Taiwan International Convention Center, Taiwan. This year’s contest was slightly tougher as the team needed to submit a qualifying proposal and a short video before being invited to take part in the finals to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.

In the finals, Team SPark, comprising of Year 2 students, Cheong Zu Yuan, Ivan Boey, Ting Wai Yin, and Year 3 students Lyselle Yap, K Anusha and Chua Meifang did well enough to win 2nd prize in the “English Marketing Presentation” and 3rd Prize in “Exhibition Marketing Award” from a selection of 17 finalists, of which, Singapore Polytechnic was the only team that was not an university.

The teams came from all over Asia, such as China, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Vietnam. Our team did well enough to impress the judges with our theme; “Think MICE, Think Singapore”.

However, as much as the team trained hard, we played hard as well. Just one day before, they got to visit Taipei’s “must-go” tourist spots to learn more about their culture and busk in the activities that the venues provided. They visited the famous “Jiu-fen” Old Street Market, “Shi-Fen” Old Street to release Sky Lanterns and “Ximending” to immerse in the youth culture.

As Team Captain Lyselle Yap put it across; “The contest was definitely a fruitful and enriching experience. It was worth all our late nights, sweat and tears. To represent Singapore Polytechnic, and even Singapore, was such an honour, and we are glad we didn’t let them down. On a side note, it was also an incredible opportunity to meet people of different countries and from all walks of life.”

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ICAEW South East Asia Business Challenge 2017: SP Accountancy awarded the Most Collaborative Team Award

On 19th May 2017, 6 of our SP Accountancy students went to Kuala Lumpur to represent Singapore in the ICAEW South East Asia Business Challenge 2017 which is organised by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a globally recognised leader in the accounting and finance profession. There were a total of 12 teams from 6 countries namely, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. Together with National University of Singapore (NUS), we were representing Singapore in this competition. We were the only team that was not from a university.

This challenge was very intense as we were give only 90 minutes to read, analyse, formulate our recommendations and deliver a full presentation. On top of that, we were given a thick stack of papers for our business case study. Under such a time crunch, we realised that the allocation of work is very important. Therefore, we separated ourselves into smaller groups whereby we have one person doing only PowerPoint Slides with the information given by other group members who are doing the questions. We also have one person to overlook everything and to make sure that we can complete the case study in time.

On top of the business case study, we were also given an additional piece of challenge halfway into the competition. We had to incorporate the additional questions into our presentation to secure more points. As we were very engrossed in the business case, we were all in shock when the additional challenge arrived. However, we managed to stay calm and were able to answer the questions in the additional challenge.

Given only 6 minutes to present this case study, our presentation had to be very concise, straight-forward and accurate. We had a short time to memorise our script and present in front of the judges and other university students. Under the immense pressure, we were able to smoothly carry out our presentation. However, we faced some difficulties during the Q&A when one of the judges posted a complicated question which caught us off guard. Though it was a tough question which we have not learnt in school yet, we did our best to answer it.

Being the only Polytechnic team in the competition, we are extremely proud to say that our students won the Most Collaborative Team Award thanks to the camaraderie of our team. To me, this challenge was really an eye-opener as I have learnt to construct accurate solutions and analyse business cases from different perspectives and deliver a professional presentation under a very short notice.

To conclude, the ICAEW South East Asia Business Challenge was definitely one of the most intense competition I have ever participated. However, it is also the most memorable and unforgettable experience I ever had. As a business student, I would strongly encourage my peers and juniors to take part in not just the ICAEW Southeast Asia Business Challenge next year but also other competitions to gain more exposure and learn beyond just school projects and assignments.

Written by : Guan Xiaoyan, DAC/FT/3A/06

Nine students and one staff from the Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) course embarked on a 8-day Immersion Programme to Hakodate, Japan. The programme was sponsored by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency and organised by the Nomata Gakuen institutions, which include the Hakodate University and the Hakodate Culinary School.

Hokkaido Shimbun, 5 September 2017 - Nine students from the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) visited Hakodate Culinary School in southern Hokkaido, Japan on 4 September 2017 to learn about the variety of seaweed cultivated there and tasted the various cuisine made from this nutritious sea plant.

The Japanese Science and Technology Agency sponsored this Sakura program that was planned and arranged by the Nomata Gakuen institutions, which include the Hakodate University and the Hakodate Culinary School.

The nine students and one staff visited Hakodate University, Hokkaido University and Hakodate Research Center for Fisheries & Oceans during their stay. They worked with Japanese students at the Hakodate University and learnt about the food culture in Hakodate. In addition, they studied the techniques of seafood processing.

Mr. Yoshida, vice-president of the Hakodate Culinary School, taught the visitors to cook Gagome kombu seaweed and Hijiki from the Hakodate area. They sampled miso soup with the seaweed and penne with some Nori (seaweed sheets). “Until now, I have only tasted Wakame seaweed. Here in Hakodate, we saw many different types of seaweed which are very tasty as well,” said Daphne Tan Tying Sue (18).

Hakodate Shimbun, 7 September 2017 - The Sakura Science Program, sponsored by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST), was held from 2nd to 9th of September in Hakodate, a city in in southern Hokkaido, Japan. Nine students and a teacher from the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST). attended lectures on food science and nutrition, learnt about food processing and visited the Hakodate Research Center for Fisheries & Oceans.

Mr. Shinji Takahashi gave a presentation on Japanese snacks and the strategies of beer companies. Lining up a few similar snacks that could be found in Singapore and Japan, the visitors tasted and compared the differences in taste and textures. Some comments given by the students included “chocolates from Singapore are sweeter” and “snacks from Japan are crispier”. One of the students, Li Ping (19) said, “Tastes differ from country to country, hence there will be different tastes in food”. One of the Japanese students, Yoshida (18), said that “The students from Singapore asked a lot of questions and were very interested in Japanese food.”

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From 9 to 21 June 2017, a team comprising of 22 SP Optometry students and two lecturers travelled to Surabaya, East Java to conduct vision screenings for the community. A total of 1775 villagers across 13 villages were screened, and the team dispensed 354 sunglasses, 1247 ready-made reading glasses and 98 on-the-spot prescription spectacles. In addition, 198 pairs of high powered spectacle lenses will be made in Singapore and sent to the villagers.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to help others in need, and it has been a meaningful and fulfilling experience for me and the team. The sincerity we felt from the villagers was palpable. I have learnt to be more appreciative and grateful of the many luxuries I have in Singapore. Through the various challenges encountered during this trip, I have refined my communication and optometry-related skills. I believe this will help me in becoming a better optometrist in the future.”

Karishma Kaur
Current Year 3 Student

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Atarashii bouken, which means “A new adventure”. Everyone was excited to have the opportunity to travel to Japan, the country that is on everyone’s wishlist. Most of us have not been to Japan before and didn’t know what to expect. We have experienced and learned many things throughout our trip to Japan.

On the afternoon of 4th September 2016, we arrived in Japan at Narita Airport where we were greeted by our tour guide who immediately brought us to Akihabara, one of Japan most famous shopping districts for their electronics and video games. We were exposed to the different cultures and lifestyles that the people in Japan has and this is only the beginning of what has to come.

The main purpose of our trip was to learn about and immerse in the game development industry of Japan. We had a two weeks collaboration with Digital Hollywood University (DHU) who provided us which covered a wide range of topics. The DHU lecturers who conducted the lessons were actually game industry professionals.

Some of the topics covered varied from The Economics of Games, Game Design, Hit Game Planning, Character Design, Promotion of Characters (Hatsune Miku), Live 2D and Virtual Reality (VR) Experience. Each topic taught us so much from designing, developing to promoting and final publication of a game. During the two weeks, we were tasked to plan for a simple game that will be fun and considered a hit for everyone, within a short amount of time. The lecturers also shared their experience about their game journey of their own which was a mind-opening experience for us. Overall, it was an amazing learning experience.

Out of the lessons, we explored Tokyo visiting places such as Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shibuya, Harajuku, Asakusa and Odaiba. We went to the Dragon Quest Museum in Shibuya and watched an animation film titled, “Looking for a Home”, at the Ghibli Museum. We also had fun trying out the Virtual Reality technology at the VR ZONE in Odaiba and visited Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), the oldest temple in Tokyo. Since Akihabara was close to our hotel, most of us went there frequently to do shopping in the huge variety of stores.

On our rest and recreation days, we visited Japan’s tallest structure, the Tokyo Skytree, which allowed us to set sights on the skyline of Tokyo. We visited the Pokémon center and enjoyed tasty Japanese cuisine. Some of us visited Nakano Broadway, a famous shopping district for selling anime and idol goods. Whereas, others went to visit Ginza, a famous shopping, dining and entertainment district in Tokyo and the Imperial Palace East Gardens which offers a magnificent view of what was once the Edo Castle. The amazing scenery, tasty food and learning experience were all enjoyable and it is something that you can never forget.

Another highlight of the trip was the Tokyo Game Show 2016, a game exhibition show held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. There were many big companies such as Capcom, Bandai Namco, SEGA, Sony and many more, advertising and promoting their game titles. What caught my group’s attention were the Indie games as well as some of the triple ‘A’ titles such as Final Fantasy XV. Mafia III was another one of those that was really entertaining as they showed off the mechanics, graphics and intriguing story of the game. We also met some Indie game developers that came from Singapore and were amazed at the quality of the game produced in a short amount of time for showcasing at the Tokyo Game Show. It was a tiring but fulfilling experience.

But all things come to an end. This Japan trip has made us learnt and experienced a ton of different cultures, knowledge and fun that we can never find in Singapore. I am sure most of us are looking forward to return to Japan. We would like to thank Mr Vincent Goh, our lecturer-in-charge for being with us throughout our journey in Japan, and School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology at Singapore Polytechnic for providing us this opportunity to travel to Japan.

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DEEE Engineering Academy students, Yang Fan, Tan Hwee Peng, Chiong Kai Ming, Lee Yann Ning, Lim Wei Kheng and Teo Shyan Jie, competed against students from universities in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to win 1st place at the IEEE MATE ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competition held at Surabaya, Indonesia, from15-16 April 2017. Their win, which came after an intense round of competing at the pool and a rigorous technical presentation, automatically qualifies them for the main competition in California, USA in June 2017.

The ROV, a robot named RAINER, was built from scratch in less than 5 months as their final year Multi-Disciplinary Project. Controlled by an operator using a live feed from cameras on-board, and using data from several sensors and actuation of thrusters and a manipulator, the ROV had to carry out all tasks underwater involving constructing an underwater hyper loop structure, collecting environmental samples from underwater, maintaining a light and water entertainment system and identifying sunken cargo with hazardous content.

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After 5 gruelling days and 3838 km, our SP SunSPEC5 team has managed to safely reach the finish line in Adelaide, at 12.30pm local time, 13 Oct 2017.

Welcoming them on site were Mr Wong Kim Yin - SP Group CEO and a member of SP’s Board-of-Governors, SP Group senior management members, as well as SP management members comprising Mr Hee Joh Liang (Deputy Principal), Suresh Punjabi (Dir PACE) and C. Pannirselvam (Dir ED).

The World Solar Challenge (WSC) has been running biennially for the last 30 years, participated by teams comprising of secondary and tertiary education institutions from all over the world. The teams need to run their solar-powered vehicles to cover the 3000+ km journey from Darwin to Adelaide through the harsh Australian outback in one of these race categories: Cruiser, Challenger, or Adventure.

SunSPEC5 took part in the Adventure category which is non-competitive and instead serves as a means to test new ideas for solar-powered transportation and to gain experience from participating in an event of this scale. For our MAE students it would be the first time being exposed to such rigour, while some MAE staff are already veterans of WSC. Find out more about the MAE SunSPEC5 team here. We are proud of their achievement, more so being the only polytechnic entrant in WSC.

Bridgestone is the main sponsor of this event and has sponsored the high-quality energy-saving tyres used by a number of the entrants, including SunSPEC5.

Read more of our students' overseas adventures here!