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Associate degree students gain cultural exchange in overseas study tours

02 Aug 2013

Associate degree students enjoy their cultural exchange trips
Associate degree students enjoy their cultural exchange trips

The College of International Education (CIE) organised three overseas cultural exchange and study tours this summer with the aim of providing more diversified learning experiences to the Associate Degree (AD) students. A total of 50 AD students benefitted from the tours to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia which broadened their horizons through visits and academic and cultural exchange.

Every tour had unique potential for experiential learning.  The Northern Thailand study tour provided students with a chance to experience the local life of the Chiangmai and Chiangrai regions by visiting different organisations, universities, and communities. Students also gained exposure to human rights issues such as human trafficking, migration, stateless people and the Thai-Myanmar border, etc.  The tour to Singapore enabled students to learn about the advanced technologies related to green energy and water treatment in the city.  On the tour to Malaysia, students could learn about the characteristics of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups in one nation through visits to various world heritage sites.
Apart from organising overseas cultural exchange and study tours, CIE also established a “Global Experience Fund” this year hoping to provide more opportunities for students who need financial assistance to participate in overseas exchange trips.