Internationalisation, through the means of student mobility programmes, has always played an important role in higher education, acting as an important tool in the broadening of students’ horizons and exposing them to different experiences away from the comfort of their homes. COVID-19 has all but brought the entire world to a standstill and led to an indefinite suspension of these programmes. Yet internationalisation remains an area that universities cannot do without, students must be familiar with the world beyond their borders in order to survive and thrive after graduation. This session will explore the pandemic’s impact on student mobility programmes, reflect on the effectiveness of our responses and outline how NUS has adapted its internationalisation efforts to the ‘new normal’.
A/P Chin Wee Shong assumed duty as the Academic Director of the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO) since 2019. Among her various responsibilities at GRO, she provides strategic directions for partnership and student mobility specifically for the Asia-Australasia, China-Hong Kong-Taiwan and Japan-Korea-South Asia regions. She fronted several new initiatives at GRO, e.g. the Global Classroom Model (GCM) was initiated to encourage the inclusion of an overseas experiential learning component in teaching modules; the “SEA Experience Award” and “India Experience Award” were established to encourage students to consider a learning experience in these regions. A/P Chin was once the Assistant Dean and Vice Dean of NUS Faculty of Science (2006-2013). She was presented the NUS Quality Service Award in 2005, and was a recipient of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for academic year 2007/08 and 2006/07. She was honoured with the Long Service Medal at Singapore National Day Awards 2019.