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Singapore - Design Thinking and Innovation

18 Singapore DT

Apply by March 1, 2018

The Course: GLS-120 Education Experience Abroad, 3 credits, Summer 2018
This global program will be hosted at the Kirkwood's Global Education Network (GEN) partner college, the  Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central in Singapore. The 2-week course will provide hands-on opportunities, you students to get involved with a special project designed by ITE. This year's theme will be "Innovation Through Technology"   You will work in teams with students from Kirkwood, Australia, Canada and Singapore on a Design Thinking based project. Students interested in any program, and especially business, architecture, engineering, industrial technologies, information technology, liberal arts and performing arts. 

ITE will also plan cultural excursions for the whole group so you can experience Singapore like a local. In your free time, explore all Singapore has to offer including world-class entertainment, premier shopping and some of the best food in the world!

Printable Program Sheet and Itinerary: 2018 Singapore Design Thinking

What is design thinking? Design Thinking (DT) is a method for practical and creative problem solving that evolved from fields as varied from engineering, architecture and business. At its core, Design Thinking focuses on understanding people’s needs and creatively discovering the best solution to meet those needs.

Here are a few videos which help explain how it works: 
The Destination 
Once you've discovered Singapore, you will wonder what took you so long to get there! Singapore was named the Top Country to Visit by Lonely Planet in 201! Located in southeast Asia, Singapore is an island that encompasses only 270 square miles with 4.6 million residents. Without any natural resources of its own, Singapore’s resource is the people. Singapore represents a merge of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Euro-Asian cultures, creating a diverse land with many choices for food and entertainment. With year-round weather between 70 and 90 degrees, Singapore has a lot to offer. You may enjoy world-class shopping on Orchard Road, a trip up in the Singapore Flyer – the world’s largest observation wheel – or a day at Sentosa Island, boasting beaches and the Underwater World Oceanarium.

Here are some more resources to learn about Singapore:
  The Experience Highlights:
  • Team project with students from 4 countries
  • Industry site visits and guest speakers                                                                                                   
  • Intercultural learning experiences and cultural excursions
Estimated Program Fee: $2,800 (new reduced price!) 
($1,500 Global Advantage Scholarship Available!) 

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Some in-country transportation
  • Cultural Excursions 
Does Not Include:
  • Tuition: 3 summer credits  
  • Personal Expenses/Passport Fee

Program Contacts:

Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall

Wilson M. Rojas, Instructional Designer
Kirkwood Center for Teaching and Learning, Cedar Hall 2086