SINGAPORE : A new centre that aims to give students a global experience was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.
Located at Temasek Polytechnic, the Glocal Connect Village has art studios, language labs and other activity rooms aimed at preparing students for the globalised workplace.
Students taking Transnational Studies will spend two weeks living at the village.
They will stay with four other course mates of different nationality and ethnicity for a first—hand experience in cultural diversity.
It is the first such programme in polytechnics in Singapore.
For students on exchange programmes, it is an opportunity to live with the locals.
Anna Lanamo, a Finnish exchange student from Temasek Polytechnic, said: "I came to Singapore to study engineering and business, but I also want to learn about Asian people."
The programme also benefits locals, like final—year Temasek Polytechnic student Aaron Yong.
He said: "One of the things that is really important is how we interact with people of different cultural backgrounds, and besides different cultural backgrounds...even (among) people from the same culture, same ethnicity, you can find differences in how they were raised, and that is one of the things you really learn when you are living with someone."
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