Sharing the thoughts and experiences of the Elite Student Leaders of Taylor’s University

One of the highlights of our first blog mentioned a two-week visit and collaborative mission by Taylor’s University engineering students with the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology (BIPT) in 2011. Our students – Christopher Chew, Yap Wai Kit and Mike Ooi Ferng Lin – of Taylor’s University Society of Engineering & Technology (SET) went to Beijing, aimed with the noble intention of sharing their experiences in setting up a student society with the Chinese students.

These ‘ambassadors’ from Taylor’s University School of Engineering also helped the BIPT students to organize their inaugural Innovators Carnival that took place in October 2011.

Their itinerary to Beijing included a brief visit to Tsinghua University as well as a pre-arranged meeting with Associate Professor Dr. Benjamin Koo from the Industrial Engineering Department of the University Dr. Koo also serves as a Special Advisor to UNESCO’s Chaired Professor on Industry-Academic Collaboration.

No visit to China would be complete without a visit to historical and modern sites in Beijing. Weaving work and play together, Christopher, Wai Kit and Mike had the pleasure of visiting several renowned tourist spots such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Summer Palace and Beijing Olympics Sports Centre. Despite the packed schedule, they managed to slip in a visit to Beijing’s Hacker Space, a convention of innovators and enthusiasts who display and share their projects.

Before the boys left Beijing for home, they met with BIPT Foreign Affairs Director, Ms Li Yue for a discussion on future partnership opportunities, such as joint projects as well as student exchange programmes between BIPT and Taylor’s University. This trip, not only served as a fantastic exposure for our students, but also proved that Taylor’s University is a sought-after academic partner by other international institutions of higher learning for our strength in the teaching and learning methods.

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