6 April 2017
Over 100 participants from Institutes of Higher Learning gather to discuss topics related to student affairs and support
On 7 April 2017, Yale-NUS College will host the inaugural Best Practices for Student Support Symposium. Approximately 100 student support practitioners from Singapore Institutes of Higher Learning, such as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and the polytechnics will be sharing their experiences in communicating, connecting and providing support for students at this one-day event.
Organised by the Yale-NUS Dean of Students Office, the symposium aimed to develop partnerships across Institutes of Higher Learning as well as share resources and skills in the field of student support. Professor Tan Tai Yong, Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) of Yale-NUS College will be the keynote speaker for the symposium. Participants can also look forward to invigorating discussions during the breakout sessions on topics such as student affairs, student support, diversity and intercultural engagement. For instance, Yale-NUS will be sharing insights on experiential learning through active programming at the dining halls while NTU will lead a discussion on developing support systems for students with special needs. Representatives from NUS will discuss and co-create strategies to connect students to community partners, using the NUS Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme as a starting reference for discussion.
One of Yale-NUS College’s distinct qualities is the close-knit residential community where all students live and study on campus throughout their four-year education at the College. This unique model of residential living and learning, a first in Asia, sees interactions between students and faculty members extending beyond the classrooms. For example, in the College’s dining halls, students eat meals and interact with their Rectors, faculty and peers. In the spirit of fostering leaning outside of the classroom, academic discussions that begin in class can continue over mealtimes and even after school hours. The College is also home to over 700 students from over 50 countries and places great emphasis on developing programmes with a focus on diversity for the community.
Dean of Students Christopher Bridges said, “The development of a robust student support network which facilitates our students’ journey to become effective citizens of the world is an integral part of our community of learning. This is a unique opportunity for Institutes of Higher Learning to network and share insights on the best practices for student support. Through this symposium, we hope that participants will be able to gain useful and valuable knowledge to make a positive impact on the growth and development of their students.”
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