The rise of Asia as an innovation superpower lies in the impressive growth witnessed by its key innovation hubs – Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong. These cities, vying to attract investment and talent, are among the most promising locations in their respective countries. It is no wonder that they were chosen by our University partner Western Sydney University as their destinations for their 2018 Innovation Study Tours. From January 7th to 21st 2017, Next Step Connections served as the local content provider and delivery partner for Western Sydney University study tours in Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong. These study tours provided students with relevant and dynamic opportunities to experience their taught course in real life and build intercultural competency.
Each location’s itineraries highlighted the location’s innovation, culture, social, political and economic environment.
2-week study tour contents:
- Company visits
- Innovation hubs
- Government bodies
- Cultural zones
Singapore: Prototype Testing
Our friends at Muru D and SUP the app held a prototype and concept testing session with our students. The students gave insights on how to improve usability early on, measure first impressions, test information architecture, and feedbacks on design and concept decisions.
Seoul: Case Study Challenge
G3 Partners put our students to the test with three interactive case studies testing our students thinking, creativity and growth mindset. These real case studies revealed the tremendous work that goes behind a successful startup. From marketing to PR, from crowdfunding to coaching, practical and real knowledge of the startup ecosystem was gained.
Hong Kong: Mobile App Creation
Students went beyond understanding mobile app design from an ordinary lecture, at Abtitu, they got to create their own! A special 2 hour workshop had all our students imagine and create their own one of a kind app. Nothing is more fulfilling than seeing your idea come to life.
Study trips are unique educational experiences that help student develop greater independence, self-confidence, the flexibility to quickly and creatively adapt to changing circumstances, and the ability to interact effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. These and many more skills are invaluable throughout life and are considered highly valuable in a variety of employment settings. Next Step Connections is proud to have successfully planned, organized, and executed these study tours. We look forward to welcoming more educational institutions to provide these life changing experiential learning abroad opportunities.