US Education: Why Is it Essential To Our Future?
Singapore is known as one of Asia's strongest entrepreneurial melting pots, with most of its foreign investments coming from the United States (US).
A Wider Range of Cross-Disciplinary Programmes
Several universities in the US offer a broad range of specialised cross-disciplinary programmes that may help expand a student's skill set while providing intensive training in their chosen field. These courses are not always available in Asian universities, yet they are crucial in developing specific leadership and co-working skills as well as the intellectual flexibility that is necessary in business-oriented fields.
For instance, the University at Buffalo offers options of double degrees and double major's degrees. Therefore, a student may choose to take a double degree or a double major, which will enable him or her to gain relevant information and skills to remain competitive in the future workforce.
This, in turn, helps foster a greater sense of critical thought and interdisciplinary problem-solving specialisation in future graduates. It also develops a person's work ethic that enables them to adapt well to a professional environment that requires them to be versatile and flexible in a dynamic business landscape.
Sharpening Communication Skills
A US education also aids students in sharpening their communication skills- a skill that is essential in any business environment. Students are often encouraged to share their views and connect not just with their peers but with subordinates and authority figures. Such a learning environment can be found in a US-based university, where the student population is more likely to be diverse, and the academic curriculum offers a several courses that place a huge importance on professional and interpersonal communication. This also help to pave the way for global career opportunities for students, should they decide to work in various locations around the globe, as well as navigate their way through an international workplace.
Chua Siang Yee: A Global Inspiration from UB-SIM
One such student who successfully built his career path through an American education is Chua Siang Yee, who earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication from SIM GE. After graduating from his course, Siang Yee went on to become a sports journalist. He bagged several awards while working for The Straits Times, Singapore's national broadsheet.
Siang Yee went on to pursue his passion in law at the University of Cambridge. He credits his educational background at SIM-UB for with equipping him with the right skills to succeed.
Posted online, 29 August 2018