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18 Jan 2017
Business China hosts students from Peking University

Business China and its Youth Chapter members hosted a group of 18 students from Peking University's (PKU) Yuanpei College from 18 to 24 January. These PKU students were taken through a series of visits during their 7-day ‘Singapore Learning Journey’ to expose them to Singapore’s culture and history, as well as to understand her political, social and economic paradigms.

Early in the study visit, the PKU delegation participated in guided tours of Chinatown and Eurasian Heritage Centre to expose them to Singapore’s rich ethnic diversity. The students also visited the NEWater Visitor Centre and Singapore City Gallery at URA Centre to learn about Singapore’s successes in water management and urban transformation, respectively.

The delegation also visited various established companies and statutory boards, such as DBS Bank, Keppel Land, Pacific International Lines, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and IE Singapore while being accompanied by the Youth Chapter members. The sharing sessions by the organisations’ top management helped the students gain fresh perspectives of the opportunities and challenges Singapore faces.

Besides, the students toured the Parliament House of Singapore and Supreme Court to develop their understanding of Singapore’s political and legal institutions. Their learning was deepened through visits to Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) with Members of Parliament for East Coast GRC, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, who is also Chairman of Business China, and Ms Jessica Tan.

Shi Jiqing, a Year 1 International Relations major from PKU Yuanpei College and leader of the delegation, said: “Our visit to Singapore, which is elaborately planned by Business China Youth Chapter (BCYC), offered us a fascinating insight into all aspects of Singapore’s society. We are grateful for the arrangement, as it reached a perfect balance of leisure and learning.”

The BCYC then hosted the PKU delegation to a dinner where students from both countries had a chance to hear from Dr Xu Chuanhui, a PKU alumni and medical officer from a local hospital, who illustrated the differences in the healthcare and medical education systems between Singapore and China. The sharing session provided a platform for the Singaporean and Chinese youths to interact and enhance mutual understanding while building friendships for future possible collaborations.

President of the BCYC Executive Committee, Yap Jia Qing, said: "The PKU visit provided us BCYC members an opportunity to better understand what the future generation of leaders in China think. At the same time, it was a proud moment for us to showcase what we have here in Singapore, and deepen our friendship with them."

Business China Youth Chapter (BCYC) is a voluntary group of youths formed in early 2010 and supported by the Go East Committee. BCYC’s main objective is in line with Business China’s vision and mission – to promote the significance of bilingualism and biculturalism amongst Singaporean youths and enhance their relevance in the global workplace.

To join BCYC, please email to bcyc@businesschina.org.sg.




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