Ever wondered how Singapore grew to be such a thriving economy and enterprising city? You’ll find all the answers at NUS Enterprise’s annual Summer Programme on the Economic and Enterprise Development in Singapore, which we have been successfully running for the last seven years.
Conducted over two weeks, this residential programme offers a unique opportunity for local and foreign participants to learn about how one of the smaller nations in the world has progressed from a trading port to a destination for international commerce and investment. Besides being a dynamic and globally connected city-state, Singapore is also ranked as one of the most competitive economies globally.
Using an enriching combination of lectures, guest speakers, dialogue sessions with entrepreneurs, small group discussions and project presentations, as well as visits to business and government organisations, our Summer Programme aims to provide you with a comprehensive educational experience. You will also get to get to interact with local students in a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan environment, understand how public policies are formulated and most importantly, gain important insights on business practices and entrepreneurship development in Singapore.
The programme would broadly cover the following topics:
- People, Politics and Culture of Singapore
- From Third World to First: Economic Development of Singapore
- Public Sector Management and Public Policy in Singapore
- Public and Private Enterprise Development in Singapore
- Entrepreneurship Growth and Strategy in Singapore
- Leadership and team building in Entrepreneurial Ventures
- Entrepreneurial Venture Creation: From Idea to Business Plan
- Social Entrepreneurship in Asia
- Site visits to selected government departments, statutory boards, companies and start-ups in Singapore
- Dialogue sessions with business leaders and entrepreneurs
- Visits to cultural and heritage sites in Singapore
Lectures will be conducted by faculty members from the National University of Singapore and other institutes of higher learning, as well as government officials, business leaders and professionals.
Language and Mode of Instruction
The programme will be conducted in English. The mode of instruction will include class lectures, group presentations, luncheon talks by business leaders, dialogue sessions with entrepreneurs, and visits to business and government organizations.
The programme fee is SGD$2,100 - inclusive of 7% Goods and Services Tax.
The fee is inclusive of all activities listed in the programme and accommodation at student hostel at the National University of Singapore.
The programme fee does not cover airfare and airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, meals and personal expenses.
Payment is via bank draft, and is to be made payable to the "National University of Singapore".
Duration of Programme
This is a two-week residential programme commencing on 14 July and will conclude on 25 July, 2014.
Participants of this programme will be accommodated in student hostel from 13 to 26 July at the National University of Singapore and will live in an environment as experienced by local students.
Interested students should approach your home university's International Relations Office or equivalent offices for advice. You may apply online at the following website:
The application deadline is on the 30 April 2014.
For online submission,
If you are not able to upload all the required documents during the point of submission, please forward them to the address listed in the next paragraph.
For hardcopy submission,
Download the application form here.
Please note that the following supporting documents should reach NUS Entrepreneurship Centre together with your application form:
- Copy of the completed Application form with a recent passport-size photograph attached.
- Letter from Home University certifying that you are a current student registered with the University (in English).
- Academic Transcript / Consolidated Grade Record (s) issued by your Home University (with English translation, if applicable). The transcript should be endorsed with the university's seal and official signatory.
- Copy of Passport (the page showing your nationality and personal details).
Supporting documents/Completed application materials must be submitted to:
NUS Entrepreneurship Centre
21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Level 5, Singapore 119613
Attn: Ms Jolia Tan
For more information, please contact:
Ms Jolia Tan
Phone: +65 6516 8461
Words from Past Participants
“In the summer of 2011, I had the amazing opportunity of attending the NUS Summer Program. I’ve been fascinated with Singapore’s fast development, growth and history, and I was fortunate enough to find this ideal program that would teach me about entrepreneurship and Singapore. Coming from Columbia, a Latin-American emergent country, I find the idea of studying in Asia sounded amazing and at the same time intimidating. Looking back at those months, I cannot stop smiling while I think of all the interesting classmates, professors and speakers I met from all around the world, and while I think on how much I learned overall.”
Hernando Rico, Faculty of Law, Universidad el Rosario , Columbia
“The program is so unforgettable. Singapore is really a charming Garden city, and people there are quite nice. The ideas and experiences on entrepreneurship, the world-renowned professors and entrepreneurs who shared with us were enlightening, and visits to startups also inspired me a lot. Besides, it feels great to make friends with people from all over the world and get to know their countries and cultures.
Zhang Li, Bioengineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University , China
"The programme gave us a magnificent platform to interact with people of different cultures and religions and hence did not only help us develop entrepreneurial mindset but also to groom ourselves to face daily life challenges in this competing world."
Javeria Siddiqui, 2010 Summer Programme participant from Pakistan
"I want to thank you for hosting such an amazing summer programme for us. The exceptional opportunities of this programme to meet world-renowned lecturers, participate in inspiring company visits, and most-importantly, establish and develop a in-depth friendship with people from foreign countries are more than what words can describe."
Xiang Chao, 2010 Summer Programme participant from China
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for the NUS Summer Programme?
Please check with your home university on your eligibility. Students are required to have reasonable good level of speaking English as the programme will be conducted in English.
Will the programme provide any credits?
No, the Programme is not credit granting.
What is the timetable for the two weeks programme?
Click here for the tentative programme. Lectures and visits will be distributed evenly across the two weeks. You will have free time over the weekend for your own sightseeing programme.
When will I be notified of my status of application?
You will be informed by end May of your application status.
What will I get at the end of the programme?
You will be presented with a Certificate of Attendance by NUS Entrepreneurship Centre.