Students return from Singapore study visit with new perspectives and insights into urban tourism

SEGi College Penang BSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management students recently returned from a study visit to Singapore, where they investigated the city-history, state’s economy, and culture as part of their Urban Tourism assessment. On their first day, the students visited iconic landmarks such as Jewel Changi Airport, Merlion Park, and Marina Bay Sands. The next day, they went to the Singapore City Gallery, which depicts the country’s evolution from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis. The students learned a lot about Singapore’s urban planning and development strategies, as well as the public’s perception of the built environment. 

The students had the option of visiting Resort City, which includes attractions such as Universal Studio Singapore, Madame Tussauds Singapore, and ‘S.E.A Aquarium, or Heritage City, which includes Chinatown, Haji Lane, and Bugis Street, among others, on the final day of their trip. Before departing for Penang, the students conducted their final observations and interviews on Orchard Road and Fort Canning. 

Overall, the study visit was an enriching and insightful experience for the students, as it provided them with first-hand knowledge of how theory can be applied in practise. It also gave them opportunities to learn new skills like communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. According to a National Research Foundation study, international education experiences benefit students’ academic and professional development. This trip’s experience will most likely benefit the students in their future endeavours. 

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