Thames X Singapore 2018
Last May, a group of students went to Singapore for the ThamesX Singapore 2018 trip. This activity focused mainly on learning about the Digital Economy from an entrepreneurial perspective.
Upon arrival at the Changi International Airport, the “World’s Best Airport in 2018”, the group experienced world-class service as they seamlessly went through the lanes in the terminal. The group had their first meal at the Hawker Center – inspired food stalls at Terminal 4, where they got to choose from a wide variety of local dishes, experiencing how it is to eat like the locals.
Part of the trip objectives is to let students experience the efficient public transportation system of Singapore. Thus, the group chose to take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) from the airport all the way to the western part of Singapore where we visited one of our partner universities, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).
The group stayed at the MDIS Residences, the university hostel of the school. This allowed the group to have a first-hand feel of how it is to be an actual student-resident of MDIS. Shortly after settling down in their respective rooms, the group was given an orientation and campus tour by the administrators and faculty members of MDIS. Thames students met administrators and faculty members from the School of Business, School of Engineering, and School of Communication Arts.
After getting acquainted with members of the MDIS community, the group left the campus to explore the city. This time, the students took the bus with the help of online maps and their prepaid cards. The group visited Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay, which presents Singapore’s most exciting nightlife activities.
On Day 2 the group attended Seamless Asia 2018 held at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Thames group was the youngest contingent in the conference whose attendees were mostly executives and entrepreneurs. Our group was privileged to be exposed to the latest trends in online payments, e-commerce, and retail technology solutions.
Day 3 of this trip was spent in two other partner schools of Thames. First of which was James Cook University (JCU) Singapore, which the group visited in the morning. The group was graciously welcomed by the school administrators giving them an orientation about the school programs, as well as a campus tour highlighted by their Games Museum, which houses the various game consoles from the past generations.
In the afternoon, the group got very fortunate to have been graced by one of the busiest CEOs in Singapore, Mr. Leslie Loh. He talked about his humble beginnings as an entrepreneur and the challenges he faced head on to get to where he is right now. Aside from his successful software company, he is also the main man running Lithan Academy, a learning institution focusing on helping students, or should we say lifelong learners, to know more about digital sales and marketing. Most of the Thames students appreciated the time and invaluable lessons given to them by Mr. Loh despite his very hectic schedule.
The group did a debrief and discussed insights from all the activities the past days. One student shared that “I gained knowledge about the importance of using technology in business, and the trip also inspired me to pursue my Master’s degree”. Another shared that this trip “opened me to more possibilities as it gave me an exposure to different perspectives about running a business.” Lastly, one student summarized the trip in this way: “It has made me realize that there is more to learning than being confined in the four corners of the classroom. It has opened my eyes to future possibilities and opportunities.”
(Watch out for the upcoming ThamesX Bangkok happening from 31May to 3 June 2018.)
Head of Student Affairs
24 May 2018