This May, for the first time ever, our undergraduates
participated in a ChE-specific study abroad course
in Singapore, one of the most exciting hubs of
engineering education, research, and industrial
development. Twenty-six ChE students enrolled, which
is a resounding success, as typically 12-15 students
sign up for other study abroad courses.
The ChE study abroad initiative stems from the
School’s 2015-19 Strategic Plan, which aims to
“Educate undergraduate and graduate students who
will be successful in a global environment.” The goal is
to have at least 20% of our undergraduates participate
in a summer, semester or Spring Break study abroad.
In the context of a global economy, this type of study
abroad will not only give our students a glimpse into
how education, research and governmental planning
shape the economic and social evolution of a nation,
but will also differentiate Purdue ChE students when
competing for a job.
The course was led by Professor John Morgan and
Managing Director Cristina Farmus and included
a series of lectures at the National University of
Singapore, and visits at 3M and DuPont chemical
plants and research facilities on Jurong Island. On the
cultural side, the group visited the Gardens by the Bay,
Besides exposure to Singapore's educational, research,
industrial and cultural environments, students also
participated in a two-day trip to Malaysia’s capital,
Kuala Lumpur, which broadened their understanding
of the Southeast Asia culture. The program provided
a good balance of educational and cultural activities.
Due to generous subsidies from the School ($500 per
student), Global Engineering Programs ($1,000) and
Purdue International Programs ($8,000), the cost of
the program for students was extremely affordable.
An extra $1,000 per student Purdue Moves scholarship
was available for students participating for the first
time in study abroad.
Given the excellent response from the students, for
2016 the School is planning a study abroad course in
Colombia during Spring Break and a Maymester course
in Switzerland. Both programs will blend academic
activities with industrial visits and cultural events.
For details on the upcoming courses or for information
on becoming a sponsor for study abroad, please
contact Cristina Farmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue ChE Undergraduates Study Abroad in Singapore
By Cristina Farmus
A group of Purdue ChE students in the study abroad program pose before the Singapore skyline in May 2015.