Experiential and collaborative learning leverages on domain knowledge and advances students' capacities in innovation, collaboration, interpersonal emotional intelligence, ethical sensitivity and lifelong learning, using experiential and collaborative approaches that closely mirror the future of work.
Experiential learning components through collaborative learning have been (to varying extents) part of curricular learning, including final year projects, professional internships, exchange programmes, and fieldwork projects. Other experiential learning efforts made to forge synergies between research, innovation and entrepreneurship, include NTU Makers' labs, making and tinkering courses, and an entrepreneurship minor programme.
Moving ahead, NTU will create more experiential and collaborative opportunities through curricular courses in all disciplines supported by sound pedagogy and assessment tools.
To hone 21st century employability skills, internships will become an essential requirement for all undergraduate programmes starting from the 2021 cohort enrolling this August, including those from our College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and College of Science which have previously offered it as optional.
For postgraduate students, postgraduate experiential learning will be deepened with structured research attachment opportunities and sponsored industry attachments such as partnership with industries or research institutions on Postgraduate Internship Programme. The postgraduate internships are optional and tailored to expand the graduate's horizon and network. Students can choose to embark on internship based on two options: credit-bearing and internship leave pathways.
A new 2nd Major in Entrepreneurship will be launched in AY2021 to equip NTU undergraduates with fundamental entrepreneurship competency and broaden their understanding in enterprise and innovation. It will also provide them with hands-on experience in technopreneurship through an experiential learning approach and a 20-week local / overseas internship, so that they can be the drivers of technology innovations.
Graduate College through Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) offers complimentary Technopreneurship & Innovation electives to PhD students to equip them with essential entrepreneurship skills and business acumen to turn novel ideas into successful ventures. Graduate College also works with NTC and NTUitive to promote entrepreneur boot camps for graduate students and to instil the concept of "Innovation and Entrepreneur as a lifelong skill". This can potentially lead to new start-ups founded by NTU graduates, translating NTU's patents portfolios and formation of an active commercialisation network.