COIL Grant Past Recipients

ACR23 Literatures of Southeast Asia

Faculty: Asst Prof Ann Ang, NIE/English Language and Literature Academic Group

Collaboration Institute: Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

This module aims to examine selected literary works from Southeast Asian countries, from the point of view of their literary techniques and themes, as well as within the contexts of their literary traditions and geopolitical, social and cultural negotiations. In this synchronous virtual module, students from Singapore and Brunei will have the chance to co-construct interpretations of literary texts from the region through flexible groupings, socratic questioning and collaborative learning. Careful attention will be paid in considering the meanings and possible impact of each of these works within their own society as well as in elucidating how each work can be seen to manifest culturally specific values, ideologies and philosophies. In order to achieve this, selected theoretical, cultural and multimedia texts will be introduced alongside the core literary texts.

With a short history of less than a hundred and fifty years, Southeast Asian writing is a dynamic canon that continues to be shaped from year to year by new writers, while major publishing houses in the region and in the west exert an outsized effect as literary gatekeepers for new work. Students from both countries will also be offered a field trip to the exchange country where they will gather data on the marketing of Southeast Asian texts by major chains in Southeast Asian bookstores and interact with local publishers / writers.


CH4106 Formulation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dosage Forms

Faculty: Assoc Prof Zaher Judeh, COE/School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Collaboration Institute: Universitas Indonesia (UI), Indonesia, Department of Chemistry

This course aims to give an insight into drug formulation where students will learn how an active pharmaceutical ingredient is formulated into an effective and safe dosage form. Students will learn about drug development and approval process, preformulation and formulation considerations, apply the concepts of chemical kinetics, drug stability and explain the factors that impact dosage forms stability to identify different dosage forms and outline their advantages and shortcomings. Students will also learn about the formulation of the dosage forms with respect to the types and functions of the additives/excipients used, problems encountered during the formulation of a specific dosage form and techniques used in the production. The course will be taught in the Team-Based Learning format and include many real case industry problems.


Cross-cultural Proposal Writing and Presentations for Sustainability in English

Faculty: Mr Illyas Lim Effandi, CoHASS/Language and Communication Centre (LCC)

Dr Ho Jia Xuan, CoHASS/Language and Communication Centre (LCC)

Collaboration Institute: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (University of Malaysia Sarawak), Sarawak, Malaysia

The course focuses on enhancing English communication skills by exploring cultural differences in rhetorical strategies. Kaplan's (1959) contrastive rhetoric theory serves as a basis, highlighting how diverse cultural influences shape argument organization. Students will engage with prominent cross-cultural communication frameworks, including Lewis' (1996) Model of Cultural Communication and Hofstede's (1980) Cultural Dimensions Theory, aiding them in creating culturally sensitive and effective proposals and presentations.

NTU and UNIMAS have pledged sustainability commitments in 2021, emphasizing their vital role in preparing the next generation for future challenges. In addition to the communication skills, this course will facilitate a deeper understanding of each university's sustainability plans, fostering collaboration between students from different cultural backgrounds. More importantly, it will also allow our students to learn how to consider varied cultural contexts such as Singapore's urban setting and Sarawak's indigenous populations. NTU students will visit UNIMAS, experiencing sustainability initiatives and Sarawakian culture through live-streamed presentations and cultural performances. The exposure to different cultures through collaborative activities will provide valuable insights, enabling our students to become future active leaders in the sustainability movement.









BU5641: Cultural intelligence: How to be an explorer of the world
Faculty: Dr Hoo Hui Teng, COB/Nanyang Business School (NBS)
Collaboration Institute: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)

Cultural intelligence, CQ is the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations (Earley & Ang, 2003). IQ and EQ are no longer enough, and CQ is becoming a critical predictor for success in today’s increasingly global and diverse environments. Some key CQ benefits include increased intercultural adjustment, improvement in cultural judgment and decision-making, and greater effectiveness in intercultural negotiations.  A malleable competence, CQ can be developed through training and coaching.  This course will provide students with a conceptual framework for CQ and a set of tools to further their capabilities to navigate and explore the world.

The COIL collaboration is between NTU and AUAS students who will work in teams of 4 to 5.  Students will learn from one another the content covered in their courses and then produce a cultural podcast.  The objectives are to enhance self-regulated learning, accelerated learning, and working in multi-cultural virtual teams.

Earley, P. C., & Ang, S. (2003). Cultural intelligence: Individual interactions across cultures. Stanford University Press.









CH4245: Case studies for Chemical and Biomedical Engineers
Faculty: Assoc Prof Raymond Lau Wai Man, COE/ School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB), and Dr Poernomo Gunawan, COE/ School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB)
Collaboration Institute: 
1. Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, Dept. of Chemical Engineering.
2. Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU), Taiwan, Department of Chemical Engineering. 

This course aims to provide students exposures to real life industry problems that are encountered in chemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare and other industry sectors, so as to bridge the knowledge gap between academia and industry and to broaden students’ perspectives. 

The course will include a field trip to our university and/or industry partners for our students to have a first-hand experience to understand the real scale of the problem as well as to have more exposure to different socio-geographical context that may be critical in solving the given problems. It will also enable our students to put their knowledge into practice through collaborative learning with local students from a partner university in the form of group work activities.








DD2013 (DD8010): Visualisation of Cultural Heritage
Faculty: Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti, CoHASS / School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
Collaboration Institute: 
i) Peking University, China
ii) Ca Foscari University of Venice, Italy

This course will give students the tools to develop their skills using real specimens related to cultural heritage. Students will be presented with abroad range of techniques to analyse and document the biography of an example. This learning will provide the foundation for more advanced investigations into cultural heritage and technology.
The course will be enhanced to explore the potential of virtual learning by expanding the classroom overseas in NTU partner institutions (Peking University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice). NTU students will benefit from the cross-cultural environment guaranteed by the involvement in the international project supervised by the instructor for the celebrations of the 700th year since the death of Marco Polo (1324-2024) in Venice-Italy and Beijing-China.






DRXXXX: Global Design Discourse (New Course)
Faculty: Assoc Prof Peer M Sathik, COHASS/ School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
Collaboration Institute: IIT Bombay, India

The primary goal of this course and collaboration is for students from both sides to design solutions to problems/issues identified by the other. The secondary goal is to foster debate and discourse on this topic among students from both sides, preparing them to become future designers/media artists for the world beyond the borders of their own country and culture. The outcome is expected to be the first exposure for design students on either side to designing for 'global markets/audiences’ not for purely commercial purposes, but for real-world problems faced in Mumbai (and India) and Singapore (and Singapore).









SP0025: Exploring Spaces: Communities, Societies, and Cultures 
Faculty: Dr Rebecca M. Nichols, COHASS/ School of Social Sciences (SSS)
Collaboration Institute: Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), Surabaya, Indonesia 

This NTU-USP module aims to strengthen students’ understanding of sustainability issues, widely defined, with a focus on exploring these topics in the context of social, communal, and cultural dynamics. Student teams will centre their research on a sustainability issue important for both Surabaya and Singapore, deepening a general understanding of related problems while also creating space for innovation in the management and mitigation of related difficulties.
With support from the COIL grant, students from both NTU and UNAIR will participate in the module.  NTU students will join classes physically while UNAIR students will join remotely. NTU students will also travel to Surabaya to meet their UNAIR counterparts during the recess week for fully in-person fieldwork programme. All students will engage in learning activities that are designed to promote learning outcomes, develop intercultural skills, improve digital competencies, and reflect critically about collaborative work involving individuals who are dispersed geographically. By the end of this course, students will attain a higher level of intercultural competency and achieve another step towards becoming a global citizen, as they will understand nuances in their neighbouring country’s language, social exchanges, and cultural norms through their collaborative exploration into sustainability issues.








AGE06B Applications of Educational Neuroscience 
Faculty: Dr Astrid Schmied, National Institute of Education (NIE)
Collaboration Institute: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), Chile

With an emphasis on translating neuroscientific findings into practical teaching and learning practices, this COIL course adopted an active learning approach and provided undergraduate students with a theoretical basis to evaluate existing pedagogies and to develop new ones informed by neuroscience. 

This COIL course not only allowed students to understand how neuroscience research can help optimize teaching and learning, but also to learn cross-culturally and collaboratively with international peers and instructors located remotely through a blended learning structure. 

The COIL course was co-taught by instructors from NIE and UAI.









AAT40A Tamil Diaspora Social Life and Language Use 
Faculty: Dr Seetha Lakshmi, National Institute of Education (NIE)
Collaboration Institute: Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

The course aims to introduce students to the historical background of Tamils in different diasporic
communities. Students will understand ways in which their language and culture were maintained and
be introduced to concepts for explaining the changes in Tamil language development. Students will
also learn about the lifestyle of migrated Tamils in different countries and understand their culture,
customs, habits, as well as changes found in the domains of their social life.

Interaction with students from overseas partner institutions will enhance students' learning in this course. New online resources and materials will be developed for the blended learning approach in order to facilitate inquiry-based learning. Furthermore, the field trip will provide students with immersive experiences that will help them better understand the differences between diasporic Tamil communities. The diverse backgrounds of their local and international peers provide a diversity in class discussion that will enrich their understanding of cultural nuances.