GRAPHENE or Undergraduate Programme for Holistic Education and Experience is MSE’s undergraduate leadership programme, designed to develop skills and attributes that are relevant in our world’s ever-changing landscape. It’s a step towards providing outstanding students with a holistic learning experience, one that emphasises not just academic excellence but character development and leadership.
MSE’s degree programmes guarantee strong academic foundations through its curriculum. MSE GRAPHENE will give further opportunities for acquiring soft skills such as leadership, communication and management skills, as well as industry and global exposure by connecting students with leaders and experts through various activities and events.
The programme’s name is derived from one of the most versatile and conductive materials in the world. Graphene conducts heat and electricity faster than anything else and many of its properties make it the material of choice of for various industrial applications. Like graphene, we see a lot of potential in students who join this programme. Through a nurturing learning environment and focused development agenda, we envision them to do well in the real world and make significant contributions to society.
A. Leadership Development
Students will be equipped with foundational leadership competencies through short courses and workshops. The skills to be learnt will include but are not limited to the following:
- Personal Mastery / Self-Discovery: leaders need to know oneself, their strengths, understand what motivates them and be a good example to others. Personal Mastery / Self-Discovery: leaders need to know oneself, their strengths, understand what motivates them and be a good example to others.
- Effective Communication: leaders need to communicate their vision and learn how to get their message across; speaking and listening skills are equally important, recognising that vocals and tone have impact on audience.
- Planning, Problem Solving and Decision-Making: leaders are expected to step-up when problems surface; knowing how to set SMART goals and knowledge of planning and problem solving tools are essential management skills to learn.
- Relationship and Team-building: leaders have to work with people of diverse backgrounds, build good relationships with team members and inspire those they wish to lead.
B. Global exposure
MSE GRAPHENE supports participants for their semester-long overseas exchange programme, global internships, cultural immersions and overseas competitions or conferences. The Overseas Travel Award is conferred based on merit. Students who are successful in securing a placement in NTU Global Programmes can apply for this grant.
C. Networking with distinguished academics and industry leaders
Students have an opportunity to network with distinguished academics and industry leaders through invitation to seminars, symposia and networking events. Learn the latest advances in materials science, engineering from the best in academia and top companies.
D. Involvement in local and community work
Students are encouraged to organise and participate in socially-relevant, community-based projects that will enable them to apply the leadership and management skills learnt in the programme. They can leverage on the Community Involvement Project (CIP) activities under one of the committees of the MSE Club or initiate their own projects.
E. Career Preparation Resources and Events
Together with all graduating students, guidance and resources on writing a resume, acing interviews and in-house counselling in preparation for joining the workforce will be organised.