Singaporean students in Rotterdam for Erasmus UPT’s Study Abroad Programme
This fall, Erasmus Center for Urban, Port and Transport Economics (UPT) provides a programme for 81 bachelor students from Singapore. The Maritime Studies students from Nanyang Technological University follow the tailor-made Study Abroad Programme and get acquainted with Rotterdam and the Netherlands.
Academic Director Dr Wouter Jacobs explains: “We introduce these future professionals of the Singaporean maritime sector to the port city of Rotterdam, which fits in perfectly with the vision of Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe: Rotterdam as a place to grow and develop talent. Additionally, the students familiarise themselves with the Rotterdam mentality of getting things done, a mindset which belongs to our beautiful port. "
Strong bilateral relationship
The port cities of Rotterdam and Singapore have built a strong relationship, based upon long standing cooperation. It was therefore logical for Jacobs to design an academic programme for the Singaporean students. “The Nanyang Technological University is a leading university. We have many similarities. Both universities are part of a port city, both offer specific academic educational programmes in the field of port and port management. It is great to see that with this collaboration we create a win-win for the students.”
RMSC members open their doors
For the occasion, companies affiliated with the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community open their doors for the students. They immerse the Singaporean students in their daily practice and in this way enrich theory with practical knowledge. Jacobs: “That makes this Study Abroad Programme so attractive. In-depth expertise from the industry combined with insights and knowledge from Erasmus University Rotterdam.”
Of the 81 students, 72 attend the courses in Rotterdam. Until December 2019 they will be taking the following courses: Ship Ownership, Ship Management, International Maritime Law, Marine Insurance and Intensive Seminar Disruptive Scenarios. The nine remaining students will follow four out of five courses from their home university in Singapore. Jacobs: “As a university and as Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe we continuously strengthen our international relations with other port cities in the world through programmes such as these. What could be better than training young talent, so that the future of ports worldwide is in good hands!"