Today was incredibly busy as Paul whisked us off to lab after lab, presentation after presentation and finally ending the day with a demonstration on how physics principles can be applied in everyday life. But before we went anywhere we met the tour hosts who were introduced to us with one of Paul’s famous name, course and fun fact games. The day was really interesting and some highlights from the lab visits where the room sized ion accelerator, the 800m2 clean room and the PhD student who trapped single molecules and experimented on them. This was quickly followed up by incredibly educational presentations on Quantum mechanics and in particular quantum entanglement. After this we were told of the importance the NUS places on studying abroad with over 70% of its students studying overseas for some time during their course. The day was finished by an hour and a half demonstration on how physics could be incorporated and demonstrated in everyday life.
I found today to be really interesting as it really highlighted the different focuses that NUS had compared to La Trobe university. NUS as previously stated has an amazing rate of undergraduates students going on an exchange with 70% of students visiting another country during their studies. Latrobe University has a massive focus in trying to enrol new students and while there are programs dedicated to taking students overseas( this program being one example) the rate of exchange is definitely not anywhere near 70%. A further difference between the universities is that NUS has 50% of the students undertaking a subject in science and engineering. La Trobe University has most of the students in the Health Sciences and Humanities faculties. This makes it a lot harder for Latrobe to get the funding to buy the more expensive equipment. I have noticed though that due to less funding La Trobe university has partnerships with other universities and businesses so they can still provide the same education, it just needs to be done in a way that doesn’t require an extremely large amount of government funding.