Republic Polytechnic, Singapore’s scientific, technical alternative demonstrated the extent of the nation’s education system and its inherent flexibility. Undeniably, the institute spares no expenditures to provide a positive alternative to typical education. Tour guides and students were enthused to establish constructive relationships with the student and staff of La Trobe and assisted the overall characterisation of the establishment. Interestingly, contrary to the Victorian education system, Republic Polytechnic is exorbitantly funded and embraces unorthodox schooling environments. The community encourages a multitude of learning dispositions and is essentially a ‘limbo’ education between secondary and tertiary studies. Ideally, a similar implementation would influence Australian youth towards the sciences by promoting a practical work environment. The flexibility of Singapore’s evolving education system is a testament to the progressive, expanding economic and scientific landscape of the country.
Following the tour, a group excursion to Sentosa Island’s Aquarium with a NUS Biodiversity exchange students existed as a propagation of the country’s concerted tourism efforts. The second largest aquarium in the world was a aesthetic playground to build relations with foreign students – all of which shared the unified goal for the benefit of the scientific community. Tour guides in the aquarium were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and purveyed the engineering behind the function of the aquarium – the experience holistically broadened perspective applications of nanoscience and material functions. Communications with the biodiversity students reinforced the growing influence on my interactions with internationals and the concepts of globalism and the wider global community. Prospectively this strengthens my belief in the future of both industry, community and society and propels me to utilise possible advancements in materials science for the benefit of the community.
– Trey Guest