2017 Winter Programme



The Department of Chinese Studies of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) NUS and the NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI) jointly offer CH3297 Chinese Business Enterprises and Management for NUSRI's 2017 Winter Programme from 11 December to 30 December 2017 to all university students.

NUSRI (www.nusri.cn) is located within Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). With the unrevealing of its new building in 2013, NUSRI has received groups of students from NUS, SMU, NTU and overseas universities.

With lectures and fieldtrips conducted exclusively in Suzhou China, the objective of the programme is to provide university students an in-depth exposure of the set-up and development of various types of enterprises in China, so as to better understand and adapt to the social environment and business setting in China.

Over a period of three weeks, participants have opportunities to visit state-owned enterprise, e-commerce company, multi-national company and small and medium enterprise, such as Bank of Suzhou, Alibaba, ASUS etc. Students get to know the operational and strategical challenges companies face in a competitive environment of the rising China through direct interaction with the enterprise leaders. Related lectures on geographic and economic landscapes, cultural and social environment in China will be given before or after each visit.

Suzhou, winner of the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, is referred as the "Oriental Venice". The Classical Gardens in Suzhou (total 69 preserved gardens) are all recognised as the UNESCO heritage sites. Modern Suzhou, as one of the most prosperous cities in China, is home to many aspiring entrepreneurs. Students will get ready to discover an incredible array of historical and cultural attractions in a place where skyscrapers coexist with beautifully preserved old town of Suzhou and other cities.


Students will be able to receive 4MCs under CH3297 upon successful completion of the programme and required assessments.


The programme fee is S$1,980 and includes the following:

·                     Double occupancy lodging throughout the programme

·                     Local transportation for planned activities

·                     Activities and lessons in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai

·                     Meals during major occasions

Students who register before 30 September 2017 could enjoy special rate of S$1,780.


Application (Deadline: 31 October 2017)

For NUS students, please apply through NUS Student Information System (SIS)

For non-NUS students, please download the Application Form and email the completed applicaiton form to education@nusri.cn.


Gabriella Redgment (Business School, University of Western Australia)

2014 Winter Immersion Programme Participant

 "This opportunity to study abroad in Suzhou, China has been the best experience of my undergraduate degree so far, as I have been pushed out of my comfort zone discovering a new culture; I believe this has furthered my growth on an academic and personal level."

Goh Shi Ying (Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore)

2015 Summer Immersion Programme Participant

 "NUSRI Summer Programme 2015 has been a great experience, where I get to understand the way of life in China, understand China's heritage and the economy. To be able to see various companies and hear from them the motivation and methodology behind running a successful industry in China is truly insightful."

Ang Ying Xin (School of Design&Environment, National University of Singapore)

2015 Winter Immersion Programme Participant

"This programme has not only provided us with the technical knowledge but also the physical chance to see what is actually happening in China. The industrial visits were well arranged presenting good linkage with the lecture topics. We get to see and listen from local companies and foreign companies to understand what challenges they are currently facing in the Chinese market. Guest lecturers have given constructive point of view and allow us to hear from successful entrepreneurs what they have been through. Hearing from such experienced speakers serves as a motivation for me. I aspire to be like them, to learn from them and to open up more collaboration opportunities and further my eye sight to possible business opportunities in China."

Daing Muhammad Irfan Bin Mohamed Farhan (Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore)

2015 Winter Immersion Programme Participant

"In conclusion after this program, I am very satisfied with the program NUSRI provided for us. Stepping outside of my comfort zone allows me to think better and how I can improve myself better for the future. This program has allowed me to develop my business ideas more creatively. I would strongly recommend this program to those who are interested in business and startup."

Ow Song Sim Dennys (Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore)

2016 Summer Immersion Programme Participant

"Please continue to promote this trip, because it is of utmost importance for students to discover how life-changing this trip can be."

Jan Bronauer (Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore)

2016 Winter Immersion Programme Participant 

"On December 24, the NUSRI Winter Programme 2016 in Suzhou concluded-a programme which proved to be much more encompassing, diverse and lively than I had expected before I joined. Almost three weeks of exploring, learning, presenting as well as networking with professionals gave me very close insights into China which will help me enormously in the future."

Tan Jian Cheng (Business School, National University of Singapore)

2016 Winter Immersion Programme Participant

"Throughout the Winter Programme that spanned across a period of three weeks, I have been exposed to the various operational strategies and framework has broaden my intellectual boundaries and shaped my thinking process. Furthermore, the opportunities to visit industrial and cultural sites offer a glimpse of China’s history, culture and actual business environment besides drawing good linkage with the lecture topics. The interactions with domestic companies and local people have undoubtedly enriched my study experiences that will be beneficial to me in the future. In conclusion, I believe that learning is an on-going process as it helps in broadening my intellectual knowledge and aided in my personal development. This Winter Programme has been fruitful and undoubtedly added value to my learning journey in the university. Having reflected on the amazing study experiences over the past weeks made me believe that I have made the right decision in joining this programme, as not only did I establish new friendships but also creates new sentimental memories."

For more details of the programme, please download the programme description by clicking 2017 Winter Programme



For further queries:  nusri@nus.edu.sg or education@nusri.cn

Annex 1: Application Form

Annex 2: Poster of 2017 Winter Programme


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