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Kirkwood hosts Singaporean exchange students

By Hillary Omitogun
On October 22, 2015

Seventeen students from Singapore visit Bloomsbury Farms in Atkins as part of their trip to Iowa via Kirkwood Community College. Photo Contributed.

Kirkwood Community College hosted 17 students and two faculty leaders from the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore from Sept. 13 – 30. The institute is one of Kirkwood’s Global Education Network partners.

The group studied Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Arts, Culinary Arts, Paramedics and Nursing.

Huan An, who is studying information technology, said, “In my short time here, I learned to be more independent and it was exciting to meet very outspoken students.”

Although the visiting students all spoke English, some of their second language skills vary. 

“We are a very multiracial group. Some of us speak Chinese, Japanese and English. We’re also a blend of Muslim, Christian and Buddhist,” Syafiquah, who is studying paramedics, said. 

In addition to taking academic classes, the students also had the opportunity to take part in cultural excursions and field visits in their areas of study. According to Ken Nesbett, study abroad advisor, the group visited Bloomsbury Farm, Adventureland and the Cedar Rapids Farmers’ Market. They also attended high school football games and went shopping at Tanger Outlet Center.

Nesbett said, “The favorite parts of this experience for the students were the cultural excursions, as well as the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with American college students and faculty.”

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