Successful Start into the “Asia Term Remote” Programme in Spring 2021
The Asia Term is the flagship exchange programme of the University of St.Gallen at the Bachelor's level and normally takes place every year from August till December with up to 70 St.Gallen students joining us in Singapore. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions, we were not able to offer the Asia Term in Singapore during the autumn term 2020 as initially planned, but decided together with our partner, the Singapore Management University (SMU), to offer a digital replacement for our HSG students during the spring term 2021. On 23 February 2021, we successfully kicked off the "Asia Term Remote" programme with a digital "Introductionary Day" allowing all participating students to get to know each other and get some first insights on Asia and Singapore in specific.
If you can’t come to Singapore, Singapore comes to you
During the spring term 2021, students from HSG can join a number of Asia Term core and elective courses, which all take place online. Furthermore, we initiated a Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) Programme with SMU to further supplement the HSG course offering for our students. Thus, despite a lock-down in Switzerland and ongoing travel restrictions HSG students have the opportunity to digitally meet and work with SMU students. Based on this novel digital exchange offering set in place between HSG and SMU, an equal number of students from each university can join online classes at the respective partner university. The courses of the “Asia Term Remote” programme are open to all HSG Bachelor students from various majors and the classes were accessible via the regular bidding process.
A virtual “Introductionary Day” on 23 February 2021 was held at the beginning of the HSG spring semester and lecturers of the “Asia Term Remote” programme welcomed the students of HSG and SMU. The students could learn more about Singapore and St. Gallen in parallel sessions, get to know each other in virtual breakout rooms, and listen to a key note speech by Hanno Stegmann, Managing Director and Partner of BCG Digital Ventures in Singapore and an Asia Term alumnus (2003).
Students participating in our “Asia Term Remote” programme are able to join up to three classes, including Business Development in Asia, taught by Prof. Dr. Michael Hilb, a Business Study Mission to China, Malaysia or Vietnam, taught by Prof. Dr. Mato Njavro, Dr. Eunice Ng and Dr. Charles Phua, as well as classes offered as part of the VSE with SMU.
We know that a remote programme is not a real substitute covering for the experience of living and studying for five months in Singapore. Nevertheless, we hope that the programme will provide our students with practical insights into the Asian context through interactive sessions with course lecturers and guest speakers, as well as ample opportunities for intercultural interactions between SMU and HSG students.