This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).
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1. I reiterate the importance for students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Junior Colleges (JC), and Polytechnics to interact (here and here). These exchanges reduce stereotypes, render students more engaged and informed, and generates potential for future cooperation.
2. Here are three recommendations (or starting points).
3. Students can participate in sabbaticals or cross-institution immersion programmes, where they will also spend time with a counterpart. A JC Science student could experience how Engineering is taught in a Polytechnic, while designers from the ITE could spend a week with JC students from the Art Elective Programme (AEP).
4. Conferences like the Pre-University Seminar can be expanded to include more students, with more sustainable endeavours for participants to work together on a more consistent basis.
5. Collaborative community service projects, especially long-term ones, are effective to foster friendships, and to create synergy between the different schools. The takeaways would also be more tangible.