The Internationalisation Programme, in particular, MI.World programme was conceptualised in 2008 to equip MI students with a global perspective. These educational overseas trips allow students to experience authentic learning beyond geographical boundaries, network with their peers overseas and enable them to make connections between what they learnt in the classroom to the real world. To expose students to community work and service learning, overseas values-in-action (OVIA) programme forms a complementary component in the MI Internationalisation Programme.
With globalisation, the need to possess multi-cultural literacy is important and the driving force behind MI.World is experiential learning. As such, the knowledge, skills and values imparted to our students hold centre stage in the planning of MI.World trips. This structured reflective learning is in tandem with our Institute’s strategic thrust of developing Future-Ready Thinking through developing global awareness and cross-cultural skills in all Millennians. It also allows our students to develop an awareness of where Singapore stands in the global arena, and be better equipped to be ambassadors of the institute and of Singapore.
Beyond MI and with the passage of time, it is envisaged that our students will the relevant skills to interact and engage with a network of peers across geographical boundaries beyond their time in MI.
With globalisation, the need to possess multi-cultural literacy is important and MI.World is conceptualised to equip every Millennian with global perspectives. This is done through various modes such as
- Home-stay and immersion programmes
- Educational expeditions
- Language appreciation courses
- Learning Journeys
- Cross-Cultural understanding and appreciation
KEY COMPONENTS IN PROGRAMME
Home-stay is an integral part of overseas immersion. Students involved in this programme will play host for overseas students and they will be hosted by their overseas counterparts when they visit them. This provides students with an authentic learning experience of the country’s culture, lifestyles and education system
- Reflective Learning
To formalise their learning, students involved are required to capture their reflections on a daily basis. They should highlight what they have learnt about the host country with regard to its culture, language, lifestyles and aspirations. Students should also include how the trip has influenced their perception about their own country in a globalised world
- Cultural Appreciation and Understanding
The best way to learn is not to read or hear but to experience and be immersed. Hence, students have different opportunities to interact with local citizens and be up close with their way of life. Such interactions will build up students’ understanding and appreciation of another country, and also shape their mindsets and attitudes of people in our neigbouring countries.
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