Two staff members from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and King’s College London visited the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this October to learn more about the University’s initiatives in their areas of responsibility.
Felicia Lum, assistant manager in NUS’ Office of Student Affairs, visited Chapel Hill from Oct. 17-21 as part of the NUS’s International Staff Development Programme. She spent her time learning about UNC’s management of and support for student organizations and community engagement initiatives, such as service learning programs. During her visit, she met with staff from the Office of Student Affairs, the Carolina Union, Campus Y, Carolina Center for Public Service and the Center for Global Initiatives.
“There were many meaningful exchanges of ideas and sharing of best practices between us — UNC and NUS,” Lum said. “If anyone were to ask if I enjoyed my stay at UNC, without a doubt, yes!”
Anthony Currie, sport and wellbeing manager at King’s, was selected to visit UNC from Oct. 16-25, as part of King’s International Staff Development Programme to learn how the University operates in the areas of recreational sports and student wellness. During his week at UNC, Currie attended UNC sporting events in football, soccer and volleyball, and met with faculty and administrators from units such as Campus Recreation, Campus Health Services, Department of Athletics and Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He also spent time with UNC students who will be studying at King’s in spring 2016. Currie is the third staff member from King’s that UNC has hosted as part of the program.
“We were delighted to welcome Felicia and Anthony to UNC,” said Melissa McMurray, UNC’s international liaison officer. “Hosting participants in staff development programs allows us to engage staff from across the University in our international partnerships and to support an exchange of ideas and best practices with our most important partners.”
NUS and King’s are two of UNC’s strategic partners.
UNC and NUS have operated a study abroad exchange since 2003, and over 400 Carolina students have studied in Singapore over the course of the partnership. In 2007, the universities established the undergraduate joint degree program through the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, now open to students in six majors.
The partnership between King’s and UNC originated in 2005 and is one of the most ambitious partnerships between a U.S. and a U.K. university, including longstanding and emerging joint activity in teaching, research, student exchanges and other initiatives in diverse fields across both universities.