Going Forth, Learning Abroad

INDONESIA – Students of Business Management, Business Hospitality and Tourism disciplines were recently involved in a Singapore field trip that was organised by Creative Practitioner Daniela Tello from 21 to 25 February 2016.

In order to provide a wide range of business perspectives to the students of Raffles Surabaya, the field trip covered several important subjects through the views of organisations that range from a diversity of industries. During these occasions, students gained a concrete and educative outlook from practitioners who are engaged in companies that operate within the Asian-Pacific markets, representing the Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), social media, manufacturing and hospitality and tourism industries. The students were also invited to Raffles Singapore and apart from a school visit, they also attended a University of Chester presentation where they learned beneficial information about the schools’ activities and facilities.

The first site visit was LinkedIn, one of the leading business-oriented social networking service providers in the world. LinkedIn provided the students with insights on Asian markets, importance of business networking and social media, and the significance of having strong culture and values on global operations management in today’s competitive environment. Raffles Entrepreneur Neola ARDINA Mulya was impressed by its human resource (HR) system and office facilities. “LinkedIn has been one of my favourite field trips and I was really amazed by their facilities and how the HR system works. It makes their employees energetic, positive and friendly. I would be very happy if I had an opportunity to work at LinkedIn.”

Next on the agenda was the Esplanade Theatres, a performing arts centre that hosts the largest number of events in the region. To gain a better understanding of the MICE industry, students were given an overview of the installations, management and solvency of the organisation. Erwindiana FIRZA Meenaindina, who is currently majoring in Business Management, was impressed by its architecture, highlighting that its interiors and exteriors caught the interests of many individuals around the globe.

The students then ventured onto NEWater, an organisation by Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s national water agency. The students gained valuable knowledge and insight into its processes and were give an overview on how the company manages its production system with their advanced technology for the treatment of recycled water. Raffles Entrepreneur Fatimah MUCHSIN Mogebel found the trip useful as she was able to understand how procedures can keep operations in check. “We were able to understand how large companies have well-organised procedures that are adhered by employees. We learnt that by having well-organised procedures can lead the company to avoid mistakes that could affect the result of its products.”

The final destination of the field trip was Hotel Vagabond. Designed by architect Jacques Garcia, the 5 star boutique hotel incorporates a unique Art Deco concept. The students were welcomed by their Sales and Marketing Manager who then provided them with an informative guided tour around the hotel. This included a private meeting with the students to explain in-detailed concept of the business, their target market and growth perspectives of a boutique hotel that works within a niche strategy. Jacqueline ARQUETTE Irenius was in awe of its decorations and the Business Management student was raving about her experience. “The tour brought us to places like the hotel salon, bar, restaurant, bathrooms, lift, and the different types of rooms that range from classic, deluxe, classic with shared terrace, deluxe with shared terrace, art suite, junior suite, and vagabond suite. They even showed us the secret stairs that will take you to a special room for artists & musicians that display their works in Hotel Vagabond!”


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Overall, the students were given an excellent opportunity to understand the intricacy of operations and management from different perspectives in a diversified pool of industries. Nevertheless, such activities integrate and provide guidance that leads to a complete formation for future entrepreneurs.

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