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Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER)
STEER Uzbekistan 2018
Theme: “Uzbek 2030: Pathway to an Industrialised, High Middle-Income Society”
Venue: Samarkand & Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Date: 13 – 26 May 2017
What is STEER?
The NUS Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) is a programme designed to familiarise students with the diverse socio‐cultural‐political‐economic environments of newly emerging markets through a mix of classroom‐based learning and experiential site visits. Inaugurated in December 2010, STEER has brought our students to Botswana, Brazil, Hungary, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Viet Nam.
What is STEER Uzbekistan about?
Discover Uzbekistan, Central Asia’s most populous country whose 32 million citizens comprise nearly half of the region’s total population. This country is blessed with an abundance of natural gas and significant reserves in metals and minerals.
In recent years, Uzbekistan has been working with the World Bank to achieve its vision of transforming itself into an industrialised, high middle-income society by 2030. Learn how the government is working to diversify its economy, support private entrepreneurial activities and improving its governance by taking part in our educational visits to government organisations, ministries and private companies.
Explore Tashkent, an ancient city with more than 2,200 years of written history, the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan, as well as the most populated city in Central Asia. Admire spectacular Islamic architecture such as the Registan, and the Shakhi-Zinda Complex built in Samarkand, which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia and an Islamic centre for scholars since the 8th century.
Can Uzbekistan achieve its 2030 vision? Come and join us, as we embark on an exciting journey where we familiarize ourselves with the unique heritage, culture, society and economy of Uzbekistan.
When does the programme take place?
13 – 26 May 2018
Participants will spend approximately a week in Tashkent before travelling to Samarkand.
Who can apply?
STEER Uzbekistan is open to all full‐time NUS undergraduate students*.
Successful applicants should be thoughtful and mature in their outlook and be able to act as effective ambassadors of NUS.
Undergraduates who have not previously participated in any STEER programmes will be given priority in their applications.
*Graduating students may apply for the programme. They will not be eligible for funding from International Enterprise (IE Singapore).
How can I apply?
Students interested in applying for STEER Uzbekistan will be required to apply for the programme through NUS MYISIS* (refer to email attachment for the application guide) by Tuesday, 13 March 2018.
To find the programme in the system, search using setup ID 00473
*students encountering issues in submitting their application via NUS MYISIS may write to Jasper Tang firstname.lastname@example.org for the application form.
Candidates shortlisted for the programme may be invited for an informal meet-up session at a later date. Final decisions will be made by Thursday, 15 March 2018*. Candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of S$1,000 to secure their places by Tuesday, 20 March 2018*.
. *subjected to change
How much does the programme cost?
The estimated programme cost is approximately S$4,000 inclusive of airfare, accommodation, insurance and some meals. Subsidies are available (refer to financial assistance) on a reimbursement basis. Any portion of the payment amount not utilized during the trip will be returned to students.
Visa fees (where applicable) and other personal expenses will be borne by the student.
Is financial assistance available?
IRO will provide a STEER Award, valued at S$500 per student to successful candidates to help offset the cost of the programme. Students who are Singapore citizens or Singapore PRs (except those in their graduating semester) may apply for funding from International Enterprise (IE Singapore) for up to S$800.
After relevant subsidies, the estimated cost is between:
S$2,700 – S$2,900 for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs, who are eligible for IE Singapore funding*
S$3,500 – S$3,800 for non-Singaporeans and non-Singapore PRs
Students from Yale-NUS College will need to approach the Yale-NUS College for financial assistance.
*Please refer to the website on Young Talent Programme – Market Immersion funding from IE Singapore for the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the grant.
Who to contact for more information?
For additional information or related queries, please click here or write to Mr Jasper Tang @ email@example.com.
For travel notices please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.