Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Creating Sustainable Solutions for Marginalised Communities
What STEER Israel/Jordan is about?
Israel is a technopreneur hub with strong government and private sector support. This startup nation has more than 6,000 startups, 70+ VC funds, 200+ accelerators in 2017, in addition to 350 multinational research and development centres (Forbes, December 2018). Israel’s R & D expenditure as a percentage of GDP is the largest in the world and it also ranks highly in embracing disruptive technologies. Renowned for its innovation ecosystem that promotes collaborative creativity, Israel continues to inspire entrepreneurs all over the world.
Jordan has attracted interests with global entrepreneurs in its collaboration with the World Bank via its Innovative Startups Fund Project that is worth US50 million. Launched with the Central Bank of Jordan in 2017 (joint funding worth US$99 million), the fund encourages entrepreneurship from all over the country, focusing on helping the poor in remote regions and vulnerable groups such as women entrepreneurs. Jordan’s local innovation scene is defined by the National Centre for Innovation (NCI), implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The NCI spearheads innovation-led and inclusive productivity growth for the government and SMEs.
Learn how the two governments are working to diversify their economies, support public and private entrepreneurial activities and empowering youth and vulnerable population groups by taking part in our educational visits to governmental and private sector organisations, non-profits, academic institutions and start up accelerators in Israel and Jordan. Network with entrepreneurs and undergraduates from universities in both countries.
Soak in the intense historical and cultural vibrancy of Jerusalem’s Old City, admire the impressive architecture and indulge in the culinary delights of Tel Aviv. Explore the Citadel in Amman and its hilly labyrinth of urbanity that is brimming with artists and musicians. Awe at the magnificence of the Al-Khazneh in Petra.
The ancient history and rich heritage make Israel and Jordan must-visit destinations in the Middle East. We welcome you to immerse in this unique journey of a mix of cultures, religions and traditions in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Amman, Petra and also to experience the captivating beauty of The Dead Sea.
When does the programme take place?
1 June to 15 June 2019
Participants will spend approximately 9 days in Israel followed by 5 days in Jordan.
Who can apply?
STEER Israel/Jordan 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. But they will not be eligible for funding from Enterprise Singapore.
How can I apply?
Students interested in applying for STEER Israel/Jordan will be required to apply for the programme through theEducation Records System (EduRec) by Friday, 15 March 2019.
To find the programme in the system, search using setup ID 01014
*students encountering issues in submitting their application via EduRec may write to Jasper Tang email@example.com 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 Tuesday, 19 March 2019*. Candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of S$1,000 to secure their places by Monday, 25 March 2019*.
. *subjected to change
How much does the programme cost?
The estimated programme cost is approximately S$5,000 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?
The Global Relations Office (GRO) 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 Enterprise Singapore for up to S$800.
After relevant subsidies, the estimated cost is between:
S$3,700 – S$3,900 for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs, who are eligible for Enterprise Singapore funding*
S$4,500 – S$4,700 for non-Singaporeans and non-Singapore PRs
Students from Yale-NUS College will need to approach the Yale-NUS College for financial assistance.
Students on Double Degree, Concurrent Degree, Joint Degree must make this known to GRO as the financial assistance may not apply in several cases.
*Please refer to the website on Young Talent Programme – Market Immersion funding from Enterprise Singaporefor the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the grant.
Who to contact for more information?
For travel notices please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.