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5 things you can do as an NTU student at...

Set your sights on becoming a heart surgeon or a business analyst? A chemical engineer or a sports journalist? A drug researcher or a digital animator? No matter where your interest lies, there's plenty to look forward to as an undergraduate at NTU. HEY! gives a sneak preview

By Mabel Lee, Chrystal Chan, Christopher Ong, Siddiqua Ovais and Victoria Chang
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information
1. Report breaking news in a simulated state-of-the-art newsroom
Aspiring journalists will get to do their assignments in Newsplex Asia, dubbed the newsroom of the future. The 60-seat glass-walled room is the first of its kind in Asia. Created with WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers), this news hub also trains journalists from Singapore and the region, so you'll get to work alongside savvy media professionals.

2. Satisfy your curiosity in all areas of the media
The only full-fledged Communication school in Singapore, it offers the broadest range of media-related curricula. From broadcasting to journalism and advertising to public relations, communication research and information studies, students can learn about it all under one roof. Can't decide which area to major in? Go for an inter-disciplinary concentration, which allows you to pick and choose subjects to suit your needs.

3. Indulge that love for travel
You can travel the world as a student with overseas training modules specially designed for communication students. There's the Go-FAR (Going Overseas For Advanced Reporting) programme, the SOJOURN (Short Overseas Journalism) practicum, the ISCM (International Strategic Communication Management) course for PR/Advertising majors, and the Wee trip, an overseas community involvement expedition organised by students from the Communication & Information Club, all sponsored by the Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund, which also goes a long way to assist students who qualify for overseas exchange programmes and internships. Think countries off the beaten path like North Korea, Bhutan, Pakistan, Turkey and Spain.

4. Intern at leading media agencies and companies
MTV Asia, Disney, Universal Studios, Golin Harris International, Ogilvy Public Relations, Thomson Reuters, The Straits Times... you'll get the pick of the crop as an NTU communication student. The school requires every third-year student to undergo a six-month internship at companies like these – you won't just be the coffee boy or girl but the bright-eyed intern that could be offered a full-time job at the end of your stint.

5. Make the news
The school's students constantly make newspaper headlines with their final-year projects, such as the four who came up with humorous but extreme ways to deal with people too engrossed in using their mobile phones even when in the presence of friends or family. Other groups have attempted to raise awareness about recycling electronics and the need to reduce food wastage.
DID YOU KNOW?
  • In Communication & Media Studies, NTU is ranked 6th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, jumping an impressive 17 spots within two years to become number one in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific.
  • Graduates of the school can take on jobs ranging from movie directors and film producers to international correspondents, editors, and advertising agency creative directors.
  • Famous alum include award-winning journalists like The Straits Times' Deputy Foreign Editor Chua Chin Hon and TODAY's Associate Editor Loh Chee Kong. Actress Joanne Peh and beauty queen Faraliza Tan also studied here.