The objective of OEL333 is to provide students with the environments and tools to cultivate a deep understanding of Israel’s entrepreneurial, political and cultural landscape. This is achieved through a combination of experiential learning, e-learning, classroom activities, and participation in an overseas trip to Israel. It is important to bring our students to Israel because of its unique approach to lifelong learning and critical thinking. After coming back from a study trip in Israel, Minister Ng Chee Meng gave a speech about how to prepare students for life and pointed out that in Israel “Questioning is learning and no questions is considered silly. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class and outside of class. Concepts were debated and not taken as cast in stone. A level of messiness was tolerated. We were told that when the students returned home, their parents do not ask them about homework, test scores, or even about what they had learnt. Instead, they asked their children, ‘What questions did you ask in school today?’ Learning was not only about results, but having the sense of joy to explore, ask questions, discover and find out answers.” Both culturally and technologically, Israel offers unique opportunities for our students to broaden their world views. Israel is a small nation surrounded by larger countries that distinguish themselves greatly both culturally and economically. By visiting Israeli religious sites, meeting companies and speaking to the locals, our students will be able to witness how followers of three world religions live together in one small nation, how entrepreneurs are constantly innovating and able to scale beyond their borders and how Israelis celebrate life despite threats from the region.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January