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On Wednesday, March 30, DigiPen Institute of Technology had the pleasure of welcoming a group of school officials from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) to our Redmond campus.

The delegation was interested in meeting with DigiPen’s Redmond staff to discuss future opportunities for collaboration, to get input from DigiPen’s experts on how to best teach and prepare students in programming, animation, and related courses, and to see how the campus facilitates effective student learning.

Guests met with Ben Ellinger, Vice President of Production and Director of DigiPen’s game design degree programs; Liliana Robles, Director of Career Development; Erik Mohrmann, Associate Dean; Samir Abou Samra, Chief Technology Officer–International and Director of DigiPen’s Bachelor of Science programs; Raymond Yan, Senior Vice President and Director of the BFA degree program; and three Singaporean students who are currently attending DigiPen in Redmond.

During the latter meeting, students shared about their experiences in Redmond, how prepared they felt leaving their polytechnics in Singapore, and the differences in teaching style they experienced upon coming to DigiPen. Students also talked about what they enjoyed about Redmond, as well as what they missed about Singapore.

The students they met with were Melvin Tan (BS in Computer Science and Game Design), Coburn Kong (BS in Computer Science and Game Design), and Sen Lieh Kiew (MFA in Digital Arts).

“It was our pleasure to visit the DigiPen Redmond campus and meet up with senior executives of DigiPen Redmond,” said Angela Wee, Director of School of InfoComm Technology (ICT) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. “NP is thankful to DigiPen for the support that dates back to 2005 when we developed our Interactive Media course. It was great insight for us to see how DigiPen places emphasis on fundamentals in learning without chasing technologies and putting in place robust processes in terms of culture and infrastructure to support the creativity of the faculty and students.”

Thank you to each of the representatives from Ngee Ann Polytechnic who shared their time with us! We look forward to future partnerships and collaborations.