At the Heart of Urban Singapore

We hosted five Chinese media friends on a four-day visit to Singapore, showcasing Singapore as a great city to live, work and play – as well as our people’s heart and soul.

The SIF has concluded its first China Journalist Visit Programme (JVP), hosting five Chinese senior-level journalists and editors from 14 to 17 October 2014. The programme showcased areas in which Singapore is a thought leader, such as water management, public services and urban solutions, as well as softer aspects such as local culture, diversity, creativity and social entrepreneurship.

The four-day visit, themed ‘At the Heart of Urban Singapore’, focused on the following aspects of how Singapore is handling the challenges of a rapidly urbanising and modernising society while, at the same time, retaining our heart and soul:

  • Singapore’s urban liveability solutions: Visits and briefings with the Urban Redevelopment Authority and an on-site visit hosted by the Housing Development Board at Pinnacle@Duxton.
  • Pillars of sustainability – Singapore’s challenges and learning points in water, education and healthcare: Visit to Marina Barrage and briefing by the Public Utilities Board, as well as visits and dialogue sessions with healthcare and education institutions.
  • Singapore’s heart and soul: Meetings with prominent local personalities including Mr Gerard Ee, Chancellor and Chairman of SIM University and leader in Singapore’s social services sector, and Dr Tan Lai Yong who spent 14 years in Yunnan, China, establishing the barefoot doctors medical programme in Xishuangbanna. The group also visited The HUB Singapore, gleaning insights from local social entrepreneurs who have worked in China.
  • Friendships forged between Singapore and China: The programme rounded off with a tea at The Intan (a private museum showcasing Peranakan heritage) hosted by SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan and SIF Governor Mr David Chong. The intimate gathering brought together individuals passionate about Sino-Singapore ties and included members of the local media, heritage conservation sector and Singapore-China associations.

Jean and Gov Chong with the SIF crew, media and guests at The Intan

Our Chinese media friends came away with lasting impressions of our country and its people. “After this programme, Singapore impressed me with their effective management, well-planned allocation of resources, beautiful environment and rapidly developing economy. Diverse cultures, ethnicities and religions can be found in Singapore in perfect harmony,” shared Ms Wu Xiao Yi, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Guang Ming Daily.

Added Ms Zhang Yan, Senior Reporter at China Daily, “I was totally impressed with Singapore, especially with the passionate and enthusiastic Singaporeans. Besides the thoughtful arrangement of the visit, the diverse cultural environment, and the education and living conditions were all extremely memorable.”

With that, we bade farewell to our Chinese journalist friends, with the confidence that they’ve gained a more holistic understanding of our country and people!

Meeting with “Mr Charity”, Mr Gerard Ee, Chancellor and Chairman of SIM University

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