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Change rarely happens overnight. Often, it stems from the past and lurks in the present, rewarding perceptive minds that notice it and prepare for it.


Developing Global Mindset empowers change-readiness by shaping a holistic global mindset solidly built on three attribute pillars:

Academic Subjects

The Global Studies Fundamental subjects aim at shaping global citizens and global leaders for a diverse community and dynamic world. It is designed to expose students to the globalized world and encourage students to venture overseas as part of their learning.


The compulsory subject Global Studies is the launchpad to students’ global education training. It also serves as a scaffold for students to first gain essential knowledge and skills in global trends, eventually moving to delve deeper in different areas of global education: Managing Diversity at Work, Expressions of Culture, Global Community & Community Development, or Guided Learning.


By the end of the Global Studies journey with us, students will embrace a global mindset, with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as the overarching purpose, and they will be able to navigate in a diverse workplace, recognize and respect the importance of cultural heritage, be a contributing member of the community, or an independent learner with great initiatives and passion. 


These efforts will be augmented with experiential learning activities, including overseas experiences, using the Self-Directed Learning teaching and learning methodology.

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

*This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender.

* Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world. In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause.

* This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts.

Glocal Experiences


Glocal Connect Village


Launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 23 November 2012, the Glocal Connect Village (GCV) is a glo-cal ‘connecting’ space where Temasek Polytechnic staff and students meet, interact and build friendship with local and international partners. This is where the world comes to TP and TP goes out to the world. 


Global Community Day (GCD)


The multi-sensory event provides experiential and immersive learning platforms that seek to highlight diverse cultures and imbue in the participants a deeper understanding and appreciation the region’s unique history and cultural mix as well as how that aligns to Singapore’s narrative.


The Singapore narrative is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the region's unique geographical, historical and cultural connectedness to offer a cross-cultural perspective. To expand the programme offering, GCD is incorporating a Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue and a Panel Discussion on Asset-based Community Development. The event is funded by National Integration Council and supported by National Heritage Board.

Overseas Experiences


Global Studies Trips 


Global Studies Trips are the experiential learning component of the Global Studies subject that offers all TP students the opportunity to embark on an Overseas Study Trip to major cities in ASEAN, China and India for a duration between four and five days, providing them with a first-hand cultural, economic and social exposure. The trips come in both physical and virtual formats, namely Global Studies Overseas Study Trips (GS OST) and Global Studies Virtual Trips (GSVT) respectively.


Youth Expedition Project


Youth Expedition Project (YEP) and its virtual twin YEP Goes Online (YEP-GO) are the Service-Learning Programme aim at developing global citizens who are confident, resilient and passionate about positively impacting the communities in Singapore and beyond. YEP and YEP-GO are supported by Youth Corps Singapore (part of National Youth Council Singapore).

Exchange Programmes


Inbound programme with Duy Tan University (Vietnam) (2019)

Inbound programme

Our Global Connect Student Group regularly host visitors from overseas. Our Student Leaders will draft the inbound programme and extended their holistic welcome and bonding programme via a residential stay in GCV apartments. Visitors are also invited to join Global Studies local programme workshops and/or Global Studies classes with our TP students.


First ASEAN Student e-Xchange Programme edition in 2020 (10 Institutions from 5 countries)

ASEAN Student e-Xchange Programme


The ASEAN Student e-Xchange Programme is a virtual mobility programme in partnership with Passage2ASEAN (P2A) Association. Students will engage in weekly 45-minute e-meetings to share and discuss their respective countries and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) while learning more from one another.


This eXchange programme offers a unique virtual student-exchange programme for Temasek Polytechnic students to meet overseas peers to hone cross-cultural skills, create network, foster the awareness about culture, globalization, and diversity, and build the foundation of understanding, respect, and friendship. At the end of the programme, the students will emerge with bigger hearts.

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Contact Details

  • 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (Mon to Fri) Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
  • Centre for Transcultural Studies
    Temasek Polytechnic
    Glocal Connect Village
    Block 42, Level 1,
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

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