Exploring Singapore's SME Landscape

Sustainable Development Goals in Action

Program Overview

Singapore, a tiny island state with no natural resources of its own, achieved a GDP of over 390 billion US dollars in 2021, recovered remarkably well from the pandemic, and continues to rank high in terms of human development. Clearly, Singapore is a country that holds many lessons. This program provides an insider’s view of Singapore’s business and economy with a focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

SMEs in Singapore make up 99% of all enterprises, employ 70% of the total workforce, and contribute 50% to GDP. In 2020 alone, Singaporean SMEs exported services internationally worth over 609 billion Singapore dollars. While they hold enormous potential, SME business owners in Singapore are struggling to implement basic digital solutions and to scale internationally. The challenges SMEs face include trouble attracting the right talent, limited financial resources, and unfamiliarity with the regulatory environment overseas.

This program focuses on providing an understanding of the role of SMEs in Singapore, and the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs within Singapore’s economic and cultural context. Students will gain exposure to various organizations promoting SMEs in Singapore and meet with business leaders, experts, journalists, and policymakers that will provide them with insights into Singapore’s economy and the role of SMEs. In addition, they will participate in fun immersive activities that will provide a window into Singapore’s fascinating multicultural and historical roots. 

Key Program Elements

  • Visit important SMEs to understand their role, opportunities and challenges.
  • Meet business leaders, experts, journalists, and policymakers that provide insights into Singapore’s economy.
  • Experience local life and culture through cultural immersion activities.

Suitable Disciplines



Emerging Market Studies



Non-Profit Management

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Active Learning Models

The impact of experiential learning programs like this is enhanced by the use of active learning strategies to engage and assess student performance. Here are some suitable strategies that, in addition to addressing the intellectual portion of learning, evoke physical, emotional, and social engagement with themselves and with the city/country:

Scavenger Hunt:

A fun way to help students get outside their comfort zone and “discover” the city/country using gamified elements that evoke a sense of adventure and competition.

Immersive Experiences:

Learning skills/participating in activities that are part of local culture (e.g., cooking class) add fun, engagement, and learning to the student experience.


Day 1- Arrival in Singapore

Arrive in Singapore & transfer to hotel on own. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 2- Free Time + City Cultural Immersions

  • Morning- Free time
  • Afternoon- City cultural immersion

Day 3- Business Visits + Welcome Dinner

Full day business visits. Welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 4- Business Visits

Full-day business visits

Day 5- Cultural Immersion

Full day cultural immersion

Day 6- Business Visits

Full-day business visits

Day 7- Business Visits + Farewell Dinner

  • Morning- Business visits
  • Afternoon- Free time
  • Evevning- Farewell dinner

Day 8- Free Day

Free day

Day 9- Departure

Check-out from hotel and transfer to airport on own

Pricing & Inclusions


(Based on twin-sharing and minimum group size of 14)

*Please note that the cost of our programs may vary depending upon several factors, including but not limited to the size of the group, program inclusions, the number of program days and more. Kindly contact us for a customized quote that suits your specific requirements.

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