Shanghai is the largest city in the world and is often acknowledged as one of China's leading entrepreneurial and academic hubs. The vibrant start-up scene can be attributed to the unique combination of investor and government support alongside the city’s free trade zone. With a young and international talent pool, this city of 25 million is carving out its own niche as a technology, e-commerce and lifestyle hub.
Come experience the hustle and bustle of this dynamic city through a full-time internship with an early stage or high growth company, and part-time studies at Fudan University, one of the top three Universities in China. Understand the mindset of Chinese consumers, and test your boundaries, immerse yourself in the local culture of a population that hails from the many provinces of China and all around the globe. With its foreign-friendly culture and high living standards, it is no wonder that this lively and fast-paced city is one of the best entry points into the vast market of China.

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NOC programme is financially neutral, whereby students should not incur additional costs due to their participation in the programme. During the programme, students will continue to pay for regular living expenses with their personal allowances, while they will be paid a monthly stipend to defray the additional expenses for living overseas. Students continue to pay regular tuition fee to NUS for the duration of the programme, while programme costs will be borne by NOC. Personal expenditures are expected to vary, as it depends on the individual preferences and lifestyle.

NUS Overseas Colleges will provide the following:

  • Tuition fees for approved entrepreneurship and discipline-based courses at the partner university
  • Consulting professor appointed to supervise student on internship
  • NUS student travel insurance
  • Return economy air ticket and cost of Visa application

Students need to pay:

  • ​Your regular tuition and other miscellaneous fees to NUS
  • Regular overseas living expenses
  • Additional expenses incurred for interest/recreational activities

Programme Mentors

Dr. Yunjie (Calvin) Xu

Dr. Yunjie (Calvin) Xu is a professor at the School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He got his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Syracuse University, New York. He was with the School of Computing, National University of Singapore, before he joined Fudan University. His research interests cover electronic commerce, knowledge management, social media, and data analytics. His research publications appeared in Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Association for Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and other leading journals in the area of information systems. He has consulted firms such as China Telecom, Union Pay and China Mobile.

Virginia Cha

Virginia is an educator, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem with more than 37 years of professional experiences in technology companies and new ventures.

In her multi-faceted industry career which spanned multiple countries, Virginia was the Director of Advanced Technology at a U.S. multinational technology company, the first technology transfer officer (infocomm) for the Republic of Singapore, co-founder and CEO of multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE, chief representative of private equity fund with holdings in technology ventures and science park property interests, founder and serial entrepreneur in multiple ventures in China and in Singapore.

Virginia’s book Asia's Entrepreneurs Dilemmas, Risks and Opportunities (Routledge), published in 2013, is a “must read for those interested in knowing a slice of Singapore’s recent entrepreneurial history.” Virginia also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Systems and Platform (2016-2018).

In addition to her professional interests, Virginia’s main passion is in wuxia novels and is an avid fan of Louis Cha’s novels. Virginia earned her first degree in Information Computer Science from the University of Hawaii, and her PhD from the National University of Singapore. She started her career as an operating systems programmer at Burroughs Corporation in the U.S. in 1980.

Zhang Cheng

Zhang, Cheng is a professor at Department of Information Management & Information Systems, Fudan University, China. He completed his Ph.D in information systems at National University of Singapore in 2004.

His current research interests include AI/IT business value, IT diffusion, electronic commerce and platform strategy. His works have been published by prestigious journals including MIS Quarterly, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, PLOS One, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, International Journal of Production Economics, Omega, International Journal of Production Research, Computer and Human Behaviors, Electronic Markets, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, Computer and Human Behaviors, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications etc.

He has served or is serving in the editorial review board of Journal of Association for Information Systems (2011-2014), Journal of Global Information Management (2008-), and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (2011-).

He has taught various courses at undergraduate and graduate level including: Programming Language, Data Structure and Algorithm, Knowledge Management, Management Information Systems, IS Theories and Methods, IT Management and Electronic Commerce, Asia E-Commerce, Strategic Information Systems, Big Data Analytics.

Alex Wang

Dr. Wang is a cross-border serial entrepreneur, senior executive and educator with rich and ground level experience in the US, Asia Pacific (particularly China), and Europe.

Dr. Wang currently serves as the Founding and Managing Partner of China Impact Ventures (CIV) which is an investment company focusing on supporting early-stage startups in cleantech and mobility. Dr. Wang is also a Professor of Practice at the School of Management at Fudan University in Shanghai where he teaches MBA courses on cross-border innovation and entrepreneurship.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Wang served as the General Manager of edX China, the massive online open course (MOOC) platform founded by MIT and Harvard. He was also the founder and CEO of an innovative eLearning company that developed the world’s first English learning immersive virtual world and launched a series of mobile apps that covered over 30 million Chinese students.

Prior to his eLearning venture, Dr. Wang was a founding team member and Vice President of Business Development at a leading Internet-based Enterprise Supply and Contract Management software company based in the Boston area (acquired by IBM). Alex was responsible for global partnerships and channel sales, covering North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Dr. Wang also held various positions at Lucent Technologies and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Dr. Wang received BS in Applied Mechanics from Fudan University, PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Student Testimonials

Before going on the NOC programme in Shanghai, I already had a keen interest in doing business and my internship experience further opened my mind to the world of entrepreneurship. Working in an actual F&B start-up environment was a great learning process, as I took on different roles that allowed me to fulfill various responsibilities which impacted the company. It was all about tuning myself to innovate day in, day out, to solve real-world problems with start-up solutions. This helped me to develop both hard and soft skills which are truly invaluable for a holistic university education.

Xander Khoo Yong Liang

NOC Shanghai alumnus, Faculty of Undergraduate, School of Design & Environment

This whole experience in China opened my eyes and really showed me that China is a place that is advancing way faster than us. Working in a startup exposes you to many life lessons. There are limited resources, tight deadlines and some nasty people out there. Going through all these and learning to adapt are lifeskills that would help you be a better person be it when you’re back in school, or working on your first job. It is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can experiment your ideas and make mistakes. Of course, work hard, play hard. Put your footsteps on places of the world you have never been before.

Alina Mak

NOC Shanghai alumnus, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences