Internationalisation Series: Embracing Smart Nation & Digital Technology Opportunities in Shenzhen

This programme is focused on experiential learning and incorporates case studies workshops, panel discussions, site visits and class presentations to enable participants to achieve the following:

This programme will support Singapore’s broader engagement of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), especially in research and innovation, trade, sustainability & digital transformation: 

  • Better understand the technology and innovation landscape in Shenzhen
  • Visit Chinese tech giants(Tencent, Huawei, etc) to learn about their latest technologies and products, and to explore collaborations
  • Technology companies and manufacturers to leverage on the connectivity and the local partners in Shenzhen to expand business in GBA
  • Understand the dynamism of Shenzhen and foreign investment incentives
  • Benefit from business networking sessions with Tsinghua University alumni (business owners & senior management) 
  • Design a business strategy for implementation

Course Details

Course Dates:

Pre - trip workshop: 
12 November 2024

Course Dates: 
17 - 22 November 2024 (Overseas)

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Closing Dates: 4 October 2024


Who Should Attend

Business owners and senior management from technology, manufacturing and retail ecosystem


  • Basic knowledge in technology, manufacturing & retail

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
•    Acquire the latest knowledge on the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative opportunities in GBA;
•    Evaluate potential partnerships from business networking sessions, including Tsinghua University alumni (business owners & senior management), Singcham Guangdong 
•    Evaluate the business opportunities  
•    Create a business strategy for implementation 
Day 1 (Full day - Singapore)

Pre-trip in Singapore: Strategy Workshop: Opportunities in GBA for Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry 

Site Visit: Huawei Donguan Campus
•    Learn about latest technologies in Huawei’s 140ha research and development campus in Dongguan (an hour's drive north of Shenzhen)
•    Explore partnership discussions with Huawei Group

Day 2 (Full day - Shenzhen)

Site visit: Tencent Group
•    Understand Tencent’s latest technologies and products, including Industry 4.0, AI, & Web3 technologies.
•    Opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Seminar, Lunch and Networking Session 
•    Seminar on "Tencent's Global Partnership Ecosystem: Trends & Opportunities"
•    In-depth partnership discussions with Tencent Group

Site visit:Tencent Group
•    Understand Tencent’s ecosystem and related companies
•    Opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Sharing & Networking Session with Singcham Shenzhen
•    Panel discussion by selected Shenzhen business leaders & SUTD participants
•    Networking with potential local partners

Day 3 (Full day - Shenzhen)

Site Visit: Huawei
•    Understand Huawei’s latest technology and products, including AI & Web 3
•    Visit Huawei’s R&D Center at Shenzhen campus

Seminar, Lunch and Networking Session 
•    Seminar on "Huawei's Global Partnership Ecosystem: Trends & Opportunities"
•    In-depth partnership discussions with Huawei Group                                                                         

Site visit: Huawei Group
•    Understand Huawei’s ecosystem and related companies
•    Opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Sharing & Networking Session with Shenzhen Tech Association
•    Panel discussion by selected Shenzhen business leaders & SUTD participants
•    Networking with potential local partners

Day 4 (Full day - Shenzhen)

Site Visit: Shokz
•    Understand the innovation ecosystem for Shokz, the only earphone company globally with a core technology solution for bone conduction (1400 patents, 1000 trademarks) 
•    Explore partnership 

Site Visit: Artop Design Group 
•    Artop Design Group is a global leading  professional full industry chain design innovation servicer with  more than 1,000 experts in design, research, technology, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and branding fields. Clients include Huawei
•    Explore partnership opportunities 

Day 5 (Full day - Shenzhen)

Site visit: Tsinghua University International Campus in Shenzhen
•    Understand the technology & manufacuturing ecosystem in Greater Bay Area (GBA)
•    Explore partnership opportunities. 

Site visit: Xpeng
•    Xpeng has launched an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that is similar to Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) software, enabling its cars to navigate their way automatically on city streets. Autonomous driving vehicles from, Baidu, DeepRoute, AutoX are on the roads of Shenzhen today.
•    Understand the innovation & commercialisation process at Xpeng
•    Explore collaboration opportunities 

Day 6 (Full day - Shenzhen)

Hands-on Strategy Workshop on the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative: Trends & Opportunities
•    Participants to use a strategy framework to create their respective strategy

Roundtable on Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative: Trends & Opportunities
•    Panel Discussion 

  •   Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) rep 
  •   Regional Director (Shenzhen), IMDA
  •   Regional Director (Guangzhou), Enterprise Singapore 

•    All participants to share with their respective Strategy for GBA

Andrew Chin 
Lead Instructor, SUTD Internationalisation Series

  • Presentation of company's business strategy to capture business opportunties

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 

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Chin Min Han Andrew
Lead Instructor, SUTD Internationalisation Series
SUTD Academy

With close to 25 years of experience in education and publishing industry in Asia, Andrew Chin's multi-sector career has enabled him to experience the full spectrum of the education ecosystem in his roles as a Singapore EDB officer handling the World-Class University portfolio and the Specialist Information & Publishing Industry portfolio, Chief Representative & Country Manager (China) at Thomson Learning (Fortune 500 company), Cofounder & CEO for an early childhood education business, and Business Development Director (Universities) at Sodexo Group (Fortune 500 company) for Asia Pacific region.

After working 10 years in Beijing, China, Andrew returned to Singapore to work closely with the top leadership at Singapore Management University (SMU) on SMU China & East Asia Initiatives in Sept 2012. He is currently Program Director of SMU Executive Certificate in China Business, and Program Director of SMU Internationalisation Series. He teaches as an Adjunct Faculty of Strategy & Organization at SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business since Jan 2017. He teaches undergraduate courses, Masters courses and Executive Education courses effectively in English and Chinese.

Andrew Chin graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a Tsinghua-MIT Sloan International Masters of Business Administration degree under the Singapore Government’s Asian Business Fellows (ABF) Scholarship Program. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration with Second Class (Upper) Honours degree from National University of Singapore.

With Singapore Management University (SMU)'s nomination, Andrew is recognized as a Specialist Adult Educator (Curriculum Development) under the Adult Education Professionalization (AEP) initiative, a national level initiative under Singapore’s SkillsFuture.

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