In 2012, a team from Raffles Institution visited the United States Military Academy, also more affectionately known as Westpoint, as part of their US study trip to glean insights of best practices for student and leadership development.
Westpoint is a world class education institution that produces soldier-scholars for public service through the military career. It was during this visit that the plan to host Westpoint cadets at RI for their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) was hatched. That same summer two cadets and their accompanying faculty staff arrived at RI for a two week stint. Both cadets and faculty staff had opportunities to learn about RI and Singapore at large with regards to history, heritage and cultures. Our Westpoint delegates also interacted with our students and teachers of RI during a dinner hosted at RI that included other Westpoint graduates from the US and Singapore Armed Forces.
This year, with strong support from SAF, RI co-hosted the second delegation from Westpoint - including three faculty staff and two cadets - in July. An improvement to last year’s program saw both Westpoint cadets and faculty staff being hosted by SAFTI MI for a week before coming over to RI. The delegates had opportunities to interact with officer cadets from the Officer Cadet School (OCS) and to observe field trainings.
When at RI, the Westpoint cadets co-delivered two leadership seminars with our RI-SAF scholars to our current student leaders. COL Bernard Banks, an US Army Professor and Head of Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership at United States Military Academy at Westpoint, also delivered a public leadership seminar for educators on the 26th July at RI. This seminar was organized by RLI as part of the effort to promote leadership education and development across the schools in Singapore.