Image credits: the National University of Singapore; Press Release

Image credits: the National University of Singapore; Press Release

NUS Computing launches new executive education centre for leaders and companies to ACE digital transformation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing has announced the establishment of a new executive education centre which is aimed at empowering senior business leaders with the knowledge and skills to harness emerging technologies for digital transformation and business competitiveness.

The new Advanced Computing for Executives (ACE) was launched by NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye at the Innovate Connect Economy (ICE) 2018 Conference which was held on 18 July 2018.

The programmes at the centre are aimed at senior executives who are operating at or near the top of their organisations. This includes CEOs, managing directors or executive vice-presidents in large and medium-sized corporations; senior partners in professional firms; senior executives in not-for-profit or public organisations; entrepreneurs; owners of large family businesses; and board members; and senior IT consultants and advisors.

Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS School of Computing made it clear that technology has become an integral and strategic part of all businesses today. He added that the establishment of ACE is timely, and it will enable industry leaders to better understand technology and formulate strategies to deal with digital disruption and business transformation.

ABCD of the internet economy

ACE will offer relevant courses in the ‘ABCD’ of the internet economy – Artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Cloud, and Data. Participants can also learn about the future of branding and retail, financial technology (fintech), as well as the risks associated with regulatory technology and fintech.

The courses conducted by ACE are eligible for the SkillsFuture and Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) subsidies.

One example of the various courses offered by ACE is the ‘Actionable Intelligence’ course, wherein the participants learn how to equip team members with accurate, reliable, useable, and timely information at their fingertips. The one-day course will rely on big data to provide guidance on the essential first steps a company needs to take to effectively manage information and use it to deliver business results quickly.

Another upcoming course is scheduled to take place from 23 to 24 August 2018. It is entitled ‘Machine Learning’ and provides a general introduction to using various IT-driven tools, software, and techniques for decision making support. Participants will learn how to decode a business problem and will identify the data, tools, and algorithms appropriate to answer the problem. Executives also learn intelligent techniques for decision making, e.g., expert systems, machine learning in-a-box, and the visualization of output to make sense of it all and provide a path to take action and measure results.

Professor Alex Siow, Director of ACE stated that technological advancements have accelerated the pace of change over the years. When companies fail to keep up with changes and hesitate to adopt emerging technologies, they are at risk of becoming obsolete. He added that attending the courses offered by ACE would enable business leaders to learn, apply and revitalise their businesses.

The course participants will be able to learn from leading researchers and practitioners from the NUS School of Computing and benefit from opportunities to network with other business leaders.

Addressing industry needs

NUS Computing has a strong focus on providing relevant training programmes to help industry and the private sector keep pace with technological changes. In 2009, the Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI) was set up to provide information technology leadership and operation management training to over 2,000 IT professionals and managers in Singapore and the region.  In 2012, the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) was created to provide IT and analytics training - it has since trained nearly 1,000 healthcare practitioners and allied health professionals. Both STMI and CHI are now part of ACE.

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