Singapore’s SUTD Academy offers SkillsFuture-approved course on cybersecurity

SUTD Academy, the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s (SUTD) adult learning institution, provides skills-based professional education and training courses for entry-level jobseekers, mid-career professionals, executives and senior managers. 

Recently, SUTD Academy has launched the ModularMasters (MM) programme in Cybersecurity. The programme was developed as part of the SkillsFuture Series, supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, which aims to help working adults grow skills in emerging skills areas which are required across different sectors.

“SUTD Academy wanted to provide more flexible options and opportunities for working individuals and adults to upskill or reskill themselves. Hence, we came up with the idea of the ModularMasters, which allows participants to stack up short modules that they take up either out of interest or for reskilling purposes, and eventually allow them to obtain a certificate. Participants can also choose to pursue their interests further by going for the full master degree subsequently,” said Professor Pey Kin Leong, SUTD’s Associate Provost of Education, SUTD Academy and Digital Learning.

“We believe this will encourage them to continually upskill or reskill themselves to keep pace with the rapidly changing requirements of the workplace and help them stay relevant in today’s knowledge-intensive and technology-driven economy.”

MM programme allows adult learners to take up bite-sized skills-based modular courses (SBMC) that carry credits and earn an MM certificate. The MM in Cybersecurity will be the first MM programme launched by SUTD Academy.

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SUTD Academy has also partnered Temasek Polytechnic to develop transferable SBMCs that can contribute to the MM certificate in Cybersecurity. This means that students taking recognised modules from Temasek Polytechnic or other educational institutions can transfer over a set number of subject credits to SUTD Academy if they wish to earn an MM certificate in Cybersecurity which requires 60 subject credits.

“TP is pleased to partner SUTD for our modular courses to be stacked to SUTD ModularMasters certificate in Cybersecurity. Our students will have the opportunity to further upgrade themselves at SUTD due to the benefit that courses can be stackable across all our Institutes of Higher Learning. TP will continue to work with SUTD and other AUs for such recognition and stackability to their programmes,” said Temasek Polytechnic (TP)’s Director of Temasek SkillsFuture Academy Mr John Leong.

According to the press release, SUTD Academy is also building a pathway to allow adult learners who wish to further develop their knowledge in cybersecurity to apply to SUTD to pursue the full Master of Science in Security by Design (MSSD) degree by passing an entrance assessment examination and meeting other entry requirements subject to SUTD’s admission criteria for the MSSD.

Upon admissions, they can use the MM in Cybersecurity certificate to offset subject credits from the MSSD programme. This stackable modular approach creates flexibility for time-constrained PMETs/working adult learners so that they can take the MM modules based on their more immediate learning/developmental or reskilling and upskilling needs, and if interested, pursue a full Master degree subsequently.

The MM programme will be design-focused and hands-on. Capped at 20 to 25 students per instructor, the modules and courses will be technical in nature and some basic scientific/technical knowledge will be expected of participants.

Other new MM programmes in the pipeline include one each in data analytics, AI and design innovations. SkillsFuture Credit can also be used to off-set course fees for these programmes.

Under SUTD Academy’s SkillsFuture series, courses offered aim to ensure Singaporeans stay relevant in the future economy. These short and industry-relevant courses focused on equipping Singaporeans with emerging skills in areas such as Data AnalyticsTech-Enabled Services, Digital Media, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Urban Solutions, Entrepreneurship and Finance.

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