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Above photo (from left to right): SUTD Chairman, Mr. Lee Tzu Yang, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr. Ong Ye Kung and SUTD Acting President and Provost, Professor Chong Tow Chong, at the launch ceremony of the SUTD Academy/ Credit: SUTD

Above photo (from left to right): SUTD Chairman, Mr. Lee Tzu Yang, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr. Ong Ye Kung and SUTD Acting President and Provost, Professor Chong Tow Chong, at the launch ceremony of the SUTD Academy/ Credit: SUTD

SUTD Academy launched offering 20 new CET courses in cybersecurity, data analytics, urban solutions and tech-enabled services

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) launched its new SUTD Academy on January 10, which will support the earlier announced SkillsFuture Series by offering 20 new Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses in cybersecurity, data analytics, engineering, urban solutions and tech-enabled services. These include 9 courses on cybersecurity, 5 each on data analytics and tech-enabled services and 1 on urban solutions.

(SkillsFuture is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education which aims to facilitate continuous education and training, upgrading skills to keep up with the fast pace of technological advancements and increasing competition. In October, a new SkillsFuture Series of training programmes in eight priority and emerging skills areas was announced to help equip working adults with the skills required across different sectors.)

The SUTD Academy will contribute to SUTD’s multi-year expansion plans through collaborations with strategic partners in industry, government, and academia, in key economic growth sectors such as Healthcare, Cities, Artificial Intelligence/Data Science, and Aviation.

Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr. Ong Ye Kung, who officiated the Academy launch, announced that his Ministry will be setting aside up to S$75 million to bolster SUTD’s growth plans.

Including the 20 courses launched today, the Academy aims to develop up to 60 courses in the next five years. These courses will provide more engineering and design-centric professional education options to jobseekers, mid-career professionals, executives and senior management.

The press release explains that SUTD Academy adopts the same education philosophy as SUTD - offering training courses and programmes that are multi-disciplinary, and aiming to promote design thinking as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and active learning, among others.

Some programmes introduce SUTD’s signature Big-Design concepts to participants and require them to work as a team to identify and develop a real solution/prototype that solves a technical problem they will face in the course of their work.

To maintain the quality of class delivery, class sizes are capped at 20 to 25 students per instructor. Since the courses are typically technical in nature, some basic scientific/technical knowledge will be expected of participants.

The courses will be taught by SUTD faculty, staff and adjunct faculty/fellows. Besides leveraging SUTD’s highly qualified faculty and staff to deliver its training courses, the Academy also augments its pool of instructors by identifying established industry leaders in relevant fields of expertise and engaging them as SUTD Academy Adjunct Fellows, where they play an advisory role to the Academy, as well as co-develop and deliver training to meet urgent industry needs.   An example is SUTD’s partnership with Deloitte Singapore, which involves co-developing courses in data analytics. The first co-designed effort was “Foundation of Data Science”, a four-day course that has been approved by SkillsFuture Singapore. Deloitte staff participated in the inaugural run of the course on 9 January 2018. 

Deloitte Singapore is among the 13 strategic partners with which Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed at the event by SUTD’s Acting President and Provost, Professor Chong Tow Chong. Partnership with these various organisations will enable the Academy to co-develop customised programmes with industry partners.

Company participants, as well as other working adults can enrol in the programmes, which aim to keep them up-to-date with the latest technological developments, and help them stay relevant in the evolving job market. For instance, transferable bite-sized modular courses with practical use in work, have been developed through the partnership with Temasek Polytechnic.

The 13 strategic partners include 4 organisations from the private sector, 4 from the public sector, 2 from education, as well as 3 professional bodies/ organisations:

Private sector

  • CPG Corporation: CPG Corporation (CPG Corp) is the corporatised entity of the former Singapore Public Works Department (PWD). It is one of the leading development professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, providing a full spectrum of infrastructure & building development and management services.
  • Deloitte Singapore: Deloitte Singapore is the local practice of Deloitte, the world's largest professional services network. Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services.
  • Keppel Offshore and Marine: Keppel Offshore & Marine is the global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialised shipbuilding.
  • Xilinx Inc.: It is an American technology company, primarily a supplier of programmable logic devices. It is known for inventing the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and as the first semiconductor company with a fabless manufacturing model. It is also a leading provider of SoCs (system-on-chip), MPSoCs (multiprocessor system-on-chip), and 3D ICs (three dimensional integrated circuits). Xilinx powers industry advancements in Cloud Computing, SDN/NFV (software defined networking/ Network functions virtualisation), Video/Vision, Industrial Internet-of-Things and 5G Wireless.

Public Sector

  • BCA Academy: BCA Academy is the education and research arm of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore.
  • Changi General Hospital: It is a public hospital with over 1,000 beds caring for a community of 1.4 million people in eastern Singapore, offering a comprehensive range of medical specialties and services. It’s a key partner and resource for the Eastern Health Alliance, the regional health system for eastern Singapore.
  • Civil Service College: This is a statutory board under the Public Service Division. It is the public sector’s principal institution for learning, research and staff development.
  • Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech): GovTech drives digital transformation within Singapore’s public sector. The agency lends engineering support to smart nation projects and for improvement of government digital services.

Education Sector

  • Research Communication International (RCI): RCI is a global corporate research consultancy in human resource, leadership and organisational development, specialising in the building of quality corporate cultures through research-based technologies for training, profiling and leadership benchmarking.
  • Temasek Polytechnic (TP): TP is one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Currently it offers 46 full-time diploma courses in the areas of applied science, business, design, engineering, humanities & social sciences and informatics & IT. It also offers over 30 part-time courses, up to the advanced diploma level.

Professional bodies/ organisations

  • Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES): IES is the national society of engineers in Singapore and it is often called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
  • Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF): SMF is a leading trade federation serving the manufacturing community by driving digitalisation, innovation-led productivity, business transformation and internationalisation towards enhancing the competitiveness of its member companies.
  • Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE): SIAE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aviation safety and aerospace technology.    Professor Chong said, “The SUTD Academy’s launch is timely as Singapore is encouraging continuous learning. It is important for professionals, managers and executives, to continually upskill themselves to keep pace with the rapidly changing requirements of the workplace. We look forward to working closely with strategic partners in both the private and public sectors, to gain industry perspectives and co-develop courses that will impart appropriate skills to help workers stay relevant in today’s knowledge-intensive and technology-driven economy, and help them better the world by design.”
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