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NUS and PSA sign MOU to develop human capital in advanced port technologies and intelligent systems

NUS and PSA sign MOU to develop human capital in advanced port technologies and intelligent systems

Featured image: Professor Tan Eng Chye (left) , NUS Deputy President
(Academic Affairs) and Provost, and Mr Ong Kim Pong (right), Regional CEO Southeast
Asia, PSA International at the MOU signing ceremony. Credit: NUS

To cultivate a new generation of Engineering and Infocomm Technology
professionals for Singapore’s Next Generation Port in Tuas, the National
University of Singapore (NUS) and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
last Friday to develop Human Capital to
support the growth of the port industry.

The new
Tuas port
will leverage automation technologies and intelligent
interconnected systems to enhance terminal productivity and optimise processes.
To build up the competencies required, PSA will jointly develop curriculum and
programmes with the NUS School of Computing and NUS Faculty of Engineering,
where students will have opportunities to advance their knowledge in a wide
range of areas, including data analytics, cyber security, automation and
intelligent systems. Problem statements and case studies provided by PSA will
help NUS students better understand how new technologies and intelligent
systems are applied to modern port operations and equipment.

PSA will also provide and strengthen its support for NUS’s
Global Engineering Programme
, Innovation and Design-Centric
Programme
, and Co-Operative
Education Programme
.

Mr. Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA
International, said, “PSA has moved quickly to embrace advanced port
technologies and intelligent systems, such as data analytics, automation, and
robotics, at our terminals as we prepare for Singapore’s container port of the
future in Tuas. We have embarked on a plan to redesign jobs and build
competencies, to continue to create exciting new career pathways for our
present and future employees. This MOU is therefore very timely as it allows
PSA to tap NUS’ latest pedagogy and resources, and brings opportunities not
only for us to equip NUS students with practical industry skills, but also
gives them the chance to pursue careers with excellent prospects in PSA.”

Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic
Affairs) and Provost, said, “NUS is pleased to partner PSA to jointly develop
manpower and capabilities relevant to the port and maritime industry. Our
students could develop competencies in port operations and management through a
combination of classroom learning – in the form of case studies and problem
statements from PSA – and hands-on experience, for instance through internships
and industry projects. Our faculty members would leverage NUS’ broad base of
research strengths to co-create innovative solutions with PSA staff to address
critical challenges confronting ports of the 21st century. I am confident that
this synergistic partnership will further strengthen Singapore’s position as a
global maritime hub.”

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