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Singapore Polytechnic to help engineering SMEs prepare for Industry 4.0

Singapore Polytechnic to help engineering SMEs prepare for Industry 4.0

Last
month, it was announced
that Singapore Polytechnic will collaborate with industry partners to expand
data analytics capabilities and knowledge in Singapore among local engineering small-medium
enterprises (SMEs) to prepare for Industry 4.0.

The
Memorandum of Understand (MoU) was signed between Singapore Polytechnic, TIBCO
Software Inc. and its partner iZeno. This latest initiative will help address the
current data skills shortage faced by local engineering SMEs.

Singapore's
engineering industry will require cross-competence skills, big data specialists,
data integration experts, and cloud capacity managers in order to reap the
benefits of Industry 4.0.

"Through
this collaboration, Singapore Polytechnic Engineering students and staff will
be equipped with data analytics skills to meet the needs of Industry 4.0 and
Advanced Manufacturing. This will enable them to excel in a rapidly changing
economy and contribute to the local workforce," according to Mr Toh Ser
Khoon, Acting Director of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Singapore
Polytechnic.

The
collaboration will focus on students from the Computer Engineering, Engineering
with Business, and Engineering Systems diploma courses, acquiring relevant data
analytics skillsets in the areas of Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing.

The three
organisations will jointly engage students through industrial practice, internships, and
other practice-based training. Full-time students will also have opportunities
for collaboration in final year projects and local industrial training
programmes conducted by TIBCO, preparing them to be work-ready. In addition to
full-time students, adult learners from relevant Continuing Education (CET)
courses will also be trained in data analytics.

To help
students develop industry knowledge and skills for successful careers ahead, Nicolas
Betbeder-Matibet, Regional Vice President (ASEAN and Greater China) of TIBCO said
that students will be able to get hands-on learning in TIBCO's dedicated Centre
of Excellence, leveraging TIBCO® Connected Intelligence solutions.

Close
collaboration between higher education institutions, industry partners, and the
Government is crucial in ensuring that Singapore’s talent pool is well-equipped
with the right technology and skills.

In
last August
, Nanyang Polytechnic also joined hands with software provider
TIBCO in developing data analytics capabilities to empower SMEs on their
digital transformation. The collaboration will be in the forms of guest
lectures, competitions, workshops, master classes, and other training.

Other than
academia-industry collaborations, the Singapore Government is also implementing
proactive policies and measures to help prepare the country for the future economy
of Industry 4.0.

As reported
earlier
, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) has launched the
Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index as a diagnostic tool to help
industrial companies harness the potential of Industry 4.0 in a systematic and
comprehensive way.

The
Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index helps companies in Singapore in
grappling with the concept of Industry 4.0 and the value it could bring. It
helps companies evaluate the current state of their facilities, architect a
comprehensive transformation roadmap and deliver concrete, sustained value for
their businesses.

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