Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung has announced that the Government has proposed for SIM University (UniSIM) to become Singapore’s sixth autonomous university, which will come under the ambit of the Ministry of Education (MOE).
He also revealed that this autonomous university will focus on applied education – targeted at both students and adult learners, in the domain of social sciences, thus preparing them for socially-related careers, including social work, human resource, psychology, early childhood education, and law (focusing on family and criminal law). It will retain limited offerings in other areas such as accountancy, business and engineering.
This was shared by Acting Minister Ong, in his speech as Guest-of-Honour at the first of five sessions of the UniSIM Convocation 2016, which is held over three days from 12 to 14 October 2016 on the University's campus. In his speech, he spoke of how UniSIM now occupies a unique space in Singapore's education and skills training landscape; from the time the University came into being in 2005, to how it has grown and expanded its offerings, including full- and part-time applied degree programmes, and now hosts Singapore's third law school, set to receive its first intake in January 2017.
Acting Minister Ong explained that, while MOE, the UniSIM Board of Trustees and SIM Governing Council have all agreed that becoming an autonomous university is a positive and logical next step in UniSIM's development, the proposal needs to be presented at a general meeting of SIM members before a final decision is taken, and that the SIM Governing Council will be taking the necessary steps to do so. More information will be shared in due course.
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Acting Minister Ong Ye Kung addressing the audience.