Promote continuing education in the built environment with new strategic MOU between RICS and SUSS

Singapore, June 4, 2020 – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to promote continuing education amongst built environment practitioners. The collaboration intends to raise the standard of the industry by jointly developing and offering relevant seminars/talks/training courses.

Recognising the mutual interest between RICS and SUSS in the field of education, research, training & development and dissemination of knowledge, the MoU is established to promote international collaboration and increase contribution to social development.

Marcus Lim, Head of Singapore, Southeast Asia of RICS said: “As part of our commitment to drive industry transformation, the partnership is an important step forward for us to further contribute, upskill and uplift the built environment with more relevant insights and in-demand technical skills relating to the industry.”

Professor Attallah Samir, Dean of School of Science and Technology at SUSS, said: “This partnership will help provide continuing learning for built environment practitioners to stay competitive in the ever-changing sector. With SUSS’s expertise in the delivery of online and applied learning, it will allow busy professionals to enjoy better work-life-study balance, while gaining valuable industry-relevant skill sets.”

Kicking off the collaboration, RICS is running a webinar on July 10, 2020 regarding a research study undertaken by Dr Sheila Conejos, Senior Lecturer in the School of Science and Technology, SUSS. She will share her findings from the research study which is the first comprehensive assessment to determine the green maintainability potential and performance of high-rise Vertical Greenery Systems (VGS) in tropical conditions, hence leading to the formulation of case study-based ‘design for maintainability’ (DfM) guidelines.

Going forward, RICS and SUSS will continue to roll out a series of joint activities that are both insightful and reflective of the current market.

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About RICS
Everything we do is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. Through our respected global standards, leading professional progression and our trusted data and insight, RICS promote and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our work with others provides a foundation for confident markets, pioneers better places to live and work and is a force for positive social impact.

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About the Singapore University of Social Sciences
SUSS is a university with a rich heritage in providing lifelong, learner-centric and industry-relevant education.  Our mission is to champion lifelong education to develop future thinkers and leaders to their fullest potential through our 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning.

We offer more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programmes, available in full- and part-time study modes which are flexible, modular and multi-faceted in learning experience to cater to both fresh school leavers and adult learners. We also launched a broad range of continuing education and training modular courses for the professional skills and knowledge upgrading of our workforce.

Our programmes and courses are made available through our five schools:

  • S R Nathan School of Human Development
  • School of Business
  • School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Science and Technology

To date, over 30,000 graduates have chosen SUSS as their university of choice. Each year, about 15,000 students are pursuing their full- and part-time studies with us.

From 1 April 2019, the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) became an autonomous institute of SUSS. Both entities enable a synergistic collaboration as IAL brings to SUSS its expertise and experience in adult learning and Continuing Education and Training (CET), while SUSS provides an ecosystem of resources and experts rooted in academic rigour.

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