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SUSS to co-host back-to-back conferences on learning in December

Singapore, November 29, 2019 – The first week of December will see Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) hosting two separate conferences related to different aspects of lifelong learning.


From 2 to 5 December, the 36th ASCILITE 2019 International Conference will be held at SUSS campus, where close to 300  experts, academics, industry partners and students from the Asia-Pacific region will explore ways to further enhance our ability to use ICT and technology for teaching and learning.

The event is co-hosted by SUSS and Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

With “Personalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.” as its theme, the conference will focus on the learner's needs in the use of technology and sound pedagogical practices. The theme is also in line with SUSS 3H’s education philosophy – “Head” for developing knowledge and skills; “Heart” for social awareness of society’s needs and “Habit” for passion towards lifelong learning.

One of the key speakers at the conference, Professor Koh Hian Chye, from SUSS Business Intelligence & Analytics, will be sharing his views on how analytics and educational data mining have been deployed to augment SUSS students’ learning journey. He will also explore how this exciting field continues to drive and disrupt the future of learning globally.

Another speaker, Emeritus Professor Mike Sharples, Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, United Kingdom, will discuss some of the innovations in teaching and learning brought about by new pedagogies such as adaptive, flexible, social and inquiry-led learning, and how these are being implemented in classroom and online on a large scale.

Several SUSS papers will also be presented at the conference, including one on data analytics for student profiling and academic counselling.

This is the second time that a Singapore university is hosting this annual conference here, which is usually held in Australia or New Zealand, after a 12-year hiatus.

Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress, and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Singapore will be the guest of honour.

Lifelong Learning Conference 2019

In conjunction with World Speakers Series and ASCILITE, the day-long Lifelong Learning Conference will be held at SUSS campus on 6 December. SUSS is co-organising the event with Lifelong Learning Institute, Lifelong Learning Council and SkillsFuture Singapore.

The theme for this year’s conference “Learning: A Way of Life”, focuses on the idea of developing and enhancing learning communities through thought leadership, examples and case studies. A highlight of the conference includes a presentation by Professor Dr Patrick Werquin on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and how it can be applied to revolutionise adult and continual learning. RPL is a form of assessment that recognises learning and capabilities that a person has acquired outside of the classroom, largely through work contexts. Through the RPL process, working professionals can attain formal qualifications without the need to re-learn what they already know. Prof Werquin is a professor at CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), French Tertiary Research and Adult Education Institution, Paris.

Additionally, the conference will showcase case studies on ground-up approaches to learning, learning communities within enterprises and technology-enabled learning in Singapore. The conference will also feature a panel discussion on lifelong learning, including community-based learning in Singapore.   

More than 250 academics and professionals from the institutes of higher learning, industry and people sectors in Singapore, will be attending the event, which will be graced by Mr Tan Kay Yong, Chairman of the Lifelong Learning Council, as the guest of honour.

SUSS warmly invites you and your photographer/camera crew to join us for the two conferences.

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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.

For more information on SUSS, please visit

About Lifelong Learning Council
The Lifelong Learning Council (LLC) is a community-led council that was appointed by the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), and supported by SkillsFuture Singapore.

Made up of leaders from both the private and public sectors, the council aims to inspire and drive community-led initiatives in promoting lifelong learning. The council also fosters partnerships by integrating efforts across communities, employers, unions, education and training providers, trade associations and the Government, to make learning more pervasive in Singapore.

For more information, please visit

About Lifelong Learning Institute
Launched in 2013, the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is one of two Continuing Education and Training campuses (CET) by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). As a vibrant adult-learning campus, LLI serves as a gateway for in-demand skills training and professional upgrading programmes. LLI also champions the promotion of lifelong learning and skills mastery.

We support:

  • Our workforce in their progression and capability development needs
  • Employers to address their manpower needs
  • CET providers to deliver best-in-class training programmes
  • Individuals and enterprises in embracing lifelong learning and skills mastery

For more information, please visit

About the SkillsFuture Singapore
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) drives and coordinates the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promotes a culture of lifelong learning and strengthens the ecosystem of quality education and training in Singapore. Through a holistic system of national SkillsFuture initiatives, SSG enables Singaporeans to take charge of their learning journey in their pursuit of skills mastery. SSG also works with key stakeholders to ensure that students and adults have access to high quality and industry-relevant training that meet the demands of different sectors of the economy for an innovative and productive workforce.  For more information, visit

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