Singapore, 28 September 2018 – The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) has signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with local and regional market leaders to help students acquire deeper knowledge and hands-on skills to respond nimbly to industry developments.
Covering a range of initiatives, SUSS formalised the partnership with Outward Bound Singapore which is part of the National Youth Council (NYC), Health Management International Limited (HMI), Deloitte Singapore Risk Advisory and Wilmar Business Indonesia Polytechnic (WBI) today. The ceremony was witnessed by Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung.
The MOUs are in line with the university’s continued push in its unique brand of lifelong and experiential learning that seamlessly allows learners of all ages and background to gain a rich, inclusive and holistic education. The brand is solidified in the newly launched SUSS LifE (where LifE stands for Lifelong and Experiential learning). The collaborations include uplifting the capabilities of the healthcare sector to meet the needs of changing demographics, and will incorporate components such as boot camps, work attachments, overseas stints, and service learning activities. The collaborations are also aimed at meeting the evolving training needs of our workforce in a dynamic and disruptive environment.
Signing Parties and Collaboration Details
|Companies/Organisations||Signatories||Specific areas of collaboration|
|Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)||Prof Tsui Kai Chong, |
|Wilmar Business Indonesia Polytechnic (WBI)||Megawati Santoso, Ph.D|
- Entrepreneurship programme for students of both institutes
- Overseas Experiential Learning programmes in WBI, where SUSS faculty members will deliver courses in English, to students from both universities
- Joint research programmes between SUSS and WBI faculty members
- Community engagements by SUSS and WBI students
|Health Management International Limited (HMI)||Ms Chin Wei Jia, Group|
- Online course/programme development
- Joint research/projects
|National Youth Council (NYC)||Mr Tay Choon Hong, Senior Director (Youth), MCCY; Deputy Chief Executive, National Youth Council|
- Collaborate on initiatives, programmes and activities for professionals and practitioners in the field of outdoor education (OE)
- Development and delivery of a parttime Graduate Diploma programme in outdoor adventure education with Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), a division of NYC
- The programme is designed for experienced outdoor educators who wish to enhance and acquire advanced knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in the field of outdoor education or to extend their professional development
- Students with prior experience and training may be exempted from foundation modules
|Deloitte Singapore Risk Advisory||Mr Mohit Grover, |
- Co-develop case studies to enable graduates to learn Also a part of NYC: Page 4 of 8 more about managing risks in today's complex business environment
- SUSS will be inviting Deloitte as guest lecturers to conduct and deliver joint courses together
Apart from the specific areas of collaboration outlined above, the partners intend to collaborate on activities that will benefit their communities and SUSS in the following:
- develop and deliver classroom and/or online courses and programmes;
- identify joint research and development projects in areas of mutual interest;
- exchange of research and teaching personnel and/or internship or attachment programmes; and
- joint organisation and/or participation of academic and/or scientific activities such as conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures.
The partners will recommend relevant subject matter experts from their organisations to provide internship placements, participate in regular curriculum reviews, and offer other opportunities to enhance students’ overall academic experience. The strategic collaboration will last three years.
Prof Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SUSS, said: “Today, we have brought together key players of the industry with the rich expertise to enhance our programmes and enrich our students’ learning experience. Our partners will help us, as an applied university, develop quality curricula and methods of teaching and learning that impart up-to-date industry-relevant knowledge and skills. Our students can learn today, apply tomorrow, enhancing their value and competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
Mr Tay Choon Hong, Deputy Chief Executive, NYC, said: “Outward Bound Singapore is pleased to partner SUSS, to fulfil the desire of outdoor education practitioners to deepen their knowledge and expertise. We hope the partnership will also encourage other sector organisations to join us in uplifting the outdoor education industry together.”
Dr Megawati Santoso, Chief Executive Officer, Wilmar Business Indonesia, said: “Wilmar Bisnis Indonesia Polytechnic is looking forward to the collaboration with SUSS that will benefit graduates and lecturers from both institutions through the exchange and learning of different ways of thinking, socio-cultures and work ethics.”
Mr Tee Soo Kong, General Manager of HMI Institute said: “As Singapore’s healthcare sector evolves and undergoes a period of transformation, there is a concomitant growing demand for healthcare leaders to be effective and able to harness innovative technologies and big data analytics. Health Management International Group is delighted to collaborate with SUSS to focus on joint course development and delivery, digitalisation and online content development and joint research and development. The areas of collaboration serve to enable professionals be future job-ready, gain skills necessary to launch or boost career opportunities in high demand healthcare industry. The joint course programme development will adopt an innovative approach in which internationalisation and digitalisation are integrated as overseas workshops / study-trips can be facilitated to increase global exposure. Through these collaborations, we hope that we can contribute to the improvement of patient outcomes and build a healthier community together.”
Mr Mohit Grover, Executive Director, Deloitte Singapore Risk Advisory, said: “Deloitte is excited to partner SUSS in this programme to equip more young graduates with the skillsets and experience they need to enhance their market employability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Opportunities and risks are constantly changing in today’s complex world and it is important that the next generation of young professionals keep up-to-date on the latest industry developments. Through this programme, graduates will acquire new skills in managing risks through a series of business case studies so that they can stay relevant and be at the forefront of the industry.”
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About the Singapore University of Social Sciences
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is one of Singapore's six autonomous universities and its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society. Home to more than 15,000 students, SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, with a focus on the social sciences. It adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach and offers more than 70 degree programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SUSS undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee loans and study loans. For more information on Singapore University of Social Sciences, please visit www.suss.edu.sg.
About the National Youth Council
At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop futureready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.
About Outward Bound Singapore
With 50 years of legacy, Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) is the pioneer and leader in outdoor education in Singapore, providing adventure-based experiential learning to help develop rugged and resilient youths. From 1 January 2015, OBS is part of the strengthened National Youth Council to drive youth development and broaden outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.
Wilmar Business Indonesia Polytechnic
Wilmar Business Indonesia Polytechnic is the only polytechnic in Indonesia which has the vision of Entrepreneurship, with the significant curriculum content of entrepreneurs in every degree programs offered. We believe that our entrepreneurial education can yield strong, creative and innovative entrepreneurs with the competency to minimize the risk of failure, so as to compete globally and continue to grow their businesses sustainably. With appropriate methods and learning processes, we are generating entrepreneurs who will work for the benefit of the people or society and not merely for one's self-interest.
About Health Management International Ltd (HMI)
Health Management International Ltd (“HMI” or the “Group”) is a growing regional private healthcare provider with presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Group owns two tertiary hospitals in Malaysia, a healthcare training centre in Singapore and a network of representative offices in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. HMI Group’s healthcare training centre, the HMI Institute of Health Sciences, is a Skills Future Singapore accredited Continuing Education and Training Centre for the healthcare support sector. It has trained more than 4,700 healthcare professionals and 160,000 individuals in Emergency life-saving skills since 2001 and 2010 respectively. For more information, please refer to www.hmi.com.sg.
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