Programme addresses growing need for more management employees in logistics industry
SIM University (UniSIM), in collaboration with the Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), is pleased to announce the development of the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the only dedicated logistics degree programme to be offered by a local university in Singapore. The programme is also the first logistics programme to be offered by a local university on a part-time basis here.
The programme targets existing logistics industry employees with diploma qualifications keen to upgrade their skills to assume management positions. Working professionals seeking a midcareer switch to the burgeoning logistics and supply chain management industry may also benefit from the programme.
In Singapore, the logistics industry is identified as a key sector by the Economic Development Board (EDB). In 2007, Singapore is ranked as the top logistics hub among 150 countries1. It accounted for 9.4% of Singapore's GDP last year and employed 180,000 people. A strong logistics and supply chain industry is crucial for Singapore. The competitiveness of our trading and export-oriented manufacturing industries depends on it.
Moving forward, Singapore aims to move up the value chain by going beyond operational supply chain functions like sourcing, procurement and network optimisation, to developing next generation supply chain solutions that could take the industry to the next level. To do this would require the right industry professionals who are well-trained to take on management roles. Currently, about 600 students will graduate each year with a logistics diploma from the polytechnics and another 500 professionals from the industry will seek to upgrade to a degree. These form the potential pool of students for the UniSIM-SLA programme.
One key programme feature is that graduates will be industry-ready and immediately deployable for work in the logistics industry. Our industry collaborator - SLA - will play a key role in ensuring the industry relevance and job practicality of the programme.
As part of the partnership, SLA will provide academic and research support in the programme. SLA will also leverage its membership network to provide attachment or job opportunities as well as scholarship awards to students pursuing the programme. The UniSIM degree programme is also one of the initiatives under SPRING's Local Enterprise & Association Development (LEAD) Programme that SLA has committed to assisting SMEs expand and upgrade their pool of tertiary-educated logistics professionals. The new degree programme aims to upgrade the logistics industry, enhance the competitiveness of local logistics companies and keep them up to date with the latest business and management concepts.
Since July 2008, all eligible adult learners at UniSIM enjoy government subsidies of up to 40% for their degree programmes.
1 World Bank 'Trade Logistics in the Global Economy' 2007