SIM University (UniSIM) is launching the only dedicated Human Resource Management (HRM) Degree Programme, here in Singapore.
Commencing July 2008, the UniSIM programme is targeted at HR practitioners and working professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills through specialisation in HRM.
"Talent management is key to ensuring business viability and sustainability in today's globalised economy. HR practitioners are expected to take on new strategic roles that effectively support business strategy and goals, regardless of industry. Our HRM programme will meet market demands for talents with specialised HR skills. We have designed the programme to be broad-based and applicable to many sectors of the economy," said Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, UniSIM.
Students will be equipped with the four HRM core competencies – change agent, strategic partnership, administrative expert and employee relations, and be able to perform effectively in a multicultural, multinational and multi-skill setting, as part of the global economy.
This new programme is UniSIM's latest offering in providing continuing education and training for working professionals and helping industry to meet talent needs. Its programmes are now made even more accessible to adult Singaporeans and permanent residents, with the Government's plan to subsidize up to 40% of their course fees.
The HRM programme aims to train HR practitioners with the necessary skills and knowledge, applicable across multi-disciplines, in order to execute fully and effectively their new strategic roles.
The demand for highly-skilled HR practitioners has been reflected in research done by The Ministry of Manpower, "Singapore Labour Market First Quarter 2007, June 2007", which highlights the HR manager job as one of the top 10 job vacancies to be filled in 2005 and 2006.
Industry response to the UniSIM programme
According to Mr Erman Tan, CEO of Asia Polyurethane Manufacturing, "The UniSIM HRM programme will meet the training needs of students who are interested in pursuing HRM as a career. The programme offers relevant, diverse and cross-disciplinary training to students and this certainly equips them with an all-rounded knowledge to tackle the challenges faced by HR personnel in the present business environment."