On 24 May 2017, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) became the first Singapore university to sign agreements with all five polytechnics in Singapore to provide a pathway for polytechnic graduates under the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) to deepen their skills through university-level courses.
The ceremony, which took place at Temasek Polytechnic (TP), saw the signings witnessed by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence; and Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore.
In particular, the joint-ELP Collaboration Agreement between SUSS and TP will see the launch of two 18-month ELPs in the second half of 2017 in Building and Service Sector, and Infocomm Technology Sector, which graduates can articulate to the relevant SUSS programmes of the Bachelor of Science in Facilities and Events Management, and the Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology, respectively. The ELP participants will take skills-based modules alongside SUSS undergraduates, while receiving on-the-job training (OJT). As SUSS’s students are mostly working adults, the ELP participants will benefit from the opportunity to network with and learn from adult learners, and gain more knowledge about the industry and its practices.
Upon completion of the ELP, the participants may apply to enrol in the corresponding degree programme at SUSS, receiving credit recognition of up to 50 credit units, including five credit units for the OJT component – a first for SUSS for such recognition. This will enable the ELP participants to continue deepening their skills and knowledge in a related field, and enhance the pathway for further education with SUSS. Pursuing structured learning, combined with work experience, will allow ELP participants to build on skills and knowledge acquired at SUSS and bring them closer to achieving their career goals. TP also signed a similar joint-ELP Collaboration Agreement with Singapore Institute of Technology, catering to engineering students.
At the event, SUSS also signed agreements with the five polytechnics – Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, and TP – to work together on ELP articulation, with SUSS giving credit recognition to specialist diploma and advanced diploma graduates from polytechnic-run ELPs with a duration of either 12 or 18 months.
The following table shows the collaborations that SUSS has with the respective polytechnics. Marked in blue are partnerships sealed on 24 May 2017.
|S/No||ELP||SUSS programmes that ELP graduates can articulate to|
1) Nanyang Polytechnic
|A)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Spatial Design|
i) Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with Business
ii) Bachelor of Science in Marketing
iii) Bachelor of Science in Business
|B)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Visual Communication||Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with Business|
|C)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Human Capital Management||Bachelor of Human Resource Management|
|D)||18-month Specialist Diploma in Retail Management||Bachelor of Science in Marketing|
|E)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Electronic Systems Development||Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics|
2) Ngee Ann Polytechnic
|A)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Sustainable Facilities Management||Bachelor of Science in Facilities and Events Management|
|B)||18-month Advanced Diploma in Accountancy||Bachelor of Accountancy|
3) Republic Polytechnic
|A)||Document of Intent for a 12-to-18-month joint ELP||-|
|B)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Hospitality Business Management|
i) Bachelor of Science in Business
ii) Bachelor of Science in Marketing
|C)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management||Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
4) Singapore Polytechnic
|A)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security||12-month Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security|
|B)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security||Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
5) Temasek Polytechnic
|A)||18-month ELP in Building and Service Sector||Bachelor of Science in Facilities and Events Management |
|B)||18-month ELP in Infocomm Technology Sector||Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology |
|C)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Wafer Fabrication||Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics|
|D)||12-month Specialist Diploma in IC Assembly & Test||Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics|
|E)||12-month Specialist Diploma in Big Data & Analytics||Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics|
(From right) Ms Jeanne Liew, Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nanyang Polytechnic; Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO of Singapore Polytechnic; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of SUSS; Mr Peter Lam, Principal and CEO of TP; Minister Ong Ye Kung; Mr Ng Cher Pong; Mr Clarence Ti, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic; and Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal and CEO of Republic Polytechnic.