On 15 May 2012, UniSIM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Construction Industry Joint Committee (CIJC) at BuildTechAsia 2012, an exhibition featuring the latest in technologies in the building and construction industry. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, was guest of honour at the event held at the Marina Bay Sands.
The signatories of the MOU were Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM; Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of BCA; and Dr Ho Nyok Yong, Chairman of the CIJC - a committee formed in 1997 by key organisations in the construction industry. The CIJC's eight members are the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore, Institution of Engineers Singapore, Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, Singapore Contractors Association Limited, Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Institute of Building Limited, Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, and Society of Project Managers.
Under this agreement, the CIJC will support the Bachelor of Building and Project Management (BBPM) programme jointly developed by UniSIM, through its School of Science and Technology, and BCA. Besides endorsing the BBPM programme, the CIJC will appoint representatives from its institutional members to sit on the programme's advisory panel to provide feedback and offer strategic plans, as well as undertake roles such as course designers, developers, instructors and assessors. This will ensure that the programme's courses are rigorous, relevant and ready-for-use. The three parties also agree to co-host seminars and co-organise visits.
Signatories of the MOU (6th from left): Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of BCA; Dr Ho Nyok Yong,
Chairman of the CIJC; and Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan (4th from right) graced the event.