On 16 October 2015, SIM University (UniSIM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Civil Defence Force, Nanyang Polytechnic, Institute of Technical Education and Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), cementing the cooperation between employers of paramedics and educational institutions to jointly promote paramedicine skills mastery through training and education.
The guest-of-honour at the event was Mr Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), who launched the National Paramedic Training and Education Roadmap, which charts out the multiple pathways for paramedics to deepen industry-relevant skills and knowledge, as well as pursue professional upgrading, regardless of their starting points. This roadmap is in line with the national SkillsFuture movement to provide Singaporeans with opportunities to develop their full potential throughout life.
UniSIM collaborates with JIBC to offer a new Minor in Paramedicine and Emergency Response in its Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering programme, which is one of the new programmes in the roadmap. With the inaugural intake of students in July 2015, UniSIM became the first educational institution in Singapore to establish a paramedic training programme at the degree level.
The ceremony, which was held at the SAF Medical Corps Auditorium in Nee Soon Camp, saw the attendance of UniSIM representatives including President Professor Cheong Hee Kiat and Dean of the School of Science and Technology Associate Professor Philip Cheang, who witnessed and signed the MOU, respectively.
The signing of the MOU by the six parties, including UniSIM, represented by witness Professor Cheong Hee Kiat (standing, 1st from left) and signatory Associate Professor Philip Cheang (seated, 1st from left) (Photo credit: The Singapore Armed Forces).