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Partners Newsletter | Issue 2 | March 2021

Reskilling And Upskilling
For A Future-ready Workforce

Editor's Note

Martin YuoonIt has been a year since the World Health Organisation had declared Covid-19 as a pandemic. Many workers have been affected by the crisis; the lower income, self-employed and freelancers are more vulnerable as they may not have much savings to fall back on, and have less job and income security in the gig economy.

The job crisis created by Covid-19 has put a focus on finding opportunities to upskill or reskill even after formally completing studies. Many see the urgent need to reskill or upskill to stay competitive in a tight job market and in the post-pandemic world. The pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of adaptability and continual learning to ensure people are ready to take on changing job demands and seize opportunities.

At SUSS, we extend a helping hand to companies and organisations by continuing to work closely with them through its support of the SkillsFuture movement, Professional Conversion Programme, Work-Study Programme, amongst other offerings. SUSS assists its partners to develop a broad but relevant range of skills in their human capital, groom talents that are in demand by the market, enable individuals to upgrade and upskill at different stages of their lives and nurture everyone to be a lifelong learner.

Covid-19 has also changed the structure of teaching and learning. Online learning and online engagements are modes that have suddenly become pervasive and is the new normal. Like for many other universities worldwide, the current pandemic has presented SUSS with challenges. We've had to close our campus, conduct lessons all online, and even end-of-course assessments. Understandably, many of our learners felt lost and frustrated, even though online learning at SUSS is not new, but, life must go on and they have adapted.

And despite, or perhaps because of, all the challenges posed by Covid-19, we have stayed focus on our vision to be the leading university for social good. With that in mind, we launched our Centre of Excellence for Social Good which aims to provide learning as a platform for different communities to advance social good. Find out more about this centre which serves as a key node for learning, collaboration and solutioning among the non-profit, public and private sectors to positively transform our communities, amongst our other initiatives, in this issue.

Martin Yuoon
Director, External Relations
Singapore University of Social Sciences


Get the perspectives on, analysis by and insights into current topics by our stakeholders.
For this issue, do hear from Dr Daniel Seah, a lecturer at SUSS School of Law, about the impact of Covid-19 on the higher education landscape.

The Case for Online Learning

The importance of adopting a growth mindset in life to get the best out of learning.

In Action

Find out the outcomes of our strong reciprocal collaborations with local and international partners.

Launch Of Micro-learning Courses On SUSS UniLEARN

SRCA, SADEAF and SUSS present courses on first aid and an introduction to the Singapore deaf community and language.

SUSS SGUnited Skills Programme Boosts Employability

Trainees acquire industry-relevant skills through modular and bite-sized courses.

In The Spotlight

Discover our stakeholders who were inspired to rise to the challenge, excel in their respective fields and effect social impact.

SUSS Graduate's Winning Soft Food Idea

Gerontology graduate meets the need for soft food in Singapore's ageing population.

eLFA Community Outreach Award For SUSS

Regional award recognises SUSS's outreach efforts to the less fortunate and disadvantaged through the use of technology and community services.

Hand In Hand

Learn about the strategic partnerships which put SUSS at the forefront of an increasingly diverse and enriching global education space.

Learning To Advance Social Good

SG Cares Office and SUSS launch centre to provide learning as a platform for different communities to advance social good.

Training In Health And Wellness Coaching

NHGP and SUSS nurture graduates with the ability to conduct person-centred health coaching.

Great Eastern and SUSS to research on youth’s digital behaviour.

BTC Network To Strengthen Singapore's Global Trading Hub Position

Six commercial partners and SUSS commit to strengthen trade and connectivity linkages.

In The Cards

Check out what we have planned for you, from conferences and lectures to arts events. Should you have any enquiries about a specific event, please refer to the link and get in touch with the contact provided.

Singapore Early Childhood Education Chinese Symposium

Over the past two decades, the early childhood education sector in Singapore has gone through major transformations. Join us at the 2021 Singapore Early Childhood Education Chinese Symposium with the theme of learning through play as researchers and practitioners share findings and recommendations on pertinent issues related to Singapore’s early childhood education. Look out for more details closer to the event date.

SUSS Partnerships Dinner

This inaugural dinner will bring together prominent leaders from government, academic and industry to discuss future academic-industry partnerships trend and manpower needs; and exchange ideas for further collaboration and contribution towards the community served. More details will be shared closer to the date.

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