Published on: 07-Jan-2015
■ Revamps two part-time engineering degrees so students can graduate in four years
■ Introduces part-time computer science degree programme
■ Sets up new office to assist working professionals in skills upgrading
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is revamping its part-time engineering degree programmes to provide more opportunities for working professionals to get a degree.
From August this year, part-time students taking the revamped degree programmes in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering can graduate within four years instead of the current five years.
NTU will be also be introducing a new part-time degree programme in Computer Science from August this year, giving working professionals more opportunities to upgrade their skills.
These part-time degree programmes will be offered over three semesters (tri-semester) instead of the current two semesters. Students will also have greater flexibility in deciding the number of courses in each semester. Courses will also be offered during the inter-semester breaks to maximise the time for teaching.
Adopting the ‘flipped classroom’ pedagogy, most lectures and course materials will be online and packaged into bite-sized segments for learning before the class to facilitate greater discussion and engagement in the classroom.
With this new pedagogy, face-to-face sessions with professors will provide a more effective and personalised environment for learning. Tutorial discussions are enhanced as students will now learn through guidance and coaching rather than lecturing.
Part-time students will sit for the same examinations as full-time students.
NTU Senior Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), Professor Kam Chan Hin said, “Leveraging innovative learning approaches such as the flipped classroom has allowed us to streamline and enhance our part-time degree programmes. This approach encourages deeper learning and more substantive discussions to take place during face-to-face sessions.
“Through such blended learning pedagogy, fundamental core content can be delivered online before students come to class. This will not only allow students to participate in active learning remotely, but is more accommodating of their busy career schedule by reducing the time needed to be on campus.
“NTU continues its innovative and leading edge educational approaches by actively designing, developing and implementing an increasing number of online/blended learning courses in the University. Coupled with a tri-semester schedule and greater flexibility, working professionals in our part-time engineering programmes will be able to graduate faster and advance quickly in their chosen careers.”
Industry demand sees launch of new part-time computer science degree
Offered by the School of Computer Engineering, the new part-time degree programme in Computer Science caters to the rising demand for computer scientists, with the flourishing cloud computing industry and an increasing reliance on computers and technology.
The programme’s various courses will provide the students with a solid foundation to meet the future challenges brought on by the rapid pace of technological changes, and prepare them for a life-time of learning and upgrading of skills.
Specialist Modular Certificate Programmes
NTU will also be introducing two new standalone part-time Specialist Modular Certificate Programmes. These short-term modular certificate programmes comprise four to five courses and are designed for working professionals to update their knowledge on specific topics in industries such as energy, oil and gas, and offshore engineering.
Academic units earned from these modular certificates can be counted towards the total course requirements should students subsequently decide to enrol in the degree programme.
New Office of Professional Education
A new office has been set up to oversee the overall coordination and administration of NTU’s part-time engineering degree programmes, the new Computer Science programme and the two specialist modular certificate programmes.
Associate Professor Stephen Lee Siang Guan, Director of the Office of Professional Education, said, “The new office will serve as a one-stop centre for current and prospective part-time students. As our programmes cut across three or four different schools, the office will make it easy for the part-time engineering students by streamlining various services for the students and working professionals.”
Similar to the undergraduate engineering programmes, part-time students are also able to choose from a number of specialisations based on their interests and aptitude. See Annex A
for the list of part-time engineering degree specialisations that will be offered.
Applications are now open till 31 January 2015.
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Nur Amin Shah
Assistant Manager (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 4714
About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg
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