Published on: 01-May-2016
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has established a new College to advance adult education and professional development for Singapore’s workforce to better meet future challenges.
The new College of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE College) will develop programmes for continuing professional education and development, to equip Singapore professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) with updated knowledge and skills to keep PaCE with the rapid technological changes rippling through today’s increasingly competitive economy and industrial landscape.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today announced that the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will partner NTU to support working adults, especially PMEs, to upgrade their skills. The Labour Movement is injecting $200 million into the NTUC-Education and Training Fund to support this, and NTU is NTUC’s first university partner.
Professor Freddy Boey, NTU Provost said, “NTU is very proud to be able to contribute towards Singapore’s huge effort in SkillsFuture in this partnership with NTUC, to ensure our workforce remains globally competitive and Singapore companies can flourish in today’s fast-changing technology landscape. Our PMEs can now leverage on NTU’s deep expertise in established and emerging technologies. We want more Singaporeans to benefit from the world-class education that we already provide, as a university that is among the Top 15 in the world.”
New courses for PMEs launched
Under the NTU and NTUC partnership, the PaCE College will be offering 28 undergraduate-level courses for part-time study starting from August 2016. These courses have been developed for technology-enhanced learning using the new flipped classroom pedagogy. Students access and study course material online before meeting classmates and their professors in face-to-face discussions and brainstorming sessions.
Spanning 13 weeks each, the courses are for key growth sectors such as Biomedical Instrumentation, Data Analytics, Digital Electronics, Nanomaterials fundamentals and applications, as well as advanced Molecular Genetics, Sustainability, and Enterprise and Innovation.
The courses, which were selected in consultation with employers and industry, are drawn from NTU’s undergraduate degree programmes. They will enable working professionals to update their knowledge on specific topics. The academic credits can be accumulated to qualify for a specialist certificate or a degree when they are admitted into a full degree programme.
NTU and NTUC are currently working closely to identify and develop more courses to meet the specific needs of groups such as business owners and senior executives of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as freelancers and the self-employed in subsequent phases of this partnership.
NTUC members will enjoy a course fee subsidy of up to $250 per year under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP), on top of the SkillsFuture subsidy, while non-union members can use their SkillsFuture credit given by the Government to offset the course fee. For example, an NTUC member who is a Singaporean PME above 40 years old will only need to pay around $100 after getting the UTAP and SkillsFuture subsidies off a course fee of $1,350.
PaCE College will subsume NTU’s Office of Professional Education and Centre for Continuing Education, and draw upon NTU’s world-renowned faculty and strong connections to key industries to support working adults to update, upgrade and upskill in their journey to attain their professional goals and personal educational aspirations.
Besides the credit-bearing courses drawn from various undergraduate and graduate academic programmes across a wide spectrum of disciplines, PaCE will also offer executive, personal development and enrichment non-credit courses. The new College will thus offer multiple educational pathways to professional, intellectual, and creative development through its continuing education programmes, such as in Analytics, Business Finance, Performance Management and Strategic Thinking.
Leveraging Technology-Enhanced Learning
Professor Boey said, “NTU has launched a major initiative in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) for our full time students. This strong commitment will enable us to scale up, develop and deploy even more innovative technologies to help our PMEs to upgrade their skills efficiently.”
PMEs busy juggling their careers and skills upgrading will appreciate NTU’s TEL approach. They will have the flexibility of managing their studies at their own pace with the interactive course content delivered online. This reduces the commuting time needed to attend lectures in person and the face-to-face classroom time is better utilised for more in-depth discussions and problem solving with their peers and professors.
“The participants will also be able to interact and share their learning in online learning groups and communities of practice, thus deepening their understanding of industry best practices and trends,” Prof Boey added.
Professor Kam Chan Hin, NTU’s Senior Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) said, “Technology-Enhanced Learning enables participants to learn wherever, whenever and however they want, using any device. TEL will provide a rich source of data on student learning and facilitate high-quality, individualised feedback between the professors and learners.”
A pioneer in implementing new learning technologies, NTU has ambitious plans to redesign 1,500 of its undergraduate courses for online delivery using the flipped classroom pedagogy by 2020. A number of these 1,500 courses will be progressively opened to PMEs.
For more information about the continuing training and professional development programmes offered by NTU’s College of Professional and Continuing Education, please visit: copace.ntu.edu.sg
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687
About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 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 for 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).
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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