News Details | 31-Jul-2013

Inaugural batch of SAF officers graduate with NTU Master’s degrees

This week, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will present Master’s degrees to the first 35 Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officers who have successfully completed their programmes.

The first group of SAF officers to complete their studies under the SAF-NTU Continuing Education Master’s programme launched in 2008, the programme enables eligible SAF officers to pursue a Master’s degree at NTU through full-time or part-time study as part of their on-going career development.

These 35 officers graduated from a variety of Master’s degree offerings at NTU, including Logistics, Management, Strategy, Strategic Studies and Instructional Design and Technology.

The participation of these officers in NTU’s degree programmes is coordinated by the SAF-NTU Academy, a multidisciplinary centre set up in 2010 to support the continuing education and professional military education and training of SAF personnel.

Before embarking on their Master’s programme, the officers had to complete NTU-accredited courses in the key areas of Military Leadership, Military Studies, and Military Technology, taught by senior SAF officers from the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College and trainers from NTU.

NTU Provost, Prof Freddy Boey said, “This partnership between the SAF and NTU is an excellent fit because we are both committed to advancing educational opportunities to train and develop Singapore’s future leaders. The SAF officers gain from the academic rigour and multi-disciplinary learning at NTU, and exposure to the latest ideas and best practices relevant to their military careers. Their classmates and professors also benefit from the unique perspectives that these officers bring to the classroom.”

SAF Chief of Staff-Joint Staff Brigadier-General (BG) Tan Ming Yiak Mark, who also co-chairs the SAF-NTU Academy Management Board with Prof Boey said, “We are pleased to see the first batch of our officers graduate with their Master’s degrees. They have worked hard to achieve this and I am confident that their new knowledge and skill sets will help them to operate better in today’s dynamic and complex environment.

“The SAF is committed to investing in the continuing education and development of our servicemen and women, and the Continuing Education Master’s programme is the result of the close partnership between the SAF and NTU to support their development and academic aspirations.”

Receiving his scroll at the NTU School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Convocation ceremony today was Republic of Singapore Air Force Military Expert 6 Ranjeet Singh, 41, who graduated with a Master’s degree in Logistics.

The father of three said, “What made my learning journey in NTU enjoyable was the excitement of acquiring new knowledge which I can apply to my work. The whole experience of juggling work, study and family has been most memorable, and would not have been possible without the strong support of my wife, as well as my colleagues and superiors.”

Republic of Singapore Navy Major (MAJ) Yip Cheng Yee similarly pulled through her studies with flying colours, despite her work and family commitments. MAJ Yip, who has been in the Navy for 17 years, is now a Master’s graduate in Management. She received her scroll last Saturday, two weeks before she turns 40.

Sharing her thoughts on going back to school after more than a decade, she said, “My learning experience in NTU has enhanced my analytical and decision-making skills that are required for my job as a branch head in the Naval Personnel Department. It has also enabled me to better coach and manage my staff officers in their course of work.”

In 2009, the SAF introduced a Full-Pay Study Leave scheme which gives officers the option to study full-time at NTU for 1 trimester (about 13 weeks). This scheme was enhanced in 2011 to extend the Full-Pay Study Leave period up to 2 trimesters (about 7 months), depending on their chosen Master’s degree.

One of the officers to benefit from the scheme is Army MAJ Darren Ler, 35, who received his Master’s Degree in Technology Management at NTU’s Nanyang Business School Convocation ceremony last Saturday.

He said, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to pursue and fulfil my personal aspirations on a sponsored full-time basis. I am grateful to be working in an organisation which is committed to developing its people to their fullest potential. The learning journey with NTU has been a truly enjoyable and enriching experience.”

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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, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. 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.
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