SCALE was officially launched today, Friday 17 June 2016. It is the newest school in the NUS family aimed to promote and expand lifelong learning opportunities for working adults.
The launch event, held at Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, in University Town, kicked off with a lively lion dance performance. The guest of honour was Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education & Skills).
In his speech at the launch, Mr Ong said: "We are on a journey to transform our education system to recognise a broader form of meritocracy. We hope this will provide Singaporeans with more opportunities to develop mastery and deep skills in the areas of interest and passion.”
SCALE will be a key participant as Singapore builds its national SkillsFuture centres.
Excited about the launch of a new school dedicated to lifelong learning, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “This is an important new direction for NUS which will also actively support the national SkillsFuture movement. SCALE will offer differentiated opportunities for adult learners to acquire new knowledge and skills from NUS; help Singapore companies and industries stay competitive with industry-relevant professional development; and support national manpower needs."
At the launch, a Memorandum of Understanding between SCALE and National Trades Union Congress’ Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), was also inked. In partnership with e2i, SCALE will provide a suite of courses that will enable adult learners to pursue lifelong learning.
“We are pleased to partner e2i in NUS’ efforts to drive lifelong learning. The Institute’s focus on developing better skills, job matching, and improving productivity with companies has made a significant impact on thousands of working adults. We hope to work with e2i to help broaden and deepen the skills base of Singapore’s workforce and companies, especially in growth sectors of national strategic importance,” said Professor Tan.
He also added that he would be keen to build on NUS' long-standing relationship with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The plan is to use the expertise at the new NUS Institute of Data Science to identify the most important skills needs, and critical mismatches between skills demand and supply. Looking to partner with WDA on this, the University will play an upstream role in identifying skills and competency gaps, as well as opportunities, in the development of the Singapore workforce.
The launch ceremony saw a 5-member VIP delegation of Acting Minister, Mr Ong Ye Kung; NUS Chairman, Mr Wong Ngit Liong; NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan; NUS Deputy President and Provost, Professor Tan Eng Chye; and Dean of SCALE, Professor Wei Kwok Kee, lighting up a pedestal display by dropping the letters S,C,A,L,E into slots.
Following the ceremony and photo-taking session, Mr Ong was accompanied to view a demo of a flipped classroom session, headed by Associate Professor Ben Leong and Dr Damith Chatura Rajapakse and then to a reception and showcase of student projects.
SCALE will offer a range of programmes, courses and certifications, designed to meet the high demand of the Singapore workforce. Adult learners can choose from undergraduate certificate and graduate diploma courses, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, as well as short courses and executive programmes. All programmes will be designed with NUS faculties and schools, and in close consultation with WDA, the Economic Development Board and employers, to ensure they are aligned to market demand and industry needs.