Inaugural NUS MSc Industry 4.0 students share common goal of shaping the future


7 August 2019 – Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today, and Raymond Chee wants to be ready to tackle the uncertainties that come with a revolution like Industry 4.0.

In his bid to identify what works in the future, Chee applied to be a part of the inaugural intake for the NUS Master of Science in Industry 4.0.

The executive director of Sealed Air Singapore – the company which won acclaim for inventing the bubble-wrap – wants to better comprehend the technical landscape his company is – and would be – in, and harness as much potential at his fingertips so as to help his company remain competitive.

“I want to understand what more I can do for our customers,” said Chee the NUS SCALE team on the sidelines of the MSc Industry 4.0 orientation programme. “I dabble in automation and I feel there is a lot more potential to what we can do, like enhancing current solutions by better understanding data and how we can integrate them into our work today.”

At the orientation programme, the cohort came together for the first time and got to know one another, while they also heard from Mr Goh Puay Guan, Academic Director of the MSc Industry 4.0 programme, and Ms Susanna Leong, NUS Vice Provost (Lifelong Learning).

They were joined by two other guest speakers – Mr Toh Keng Hoe, the General Manager of GoWild Singapore who gave talk on artificial intelligence and the future of how work would be like, as well as Mr Yeo Wee Loon, the Head of Career Advisory (Postgraduate) from NUS’ Centre for Future-ready Graduates who shared about the university’s employment resources that students can tap on.

The cohort also got a tour of the NUS campus before heading off to a site visit of technology firm Micron’s semiconductor plant in Woodlands.

With data touted to be the driving force behind new developments, fellow MSc Industry 4.0 course mate Dai Han is also keen to learn as much as she can about it and remain relevant in the future.

The 39-year-old electrical engineer had just graduated from the NUS Bachelor of Technology degree programme earlier in July, and is already raring to go on to the next step of her journey of continuing education and training.

Said Dai: “The Industry 4.0 revolution is still a relatively-fresh concept and I want to find out what it can do for me, and what I can do to excel in this age. I believe data analytics and artificial intelligence will be hot topics in the times to come, and I want to make sure I remain competitive then.”

It can be daunting for one to uproot and leave behind loved ones for work or study overseas, but Ghaddah Kamal is embracing her decision to move to Singapore.

Having been accepted into the inaugural intake of the NUS Master of Science (MSc) in Industry 4.0 degree programme, the Saudi Arabia native was looking forward to living in a new country for the first time.

That, and also the possibility of her playing a part in making history by shaping her nation’s future.

Ghaddah applied for NUS’ interdisciplinary MSc Industry 4.0 programme so that she could be a part of the Gulf State’s Saudi Vision 2030 transformative roadmap.

Approved in 2016, the mid-term blueprint aims to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversify its economy.

Said Ghaddah: “In this course, I’ll be able to come into close contact with new technology and grasp new concepts stemming from the latest industrial revolution, and learn what the rest of the world is learning.”

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