NUS and ST Engineering partner to develop future-technology capabilities
23 November 2018 – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and ST Engineering inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 23 November 2018 to shape a series of continuous education and training programmes in digital and future technologies over three years.
For a start, through this MOU, 1,000 employees from ST Engineering will attend fully-sponsored courses on areas such as data analytics, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) amongst others. In fact, courses have already begun, with the first batch of ST Engineering managers participating in workshops on “Data Analytics Begins with Me” and engineers attending courses on “Data Analytics and Visualisation” earlier in October.
Said President & CEO, ST Engineering, Vincent Chong, “People are our core strength. We are building a world-class workforce that is future-ready and equipped with both breadth and depth in technology and engineering capabilities. The signing of today’s MOU marks our commitment to further invest in our employees’ growth, in areas critical to our digitalisation drive.”
ST Engineering intends for these courses to equip its senior managers with deeper knowledge to lead digitalisation efforts across the Group, and further develop the skill sets and expertise of its engineers as they create new possibilities in this fast-growing domain.
“This course is an eye opener to the potential applications of data analytics,” said Alvin Choo, Programme Manager, Aerospace Engineering, one of the participants from ST Engineering who appreciated how the course provided technical insight into how issues can be resolved statistically. Elisa Pang, Manager, Singapore Business, Electronics, said she was able to apply what she learnt to better help her clients frame their problems and understand the kind of data that is more relevant and useful towards solving them. Meanwhile, Tan Soon Heng, System Consultant, Info-Software Systems, Electronics, who is currently taking a Master degree in data science and data engineering, shared that he has also gained a deeper understanding of the concepts in applied data science through this course.
Articulating the importance of these courses in entrenching the “think digital, think data” mindset, Julius Eng, Manager, Production Planning & Control, Aerospace Services, added, “We live in an age today where digitisation and data surrounds us constantly. Using data to drive business to the next level should constantly be in our minds.”
The MOU is driven by NUS’ School of Continuing and Lifelong Education’s (NUS SCALE) All-You-Can-Learn (AYCLTM) model, a customisable training programme for businesses to upskill and reskill their workforce accordingly, tapping on NUS’ extensive range of academic curricula and executive programmes curated from its many Faculties and Schools. This partnership with ST Engineering marks the latest step in NUS’ advocacy of lifelong learning and continuous education to its alumni, corporations and the wider public.
Speaking at the MOUs signing ceremony, NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua noted that the CET landscape in Singapore is quickly evolving, and disruptions in the workplace have mandated that the workforce upskill and reskill in order to stay competitive.
Prof Susanna Leong, Vice Provost (Lifelong Education), National University of Singapore, added in her speech at the ceremony that NUS champions continuous and lifelong learning and this MOU signing further cements the university’s commitment towards the education and retraining of the workforce to help them stay competitive amid the disruptions in the digital age.
In the meantime, ST Engineering is also exploring further plans with NUS to continue strengthening their workforce, such as developing bespoke undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for ST Engineering’s employees in digital and future technologies.