Singapore has taken its efforts to combine workplace experience with classroom learning to higher levels. Two of its universities SIM University and Singapore Institute of Technology have launched programs through which students can receive sponsorship for their studies and be employed in job simultaneously. This program will be applicable from this academic year onwards.
The work and study graduate programs will be offered in civil engineering, electrical power engineering, software engineering, information security, and hospitality business by Singapore Institute of Technology. SIM University will be offering this program in business analytics and finance.
These two universities will collaborate with twelve partners who include government agencies and private firms that will be co-developing the graduate programs along with offering the internships.
These programs are aimed at both existing university students and those who intend to apply. Working professionals are also eligible to apply for these programs, quoted TNP.
This academic year will have 65 places offered and the number of programs and places is anticipated to increase over the next few years. Students enrolled in these programs can swap between semesters or days of study and work.
The SkillsFuture program launched in 2015 allows all Institutes of Technical Education, polytechnics and universities to combine study and work so as to ensure that the students secure appropriate skills for jobs as well as knowledge.
This program also ensures that students acquire skills and knowledge that are relevant to the industry and job they are hired for.
The internships at the universities range from 18 to 6 months that are being launched by the National University of Singapore for three computer programs from this academic year onwards.
Ong Ye Kung Singapore’s Minister for Education – Higher Education and Skills said that this kind of applied industry pathways are required to sustain the increasing number of graduates in Singapore. He also launched the Skills Future’s Work-Study Graduate Program at the graduation ceremony of Singapore Institute of Technology.
As per the estimates, almost 40% of each group will be enrolled at the universities by the year 2020 and firms will merely not hire applicants because they possess a degree.
Ong Ye Kung said that in a highly competitive ambiance the companies would like to ensure that the young talents whom they hire are passionate about the industry, and can integrate themselves well into the company.
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