Education & Training Opportunities

An Expert's View about Educational and Community Associations in Singapore

Last updated: 21 Jul 2011

The Singapore Government places a heavy emphasis on education, training and skills development, as the country's economy shifts from low-cost manufacturing to higher value-added activities (eg. R&D, financial services, advanced engineering, etc.).

Sector briefing Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Why Singapore? Singapore is a small island city with a population of just over five million. It remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world ? according to the International Monetary Fund, Singapore's GDP per capita ranks 3rd globally. In 2010, the Singapore economy was the second-fastest growing in the world. The Singapore Government places a heavy emphasis on education, training and skills development, as the country's economy shifts from low-cost manufacturing to higher value- added activities (eg. R&D, financial services, ?The Singapore government advanced engineering, etc.). places heavy emphasis on education and skills? in Education took up more than 20% of the 2011 2011 the sector received the Budget that was announced by the Government in March. This was the second- second-largest budget largest allocation, after defence. Expenditure allocation.? on education for the fiscal year 2010 was almost £5 billion. In 2010, the Government also announced that it will spend £1.25 billion Find general information on Singapore?s over the next 5 years to build a comprehensive market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Continuing Education and Training (CET) Doing Business Guide for Singapore gives an system that will help workers develop overview of Singapore?s economy, business competence in more complex tasks, mastery of culture, potential opportunities and an skills and depth of expertise in every trade and introduction to other relevant issue. profession. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore typically be about two years for students with Opportunities the requisite qualifications. Serious Games Some programmes offered through SIT by UK Universities are the Bachelor of Engineering In January 2011, the Media Development with Honours in Naval Architecture by the Authority of Singapore ( and University of Newcastle and the Bachelor of the Serious Games Institute of United Kingdom Science with Honours in Nursing Practice by ( the University of Manchester. announced two initiatives that aim to create opportunities for game companies from Institute of Technical Education Singapore and UK to work together: (i) a joint call-for-proposals on serious games; and (ii) The Institute of Technical Education the setting up of a Games Solution Centre in ( is looking to offer diplomas in Singapore. hospitality, pastry making, beauty therapy courses which is not offered in the The joint call-for-proposals will allow polytechnics. companies to receive mentorship from the Serious Games Institute in terms of game Private Education Institutions (PEIs) design and R&D. Under this initiative, MDA will, over two years, commit £2.5 million to Private Education Institutions, such as the fund selected projects. Singapore Institute of Management ( and the Management The Games Solution Centre will enable Development Institute of Singapore Singapore game companies to benefit from the (, have tie-ups with established R&D and training capabilities of the foreign universities, though there are still Serious Games Institute. requests for university partnerships. The MDA-SGI partnership will allow UK game Some programmes offered through these PEIs companies to hub their activities in Singapore, by UK Universities are the Bachelor of Science and use Singapore as a launch pad for their with Honours in Economics by the University of ambitions into the Asia market. London and the Master of Business Administration by the University of Wales. ICT Resources for Schools Specialised Schools One of the master plans for IT in education is to provide access to an IT-enriched school In recent years, specialised schools such as the environment for every child. All schools in Digital Media Academy Singapore already use IT as a resource, giving (, the Singapore rise to a constant demand for learning software Sports School ( and for all subjects across all educational levels. the School of the Arts ( have been set up. There are also opportunities to Tertiary Education work with training providers niche sectors such D as tourism and hospitality, media, wealth egree Programmes management, etc. The Singapore Institute of Technology ( was established Continuing Education and Training (CET) to provide an industry-focused university education in partnership with local polytechnics The Continuing Education and Training (CET) ? of which Singapore has five ? and reputable Masterplan aims to prepare the Singapore overseas universities. workforce and industry for two shifts: 1) the workforce of the future ? nearly 20% of SIT is responsible for planning, managing and Singapore's resident workforce will have at implementing degree programmes offered by least a diploma qualification by 2020; and 2) the overseas universities in partnership with emerging and growth industries ? to equip the polytechnics. At steady state, SIT plans to Singaporeans with the skills for job offer places to 2,000 full-time students. The opportunities in new growth industries. duration of SIT degree programmes would UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore To be ready by 2013, two National CET campuses will be located at Paya Lebar Central If you have any questions on the opportunities in the East and Jurong Lake District in the above, please contact the UKTI contacts named West. The two campuses are expected to in this report. Business opportunities aimed provide about 150,000 training places specifically at UK companies are added daily to annually. Existing CET Centres will be UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by expanded to meet the demand for skills-sets our staff overseas in British Embassies, High that are expected to be in strong demand by Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors industries in the coming years, such as and in over 100 markets. healthcare, finance and information & communications technology. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI The Skills Training for Excellence Programme website. Find out more on UKTI?s business (STEP) was launched by Singapore's Ministry of opportunities service on the UKTI website Manpower and the Workforce Development Agency in May 2011 to meet the diverse upgrading needs of Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). The £75 million programme will help some 60,000 PMETs over three years to achieve: 1) skills broadening; 2) skills deepening; 3) skills refreshing; and 4) developing a talent pool. Joint Collaborations for Third Markets Many local distributors of learning software are looking for joint collaboration partners in areas like development of content for the Singapore market; language translation for third markets e.g. China, for distribution in both Singapore and the UK. Several Private Education Institutions (PEIs) have links to, or have branches set up in, countries like China, Vietnam and other parts of Asia. There are opportunities for UK companies to work with Singapore companies rd in these 3 markets or to tap on their links. Other Opportunities Singapore's Minister for Education, in September 2010, announced that the Ministry of Education ( is looking to upgrade 10 schools in Singapore. This project is valued at £65 million. Upgrading works aim to incorporate facilities such as redesigned classrooms, performing arts and design studios, outdoor running tracks and indoor sports facilities. The Ministry of Education, in May 2011, announced that it was seeking ways to make school classrooms here cooler and more conducive to learning. The Ministry has asked industry specialists for ?innovative? and ?cost effective? solutions that will not send schools' utility bills up. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Major events and activities UKTI contacts UKTI contacts HR Summit 2011 26-27 May 2011 Cheryl Lee Trade & Investment Manager British High Commission, Singapore HRO Summit APAC Tel: (65) 6424 4324 11-12 May 2011 Email: e-Assessment Conference Sarah Croft 2-3 June 2011 Director, Trade British High Commission, Singapore Tel: (65) 6424 4302 Singapore Human Capital Summit 2011 Email: 28-29 September 2011 The English UK Fair 15-18 November 2011 To be confirmed: International Conference on Teaching and Learning Technology (ICTLT) March 2012 Regional Events BETT Asia 8-9 November 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia IPSEF Asia (tbc) (International and Private Schools Education Forum) March 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in Singapore are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Singapore, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Singaporean market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Singaporean market. This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. 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Posted: 21 July 2011, last updated 21 July 2011

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