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14 September 2011 - PMEs to be Future Ready in Cloud Computing and Business Analytics

Inaugural collaboration between Singapore Management University and Next U to launch relevant courses to groom professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) for the next wave in info-technology

To equip our PMEs, and to raise the efficiency and productivity of our industries through such technologies, Next U, the executive executive education arm of NTUC LearningHub, has inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Singapore Management University School of Information Systems (SMU SIS) to launch professional short courses in Cloud Computing and Business Analytics.

In order to serve PMEs, the Labour Movement (LM) has initiated schemes such as the Union Training Assistance Plan (U-TAP) for all Next U courses. This collaboration with SMU is the latest of the LM’s efforts to equip PMEs with the relevant career skills to remain competitive in the workforce.

“The LM aims to co-create and facilitate touch points which will have positive impact on the PME Community in Singapore. One key pillar is in the area of professional development which involves training, up-skilling and the career development of our PMEs. It is with this end in mind that the LM is forging partnerships and forming alliances with industry partners and key stakeholders to leverage of each other’s strengths and assisting PMEs and helping them enhance their careers and pay prospects.” said Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan, NTUC Director for PMEs & Legal Services, and Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the signing ceremony.
“Private and public sector leaders often tell us that our SMU SIS degree programmes excel at preparing people to create and use IT applications in business settings in innovative and value-creating ways. We are repeatedly asked by organisations if we could provide their employees with short-course versions of our curriculum content and expose them to our innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Through this partnership with NTUC Next U, we can respond to these industry requests in much more scalable and effective ways. This is why we have embraced this partnership,” said Professor Steven Miller, Dean, School of Information Systems, SMU.

This partnership is also in line with Singapore’s Intelligent Nation 2015 masterplan of the Infocomm Development Authority which emphasises the importance of preparing companies and PMEs to harness the benefits of business analytics, cloud computing and productivity enhancement through business process management.

“We are delighted to work with Professor Steven Miller and his team to deliver a series of professional short courses designed to enable professionals to up their game in business analytics, cloud computing and business processes and systems,” said Mr Zee Yoong Kang, CEO, NTUC LearningHub.

This first partnership between SMU and Next U in professional education will see an initial set of 14 short courses in three training areas - Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Business Processes & Systems. The courses will be delivered in the SMU SIS style of innovatively contextualising information technology and systems education into business scenarios and settings. Trainees who have completed the programme will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from SMU. Some of the short courses can also be combined for credit exemptions for similar modules from SMU’s Masters in IT for Business (MITB) programme.

The MOA was signed by Professor Steven Miller, Dean, SMU School of Information Systems, and Mr Zee Yoong Kang, Chief Executive Officer of NTUC LearningHub, and witnessed by Mr Tay.

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