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Joint Singapore-China construction management programme

03 December 2012

Participants of the Advanced Management Programme at the Shanghai Poly Jiading Grand Theatre

Dialogue session where panel of experts discussed strategies in construction management

The inaugural batch of participants taking the BCA-NUS-Tongji University Advanced Management Programme 2012 (AMP): Excellence in Construction Management has successfully completed the two-week course recently. The 23 senior managers and key personnel of the construction industry came from Singapore, China, Australia and Japan.

Initiated by the NUS Centre for Project Management and Construction Law, Department of Building, the AMP was conducted jointly with the BCA Academy - the training and research arm of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) - and the Tongji University's Department of Construction Management and Economics in Shanghai, China.

The specially tailored programme focusing on excellence in construction management helps enterprises innovate and analyse the competitive advantage in contracting businesses, including organisational design for international operations. A good mix of lectures, forums, industry dialogues and experiential learning journeys enabled participants to gain practical perspectives on best practices and construction management strategies for major local and overseas projects.

Companies participating included Keppel Land International Ltd, Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd, China Bengbu Corporation for International Tech-Economic Cooperation, Surepoint Australasia Pty Ltd and YKK AP Façade Pte Ltd.

The AMP was conducted at the BCA Academy, NUS Department of Building, and the Department of Construction Management and Economics at Tongji University. As part of the learning journey, the participants visited the building sites of the Singapore Sports Hub, the Shanghai Integrated Transportation Hub, the Shanghai Poly Jiading Grand Theatre, the Shanghai Tower and the South Hongmei Road Tunnel. The respective consultants and builders gave insights on the best practices adopted for both management and technology.

The programme concluded with a dialogue where a panel of industry leaders, academics and professionals discussed strategies in productivity enhancement and competitiveness in the global construction market. Besides the knowledge shared, the participants also established networks and business links in Singapore and China.

Planned to be a yearly event, the course will continue to evolve to meet marketplace demand, including expansion to include other organisations, countries and pedagogical approach.