Newshub - NUS' News Portal

Taking Singapore education to China

01 February 2013

Representatives from the seven local institutions inked a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the establishment of the alliance including Prof Kong (third from right)

Prof Kong (third from right) sharing about how NUS can contribute to Singapore TDA

Educational ties between China and Singapore are set to strengthen with the launch of the Singapore Talent Development Alliance (TDA) on 30 January. Spearheaded by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the first-of-its-kind partnership brings together seven public and private Singapore educational institutions to offer customised courses for the Chinese market. The members are NUS, Civil Service College, ITE Education Services, Nanyang Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, NTUC Learning Hub and Singapore Management University.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer of IE Singapore Mr Teo Eng Cheong said: "Education and training has been a key area of collaboration between Singapore and China. Singapore institutions have gained good experience from our developmental years and have shared this with China over the years." He revealed that some 7,000 officials come to Singapore for training annually as institutions here are a top choice for Chinese government officials.

Given that China's estimated total annual spending on education is 4.1 trillion yuan or S$774 billion by end of 2013 according to a report from China Daily, Singapore can tap on the opportunities in the education and training sector which include a potential pool of 10 million Chinese government officials, 3.5 million technicians and 1 million senior technicians.

"Consultations with Guangdong have started and mission trips have been arranged to assess opportunities. Potential areas of collaboration include vocational and technical training, leadership and soft skills training," shared Mr Teo on Singapore TDA's first pilot in China.

While the exact courses to be taught are still under discussion, NUS Vice President (University and Global Relations) and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel) Professor Lily Kong said that NUS will offer its existing programmes in the areas of public policy, urban planning, finance and governance.

Drawing from the comprehensive expertise of the various faculties and schools at NUS, Prof Kong believes that the University can offer a distinctive value proposition to the partnership. She added that NUS is the only Singapore university with architecture and design courses, and it can help make a difference in these areas.