As education evolves, so must universities

As education evolves, so must universities

SINGAPORE - Singapore's fifth and sixth universities, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and SIM University (UniSIM), recently released details of the new degrees that they will launch next year.

SIT, set up in 2009, partners overseas universities such as the Technical University of Munich and Glasgow University to offer niche degrees to polytechnic graduates. From next year, it will offer its own three degrees in infrastructure engineering, software engineering and accountancy.

UniSIM, which has been running part-time degrees for working adults since 2005, will add three full-time degrees from next year. These are in marketing, finance and accountancy.

To get their students job-ready, both universities will adopt an applied hands-on approach to teaching and learning and require their students to go on intensive work attachments.

Particularly striking is the flexibility that UniSIM will allow its students to have to customise their university education to suit their learning interests and needs.

The pioneer batch of 200 entering next year can crunch a four-year course into three years by taking more modules during a semester and attending evening classes originally targeted at adults.

And if students land a job during their course, or want to take on more work attachment stints, they have the option of switching to part-time studies and taking up to six years to earn their degree.

UniSIM president Cheong Hee Kiat explains such flexibility was allowed because the university realised that in the future the boundaries between part-time and full-time and work and study will not be clear-cut.

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