SINGAPORE - Flexibility will be a defining feature of SIM University's (UniSIM) new full-time courses when they kick off next year.
The pioneer batch of 200 students can crunch a four-year course into three years by taking more modules during a semester, even through evening classes.
And if students land a job during their course, 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, who stressed the flexible nature of the three new full-time courses in finance, marketing and accountancy as he detailed them on Monday, said: "In the future, the boundaries between part-time and full-time and work and study will not be clear-cut.
"You will have workers alternating between periods of work and study. It's not like today where you study for four years and then go out to work."
There will be no lectures and tutorials. Instead, students will read materials and listen to lectures online before coming to class ready to take part in discussions.
They will also study minor modules such as psychology and sociology in evening classes alongside working adults on part-time degree courses.
Explaining why the university wants its full-timers to study alongside its part-timers, which currently number 13,000 in some 55 courses ranging from counselling to aviation management, Professor Cheong said: "The interaction would help them develop a deeper understanding of real work issues, and allow them to form valuable professional and personal networks."