UniSIM gears up for big expansion

UniSIM gears up for big expansion

SINGAPORE - SIM University (UniSIM) may be starting small with an intake of 200 students for its three full- time degree courses next year. But by 2020, it will quadruple that, while increasing the number of full-time degree courses to more than half a dozen.

It is looking to add social work and early childhood education to the first full-time degree courses, which are in accountancy, marketing and finance.

On top of that, the private university, which has made a name for itself through its part-time degrees for working adults, expects to have some 16,000 students enrolled in more than 50 degree courses run in the evenings.

To accommodate its expansion, it is in talks with the Education Ministry and relevant agencies to expand its Clementi Road campus or move to a new one.

UniSIM's expansion is part of the Government's plan to enable up to four in 10 Singaporeans to have a shot at a degree at home.

Last year, the Government announced plans to boost university places at UniSIM and the Singapore Institute of Technology, so that 40 per cent of each cohort can pursue a full-time degree here, up from 27 per cent now.

UniSIM president Cheong Hee Kiat said that as with the first three full-time degrees, flexibility will be a key feature of future offerings.

Students can crunch a four-year course into three years by taking more modules in a semester, with evening classes.

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