Government, industry and education institutions were challenged to explore new avenues for collaboration at the annual Singapore Association of Private Education (SAPE) Conference 2017 hosted at PSB Academy.
SINGAPORE, Oct. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- About 200 delegates from Singapore's private education sector, corporations and government representatives gathered at the SAPE Annual Conference 2017 hosted at PSB Academy's new City Campus yesterday to discuss how private education can tap on emerging trends and share best industry practices to stay relevant and serve the education needs of Singapore in the New Economy.
Among the speakers at the event were Guest of Honour, Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, Director-General (Private Education), SkillsFuture Singapore Mr Brandon Lee, JetStar Asia CEO Mr Barathan Pasupathi, and Managing Director, Samuel Seow Law Corporation Mr Samuel Seow.
Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, addresses the delegates at the SAPE Annual Conference 2017 at PSB Academy’s City Campus.
In her statement, Ms Low challenged private education institutions to renew their focus on lifelong learning by looking at new teaching and learning techniques to make adult learning more effective, and support a growing adult population. The idea of collaboration also took centre stage at the conference, as Mr Pasupathi, Mr Lee and Ms Low each invited the institutions present to step forward with new, innovative ideas, and form alliances to train workers and school-leavers. Ms Low also suggested that institutions can map their offerings according to the government's 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs), and discover underserved areas to develop more niche skills-based courses, as well as continue to find avenues to collaborate with government agencies and companies, to ensure that what is taught in these courses, is in sync with industry needs.
"Relationships are truly at the core of our business," says Mr Brian San, Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, PSB Academy who was invited to share the Academy's approach to Strategic Planning and Monitoring. "Platforms like the annual SAPE conference give industry, education and government representatives a good chance to rally and develop these essential bridges, so we can attune ourselves to the real needs of the economy.
As Asia's Future Academy we appreciate that these connections will challenge us and our university partners to make education smarter, and inspire us with practical ways to achieve better outcomes for the good of our students." Research firm idstats found that around nine in 10 local and international students from PSB Academy gained employment within six months of graduation; six in 10 benefitted from pay raises and/or better career progression; and that graduates took 2.1 months on average to find employment.
Mr Marcus Loh, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication, PSB Academy, believes that the private education sector should continue to embrace its social role in helping workers and fresh school-leavers alike thrive in the New Economy: "Amidst industry chatter around the need for private education institutions to shed their reputation as 'second chance' providers of degree and diploma programmes, PSB Academy feels fortunate to embrace this moniker. In fact, we would gladly go beyond offering second chances -- be it third or fourth chances -- to deserving individuals who aspire to earn a quality education but did not attain it via our public institutions because of circumstances personal or otherwise.
We have always regarded ourselves to be an important fabric in Singapore's social safety net to help individuals who make the effort, earn degrees and diplomas that are of good standing, to better compete with global talent and seize exciting opportunities in our cosmopolitan marketplace."