State-of-the-art learning facilities for students

SINGAPORE - Private educational institutions are making learning a more enjoyable and realistic experience by turning their premises into realistic training facilities.

At SIM Global Education (SIM GE), students in the full-time Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) programme, awarded by RMIT University, Australia, study in two design studios which replicate design workspaces with Mac computers and discussion areas.

SIM GE recognises that designers rarely work alone and are required to interact with groups of people and with various creative backgrounds–people who have different methods of identifying and addressing the design problem.

So these facilities help students develop skills in reaching a consensus among participants with a range of interests in the design outcomes.

Students who are pursuing the full-time Bachelor of Computer Science (Multimedia and Game Development) programme awarded by University of Wollongong, Australia, at SIM GE can also hone their craft in an on-campus game studio facility.

The facility is for developing or writing gamerelated applications, and students can also test out programmes using game consoles.

These facilities are in line with making sure that graduates of the programme make a real impact on the media creation environment.

Within the prescribed subjects students will study the principles of creative design in video, audio, web and 3D virtual worlds, and exposure to professional production packages is also a key feature of the programme. This ensures that the graduates become effective multimedia practitioners at a professional level, bridging the gap between programmer and creator.

The East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre was officially declared opened on Dec 15 2011 by Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, UK.

The Centre is equipped with a comprehensive suite of industrial standard systems like Fidelio and Micros, which enable students to get a first-hand knowledge of performing reservations check-in and check-out functions before going out for their industrial attachments.

There are also simulation exercises and practical training on front office, food & beverage services, and housekeeping duties, all of which prepare students for their internships.

The Centre also has a Bedroom Training Area, where students are taught the finer touch in ensuring hotel guests have pleasant stays.

Students pursuing the Diploma in Counselling programme at Kaplan Singapore are able to practise their counselling skills in the classrooms.

Students in the Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration) programme awarded by Griffith University, Australia, can practise their skills in classrooms which can be converted to resemble clinics, complete with patient beds and examination sections.

DIMENSIONS International College’s Bukit Timah Campus, which houses the School of Hospitality, has six mock-up facilities which are used for practical training for Gaming Management, and operations of Bar, Restaurants, Kitchen, Front Desk and Hotel Room.

Among those who will utilise the facilities include students enrolled into the Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) — IVQ, Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Hospitality Management and more.

The Coffee/Tea Academy and Miele Innovation Centre are advanced state-of-the-art training facilities at At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy (At-Sunrice).

“We have 10 kitchens and labs in the academy, and these include our Coffee/Tea Academy, Wine Academy, Miele Innovation Centre, Delicatessen Room, Electrolux CookChill Kitchen, Pastry Kitchen & Bakery, and the Asian & Western Kitchens.

“We also have classrooms to facilitate theory-based learning,” said a spokesman for At-Sunrice.

Each diploma and certificate student at At-Sunrice is given a set of high quality F. Dick knives and equipment from Germany to use in the Eastern and Western cooking courses when they enrol in the academy.

At PSB Academy, students pursuing the Bachelor of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) programme awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, UK, are able to utilise its fully equipped Sports Science laboratory.

This will enhance their learning in the areas of exercise physiology of training and biomechanics, sports psychology, coaching, injury management and rehabilitation.

The students also get to go through practical lessons at our gym where they can make use of the various exercise equipment to get some hands-on experience to enhance their learning and skills development.

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