February 25, 2022
SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and other local universities will launch new courses this year in areas such as data analytics and sustainable urban development.
NUS said in a statement on Thursday February 24 that the courses were part of its goal to help students keep pace with workplace transformation.
Professor Bernard Tan, NUS Senior Vice-Rector (Undergraduate Education), said: “The overarching goal of all our educational reform efforts is to advance an academic program that prepares students well for the world and the Fourth Industrial Revolution workplace.”
This comes as Singapore prepares to retrain its workforce in a rapidly changing economy.
Last December, SkillsFuture Singapore launched the first Skills Demand for the Future Economy report which identifies the top 20 skill groups in the digital, green and care sectors most needed over the next three years.
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing then said that globally there is a huge demand for digital skills, and Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and demographic shifts will see local sustainability industries and care will expand rapidly over the next few years.
Some of the new courses at NUS include a new full-time undergraduate program known as the Bachelor of Engineering (Infrastructure and Project Management). It will cover modules in engineering, design, management, technology, building science and law, NUS said, to help graduates “to excel in the built environment”.
NUS also announced a second major in Sustainable Urban Development, which “aims to train the next generation of urban problem solvers”. The course will be open to all undergraduate students and can be stacked with students’ main major in any field and completed in four years with no additional academic workload.
Students will acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to create sustainable urban environments in the context of climate change, NUS said.
Singapore’s other autonomous universities are also launching new courses this year, many of which target skills in the areas outlined by the SkillsFuture Singapore report.
The Singapore University of Social Sciences launched a Masters in Built Environment program in January and is set to launch a Masters in Digital Marketing for its students from July this year.
In January, the Singapore Institute of Technology also launched a Bachelor of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence and another in Digital Supply Chain.
Nanyang Technological University is launching a second major in data analytics, while Singapore University of Technology and Design will welcome the first cohort of students for its design and artificial intelligence program.
Meanwhile, Singapore Management University is launching new modules in areas such as sustainability and climate change law.