SAP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five polytechnics and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to launch the SAP Skills University Singapore in a move designed to provide both new graduates and mid-career professionals with the skills critical to succeeding in today’s digital economy.
Witnessed by Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s minister for education, the MoU includes the following five polytechnics: Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, and Temasek Polytechnic, all of which will work closely with SAP to develop and deliver the training programs.
The university’s curriculum, which will be designed in accordance with specific industry demand, will train Singaporeans to take on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related roles and to build up a skilled workforce to transition into these roles when they become available. The curriculum will be developed to meet the manpower and skills needs of the broader ICT industry including SAP as well as its partners and customers. The collaboration will also provide career advisory and placement services for ICT jobs, with funding support by SSG.
Over the next three years, more than 1,000 Singaporeans are expected to benefit from the collaboration, which will equip them with critical skills in Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, and the Internet of Things. According to the Ministry of Communications and Information, more than 42,000 workers specialising in data science, AI and robotic engineering will be required by 2020.
“As technological disruptions are occurring at an unprecedented pace, SSG actively seeks out collaborations with industry partners to enable Singaporeans to keep pace with the evolving skills needs in areas such as data science, robotics and AI, in order to support industry transformation,” said Ng Cher Pong, chief executive, SkillsFuture Singapore.
“Equipping the workforce with the right skillsets is critical for any organisation or economy to be future-ready and keep up with today’s rapidly evolving world of digital disruption,” said Khor Chern Chuen, managing director, SAP Singapore.
“With the SAP Skills University Singapore, we aim to facilitate education in the fields of advanced technology and complement the foundation that’s being taught in academic institutions with hands-on learning through SAP products and working experiences. This is a crucial measure in closing the gap between the demand and supply for qualified Information and Communications Technology professionals,” he said.