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Private Education in Singapore preparing for the next wave – time to embrace disruptions and unexpected events in its stride

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Headline: Private Education in Singapore preparing for the next wave – time to embrace disruptions and unexpected events in its stride
SINGAPORE– Media OutReach – 13 October 2017 – Disruptions andunexpected external circumstances have served to change the landscape ofprivate education in Singapore. To this end, the conference aims to addresswhat educators can do to stay relevant to support the education sector andprepare the workforce for the future.

Forthe third time since the organisation’s inception 7 years ago, the Singapore Associationfor Private Education (SAPE) held a one-day conference on Thursday, 12thOctober to the theme of “Transforming Education for the Next Wave —Benchmarking for Success.”

Thisyear saw an increase of more than 10% in participation indicating a strongdesire and commitment from the private education sector to transform itself andband together for greater collaboration to prepare for the challenges ahead. Apartfrom speakers from the education industry sharing best practices on differentaspects of providing quality education, other industry speakers also sharedinsights from their respective fields in law, aviation, digital and data.

Newlyelected President of SAPE, Mr Leon Choong, who is also the President of KaplanSingapore, set the tone of the conference by stating that “Benchmarking is not just about identifying and implementing goodpractices. They should be best practices or at the very least practices thatare better than what you currently employ. There is also a need to look beyond comparingacademic results between the private and public institutions — and really delveinto areas such as employability, industry-relevance, service experience and soon.”

Keynotespeaker of the event, Mr Brandon Lee, Director-General (Private Education)SkillsFuture Singapore, shared his perspective and insight on “purposefuleducation”, that educators need to be more specific about what is taught, thevalue offered and how the

individualthinks differently after the learning experience. As employers today arelooking beyond qualifications, he hopes that educators will also look at areassuch as alumni networks, career guidance and support, developing industrypartnerships and work attachments to better prepare individuals for employment.

Shiftingthe focus from academic programmes, there was also significance placed on adultand lifelong learning. The guest-of-honour at the event, Ms Low Yen Ling, Singapore’sSenior Parliamentary Secretary,Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, highlightedthe need for educators to customise and curate skills-based courses that areattractive to adult learners. These courses should be “bite-sized modules” andengaging. More importantly, these courses need to be relevant to the industry’sneeds and ideally mapped against the Industry Transformation Maps (ITM),integrated roadmaps covering 23 industries under 6 clusters introduced by theMinistry of Trade and Industry in 2016 to “sustain growth and competitivenessof Singapore’s economy and industries.”

About Singapore Association forPrivate Education (SAPE)
SAPEis a not-for-profit association formed to promote access to, and excellence in,private higher education and to ensure the private education industry inSingapore exhibits the highest level of professional conduct and undertakesbest business practices.
Asan inclusive industry association for the private education industry (PEI),SAPE represents all private education providers in Singapore.
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