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Education News Bulletin (July 2020)

Tue, 08/04/2020 Zhou Mei An
Education News Bulletin (July 2020)

Scholarships were awarded to many in July, as the Defense Scholarship Award ceremony took place remotely and PSC Scholars were nominated. Other news included:


Remote Defense Scholarship Awards Ceremony awards seven types of scholarships 

Amongst those awarded were Officer Cadet Tang Tai Ran, one of the two women SAF Scholarship recipients, Military Expert 4 Apprentice Chin Kang Jie, SAF Engineering Scholarship recipient, and Officer Cadet Rajesh Muthu Ramanathan, SAF Medicine Scholar. The ceremony was held remotely instead of at its traditional Istana venue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen dispelled rumours that the increased intake of 95 recipients was due to the pandemic, saying, "The quality of recipients has been maintained, if not enhanced, as the number of applications also hit another record, close to 2,000 applicants in all."


NTU students to take mandatory interdisciplinary core curriculum starting next year

From August next year, those entering Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will have to take a common core curriculum that will enable them to make connections across disciplines and develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The core curriculum courses will take up one-fifth of their academic workload, and are aimed at developing a range of abilities, including communication skills, digital literacy and enterprise and innovation.


23 PSC Scholars moving on with their studies this year

23 recipients of the prestigious Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarships are moving ahead with their studies this year. From now on, only PSC scholarship recipients who are pursuing their studies in the current year will be announced. Those who have decided to proceed with their studies in subsequent years, such as male students doing their national service, will be included in subsequent reports.


Universities monitor impact of pandemic as internships drop amid hiring freeze

This year has seen a drop in internships. For example, data from job portals JobsCentral and BrightMinds had 222 internship and part-time positions listed from January to May, down from 348 last year during the same period. University students have been tapping personal and professional networks, sharing spreadsheets and agreements regarding internships available.

Mr Vinay Dua, managing director of the job portals' parent company, CareerBuilder Singapore, noted a "significant dip" in internships related to wealth management and financial planning, sales and consulting. "This is unsurprising, given the reduction in demand for those services amid the pandemic," he told The Sunday Times.

Upgrading and relocation plans for JCs and secondary schools stalled due to Covid-19 

These include Anderson Serangoon Junior College, Temasek Junior College, Jurong Pioneer Junior College and Yishun Innova Junior College. As the circuit breaker measures affected preliminary construction works, upgrading and rebuilding plans will be deferred for a year to allow for more time to determine what upgrades and construction work are needed for both the permanent and holding sites, Ministry of Education (MOE) said.

Photo by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash

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