Education news for March 2021 included:
More help for women in tech
A new BCG study undertaken in 2020 in partnership with IMDA
showed that Singapore women’s representation in tech still lags behind other industries
in Southeast Asia.
To combat this, effort should be made at the start of the hiring
process to prevent this, suggested Aziza Sheerin, managing director of General
Sheerin also introduced a scholarship “See Her Excel” which
provides financial support for women pursuing a new career in technology with
GA and earning below S$48,000 annually.
Singtel has also set up the Singtel – Women in Technology
scholarship scholarships for undergraduates studying at Singapore University of
Technology and Design (SUTD).
Two students studying Information Systems Technology and
Design, Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) or Engineering Product Development
(EPD) will receive the scholarship. Two students who joined in SUTD in 2019 are
the inaugural recipients of this scholarship, which has no bond attached.
Family of water polo players donates S$500,000 to help fellow athletes
Spearheaded by Olympian Tan Eng Liang, the Singapore Olympic
Foundation-Tan Family Water Polo Fund will "develop young athletes and
groom elite players, so as to establish Singapore as an Asian power”, the Singapore Olympic Foundation said.
The fund will be administered by the Singapore Olympic
Foundation through bursaries, scholarships and various programmes. It will aim
to enable young water polo athletes to "achieve their goals", support
high-performing water polo players to represent the nation, and to promote a
healthy environment for the progress of the sport in Singapore.
Eight new athletes
Into its ninth year, the spexScholarship programme will
support a total of 76 athletes across 20 sports - artistic swimming is the new
addition - and six para sports this year. As athletes were unable to travel and
participate in competitions owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new spexScholars
were thoroughly assessed and selected based on their existing performance and
their potential to win medals.
Indonesian tycoon donates $1 million to needy NTU students
Businessman and philanthropist Tahir, who goes by one name,
has decided to pay it back by donating $1 million to support needy NTU students
ahead of his 69th birthday. He had previously received a scholarship from the
school in 1973.
The 68-year-old, who is a permanent resident here, said:
"My parents made a living by constructing pedicabs (a three-wheeled
rickshaw). I was studying to be a medical doctor, but I had to drop out to
focus on helping with my father's business when he fell sick.
"I hope this gift will help NTU students in need, and
give them the support they need, just like NTU had helped me before."
Singapore awards scholarships in jazz studies
A first of its kind in Singapore, musicians looking to pursue
a Bachelor's or Master's in jazz performance or composition can apply for the Jazz
Music Scholarship. The association aims to award up to two scholarships in jazz
studies annually for those looking to pursue higher education pathways both
internationally and locally, and has awarded five scholarships thus far.
First and oldest law firm in Singapore to raise at least $160,000 for Singapore Academy of Women Lawyers (SAWL) Scholarship Fund
DENTONS Rodyk, the first and oldest law firm in Singapore, is organising a month-long virtual run in March as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations this year. This includes raising at least S$160,000 through donations, with the money going towards the Singapore Academy of Women Lawyers (SAWL) Scholarship Fund.
The fund - registered as a charity with the Commissioner of Charities and holding Institute of Public Character status - seeks to reduce social disparities brought on by educational imbalance and the lack of access to education. The money will be used to aid in the education for students with physical or mental disabilities from various educational levels.