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NTU Singapore Launches Executive Master’s Programme in Sustainability Management

NTU Singapore Launches Executive Master’s Programme in Sustainability Management

NTU Singapore launched a new Executive Master of Science in Sustainability Management programme to equip executives and professionals with the knowledge, skills, and tools to respond to sustainability challenges and implement sustainable practices in organisations as Singapore transitions to a green economy.

Offered by NTU Singapore’s Nanyang Business School (NBS) from August 2024, the programme will cover a wide range of topics at the intersection of business and the environment, such as climate change and sustainable finance.

The programme was launched on 5 December 2023 at the Indo-Pacific Business Summit organised by the Embassy of Sweden, Singapore and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

At the event, NTU NBS also signed a Letter of Intent with the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) to develop exchange and research activities, including exploring opportunities for SSE to contribute to the delivery of academic activities for the new Executive Master of Science programme.

The new programme aims to develop a pipeline of sustainability talents and leaders who can steer business operations towards sustainability. This is in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which encourages businesses to integrate sustainability into business decisions, find more sustainable ways to operate, and embrace green opportunities.

Transforming Lives: A Decade of Dedication in Healthcare
Featured Scholar: Tabitha Quake
Recipient of Health Sciences Scholarship Award

Transforming Lives: A Decade of Dedication in Healthcare

The unique blend of artwork and science in creating customised devices first drew Tabitha to the profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O). A 2008 Health Sciences Scholarship awardee, Tabitha joined Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)’s Foot Care and Limb Design Centre (FLC) upon graduating in 2012. In 2019, she became the Assistant Head of Service for Singapore’s largest P&O facility in the public healthcare sector. She concurrently holds other leadership portfolios as FLC’s Head and Ministry of Health (MOH) P&O Panel Chair.

Tabitha recently received her ten-year Long Service Award. Over the years, besides creating artificial limbs and braces for patients, Tabitha has been actively involved in the clinical and operational aspects of FLC’s major projects, spanning a range of fields from clinical service delivery to research and innovation and workshop management. Between 2018 and 2020, she played a vital role in planning and implementing in-house P&O services at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. Tabitha has also had the opportunity to develop her spinal bracing and carbon fibre manufacturing skills through overseas skills attachments under the Ng Teng Fong Healthcare Innovation Programme (2015) and Healthcare Manpower Development Programme (2019).

Tabitha is grateful for the opportunities given to her to not only transform the lives of patients but also to chart national P&O service delivery models and shape the development of the profession. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for P&O, with her work being featured on a variety of platforms and media. Tabitha hopes to pay it forward through her work and inspire and develop the next generation of P&Os.

Featured Scholar: : Kyla Ho Wen Xi
Recipient of MHA Civilian Scholarship (Commercial Affairs)

Singapore Polytechnic Alumna’s Scholarship Journey: Nurturing Ambition at the Ministry of Home Affairs

Kyla Ho Wen Xi shares her transformative path to the prestigious MHA Civilian Scholarship. Her journey embodies dedication and vision, aspiring to fortify Singapore as a world-class financial hub.

Before graduating from Singapore Polytechnic, I researched career opportunities in the security sector and came across the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) scholarships for undergraduate studies. The Commercial Affairs track stood out to me, as I believe that security and integrity are fundamental in upholding Singapore’s reputation of being a world-class financial hub.

I applied for the #DiscoverMHA Internship Programme (offered to JC, Polytechnic, and Year 4 IB and IP students) after receiving a school email. I thought that this was a good opportunity to learn more about MHA before applying for the scholarships.

I was placed with the Human Resource Department to work on career transition initiatives. With my supervisors’ guidance and support, I developed an automation tool to streamline career exploration processes for retiring officers. I was also given opportunities to present my work to senior management, and conduct a workshop to showcase the tool. I learnt how to devise creative ways to develop customer-centric solutions. I felt fulfilled knowing my solution would benefit many retiring officers.

Having witnessed first-hand how the work of different Home Team officers contributed to the safety and security of Singapore, it solidified my decision to apply for the MHA Civilian Scholarship to join the Commercial Affairs Department under the Singapore Police Force after graduation.

As a future Commercial Affairs Officer, I aspire to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and honest financial hub. I look forward to the developmental opportunities that the scholarship offers to hone my leadership competencies to lead and inspire a new generation of officers with integrity.

Nurturing Talent for Singapore’s Tech, Media and Information Sectors

Nurturing Talent for Singapore’s Tech, Media and Information Sectors

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and its statutory boards; as well as the Smart Nation Digital Government Group (SNDGG), awarded 85 recipients with scholarships on 21 August 2023. The ceremony recognised recipients across various scholarship categories. A total of six agencies were involved – MCI, SNDGG, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and National Library Board (NLB) in this joint-award ceremony.

The scholarships are part of a collective effort to groom technology, media, library and archives services, and communications talents. A total of five scholarship categories were awarded.

Under the IMDA SG Digital Scholarship, 63 individuals were granted scholarships to develop future leaders in the technology and media-related fields. These scholars receive support for education, internships, mentorships, and networking opportunities, empowering them to contribute to Singapore’s digital future. Additionally, 16 scholars will focus on advancing communications capabilities, including pioneering research in areas like 5G technologies.

The Smart Nation Scholarship, awarded to 12 individuals, aims to nurture tech leaders dedicated to Singapore’s national digital transformation. These recipients can anticipate diverse career trajectories and the chance for job rotations across public agencies.

Six recipients received the MCI Information Service Scholarship, targeting young talents interested in government communications. They will play a vital role in engaging citizens on nation and social issues through various channels, strengthening whole-of-government communications preparedness, communication policies to the public, and managing government media relations.

Two recipients were awarded the MCI Postgraduate Scholarship. Beyond attracting and growing young talents, MCI also strives to develop in-service officers’ professional and specilaised capabilities through this scholarship.

Two recipients received the NLB scholarship which seeks to build and nurture a diverse talent pipeline in information literacy, knowledge creation and preservation in the development of Singapore’s libraries and archives of the future. These scholarship holders will play a key role in realising NLB’s goal of transforming the reading and learning experience for all Singaporeans.