Unis must offer industry-required skills and deepen tie-ups with firms

Speaking at The Straits Times Education Forum 2021 on Reimagining Universities, Post-Covid, held in partnership with SMU on Feb 5, SMU President Professor Lily Kong highlighted the University's efforts to engage with industry partners and develop industry-related skills. Pointing to SMU's collaborations with technology giant Google and local healthcare group SingHealth, she said, "Work-study arrangements are now very much a part of what we do. We have programmes that are co-developed with Google Singapore, for example, in data analytics, and co-delivered by Google practitioners and we've internships with Google partners. We have a work-study arrangement with SingHealth in health economics and management co-created with the senior leaders in SingHealth so that even though we're not producing doctors and nurses as some of the other universities do, we produce those who can run hospitals." [This article forms part of the last of the ST-SMU Reimagining Universities, Post-Covid four-part series.]

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