Firms prioritise skills over academic qualifications, say top leaders from Google and LinkedIn

During a panel discussion at The Straits Times Education Forum held in partnership with SMU on Saturday (Mar 11), SMU Provost Professor Timothy Clark said the University will launch a co-curricular transcript in April to help students indicate to employers the skills they have learnt outside the classroom. Prof Clark said the University will also require all students to have a foundational understanding of sustainability issues from academic year 2023. In 2024, all incoming undergraduates will need to attain an intermediate mastery of sustainability before graduation. “Our intention… is that every student who leaves the university has a range of relevant skills for the future economy,” he said. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing, Ben King, Google’s Country Manager for Singapore and Frank Koo, LinkedIn’s Head of Asia, Talent and Learning Solutions were also on the panel, which was moderated by SMU Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice) Annie Koh. Questions during the two-hour session ranged from the role of edtech and ChatGPT to how institutions can better collaborate, and the latest A-level scoring changes.

The Straits Times