More lifelong learning SkillsFuture courses to increase in the coming years

The number of courses supported by the Ministry of Education and SkillsFuture Singapore is expected to continue to increase, said Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of courses has grown from 2,200 to about 2,600, according to a report by Todayonline on July 5, 2017.

These courses are based in areas of science, technology engineering, mathematics, as well as information and communication technology, said Dr Faishal who revealed the figures in parliament on July 4. 

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There were about 90,000 training places in 2015 and 105,000 last year.

“We expect this number to be ramped up significantly in the coming years. This will be one of the major changes in our education landscape in the near future,” he added.

Dr Faishal also highlighted that lifelong learning is part of the core mission of institutes of higher learning here under the SkillsFuture movement. The autonomous universities offered 29,500 training places last year, supported by the MOE and SkillsFuture Singapore.

Singaporeans are subsidised up to 90 percent for these courses, which generally come in short modules and are “tightly coupled with industry needs,” he said. Some modules can also be stacked up to a full qualification over time. 

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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