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New UOB-SMU scholarship gives data talents a boost

United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Singapore Management University (SMU) has set up a joint scholarship to deepen the data skillsets among Singapore’s pipeline of talent.

This is the first full-tuition scholarship in Singapore that supports top students in SMU’s Master of Science in Accounting (Data and Analytics) programme.

The UOB and SMU’s scholars will also be able to deepen their skills and expertise through a 12-week internship programme at UOB, according to a joint press statement on Wednesday, November 28. 

“At UOB, we are committed to developing the skillsets needed to succeed in the digital economy," said Mr Richard Lowe, Chief Data Officer, UOB. "The UOB-SMU MSA Scholarship is one way in which we can help spur higher learning in the area of data and analytics – something that is vital in our data-driven and interconnected world.”

Recipients of the inaugural UOB-SMU MSA Scholarship, David Djapri and Zhang Tongtong. Photo courtesy: SMU
Recipients of the inaugural UOB-SMU MSA Scholarship, David Djapri and Zhang Tongtong. Photo courtesy: SMU

SMU’s MSA programme is designed for to help professionals apply data technology into their domain knowledge to solve business problems, especially in the finance and accounting sectors. The course can be completed full-time or part-time.

Cheng Qiang, Dean, School of Accountancy and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Accounting,  said, “The MSA programme is the first specialised Master programme in accounting data and analytics in Asia. Unlike other postgraduate analytics programmes, the MSA’s data and analytics track goes deep into the application of data technology in the accounting and finance domain."

The inaugural UOB-SMU MSA scholarship has been awarded to two enterprising students in the MSA programme.  They are 29-year-old David Djapri and 22-year-old Zhang Tongtong, who achieved outstanding academic results and impressed the scholarship panel with their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to contribute to the finance and accounting industry.

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