SUSS to deliver courses with a strong social focus

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) will be stepping up its efforts to ensure that its students go through a curriculum with a strong social focus, regardless of their course of study.

Originally a private university, SIM University is currently undergoing restructuring to be the country’s sixth autonomous university.

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SUSS president Professor Cheong Hee Kiat. Photo courtesy: Nuria Ling

The university is looking at offering social science courses as core modules, such as in areas of social research, the environment and ethics, SUSS president Professor Cheong Hee Kiat told the media. SUSS will also organise activities where students can apply these skills. For example, students studying electronics could be asked to simplify devices for the seniors in the society, Todayonline reported on May 9, 2017.

Some of these courses are already available to the full-time students. SUSS is now looking at introducing them to the part-time courses as well. In addition, more social science-related disciplines would be introduced over the next one to two years.

Prof Cheong hopes that the students will apply what they have learnt about social sciences into their own fields. He added that the university will continue to keep an open door to applicants, regardless of their qualifications. SUSS will continue to accept students with varying qualifications, be it A-Levels or polytechnic graduates, or others looking to take part-time courses. SUSS also recognises the training an applicant has completed in the industry.

The professor said SUSS will be working with the Ministry of Education on expanding the university’s future intakes for part-time and full-time courses. More resources will be also available to provide better quality of education for its students.