From Garage to Empire

SINGAPORE (Aug 17): Up until two years ago, Felicia Chua was a self-professed “tech idiot”. She refused to install the latest iOS updates on her iPhone as she feared it would cause her device to crash.

Her accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University did not train her to code, much less to teach coding. Chua, a former tax consultant at Deloitte, picked up those skills on her own through sites such as Coursera and Code Academy.

SAP signs MoU with polytechnics and SkillsFuture to launch tri-sector education programme

SINGAPORE (July 23): Global enterprise software corporation SAP on Friday morning signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s five polytechnics and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to launch SAP Skills University Singapore – an information and communications technology (ICT) focused tri-sector education programme led by SAP.

The collaboration aims to train Singaporeans to take on ICT-related job roles by equipping them with critical skillsets in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT).

NTU Singapore partners Maybank to set up Wealth Management Academy

SINGAPORE (June 25): The Wealth Management Institute (WMI) of National Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Maybank Group have signed a strategic partnership to establish the Maybank Wealth Management Academy (WMA).

Main image: The official launch of Maybank WMA in KL saw Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Nora Abdul Manaf (left) and WMI CEO Foo Mee Har signing the partnership agreement on behalf of the two organisations

Chip Eng Seng to acquire up to 75% stake in US education consulting firm

SINGAPORE (May 21): Chip Eng Seng (CES) is planning to acquire up to 75% in Pennsylvania-based American Scholar Group (ASG) for US$1.5 million ($2 million).  

ASG is a full-service education consulting organisation which facilitates study-in-America opportunities for both students and educators by placing them into ASG’s partner schools including K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

The acquisition comes after the construction and property group in March announced plans to diversify into the education sector to widen its income base.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic partners London's CFTE to launch AI in Finance course

SINGAPORE (Apr 24): Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) is partnering London-based Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) to launch a new AI in Finance (AIF) course.

The AIF course will be a fully online that comprises 18 modules, for financial institutions seeking to update their staff on artificial intelligence (AI) developments in their industry.

Students to benefit from enhanced financial assistance schemes

SINGAPORE (Feb 19): Starting from Jan 2019, annual Edusave contributions for each Singaporean primary and secondary school student will be raised to $230 and $290, respectively, from $200 and $240 previously.

The aim is to provide support for individuals and families to better prepare for the future and care for another, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in its Budget 2018 announcement.

New training programme to prepare accounting & finance professionals for the future

SINGAPORE (Oct 11): CPA Australia has partnered Singapore’s NTUC and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to launch a new training programme for accounting and finance professionals.

Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will be eligible for training subsidies of over 40% of the course fees.

Called Finance for the Future, the new suite of 20 courses will offer training in the key areas of Finance Operations, Advanced Finance Operations, Business Operations, and Advanced Business Operations.

Building a ‘Smart Nation’ in Singapore doesn't come cheap

SINGAPORE (July 12): Schooling isn't cheap in Singapore: not just for citizens, but for the government too.

The city state boasts one of the best education systems in the world and as the government tries to transform the economy into a high-tech hub — part of its "Smart Nation" programme — it’s putting heavy emphasis on equipping students with skills for a digital economy.

Is Hong Kong or Singapore a better city for expats?

HONG KONG (June 29): In the race to lure talent for global firms’ regional headquarters, Hong Kong and Singapore have long been neck-and-neck. While many companies make their managers locate in one or the other city — often depending on whether their duties focus more on Southeast Asia, or on China — others give top talent a choice.

Investing opportunities abound in Asia with Singapore as an ‘excellent platform’: Menon

SINGAPORE (June 23): Asia’s overall medium-term prospects are good and Singapore is strategically positioned to offer investors an excellent platform to tap into the region’s investing opportunities, says Ravi Menon, MD of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The republic also offers a dynamic ecosystem for investors looking towards Asian infrastructure, providing quality solutions in project advisory, project financing, and legal services, and dispute resolution.

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