(From left to right) Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, and Professor Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost of NUS, sign a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop aviation programmes that will allow aviation professionals to upskill.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop aviation programmes with the objective of enhancing the aviation workforce’s competencies in operational excellence and strategic thinking. The MOU was signed yesterday evening by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, and Professor Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost of NUS.
Under the collaboration, CAAS’ training arm, the Singapore Aviation Academy, and the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE) at NUS will jointly design, develop and deliver several new aviation courses tailored for aviation professionals looking to broaden their capabilities. These courses will cover wide-ranging areas such as Digital Airport Designs, Technology Innovation for Airports, Aviation Safety & Health Management, and Aviation Social Work & Ethics. Each of these courses will be about 40 hours in duration and conducted over a one-week period. The first course is expected to be launched in the second half of 2017.
The MOU also allows for the joint design, development and delivery of aviation-related undergraduate certificate programmes, the organisation of joint conferences and seminars, and joint research and studies in the areas of mutual interest.
Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said, “This collaboration will help to ensure that aviation professionals are future-ready. By bringing together the complementary strengths of CAAS and NUS, we will be able to offer courses that are more relevant to the aviation community, facilitating upskilling whilst offering professional recognition and academic certification.”
Prof Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, added, “SCALE is a new strategic thrust of NUS in which we leverage on the University’s knowledge and expertise to contribute towards promoting and expanding lifelong learning opportunities for working adults. We are delighted to partner CAAS to develop multi-disciplinary and industry-relevant programmes to raise the skills and capabilities of aviation professionals in Singapore.”
About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.
About the National University of Singapore
A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.
NUS has 17 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 38,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.
NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 29 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s fifth RCE. The University has established many research partnerships and joint laboratories with academic institutions, industry leaders and government agencies. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.