NUS/SMU/NTU

Is there life after O/A-Levels? Definitely! How well a person does in tertiary education is correlated with job opportunities open to the person. Discuss issues pertaining to nstitutes of higher learning here.
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Re: NTU or SMU?

Post by jetsetter » Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:24 pm

jetsetter wrote:I'm puzzled why no one mentioned ICT/Computer Science in this and the other NUS/NTU thread. Isn't it an up-and-coming hot course?

There's going to be a lot of ICT jobs downstream...as we strive to become a 'smart nation'.

http://www.gov.sg/news/content/today-on ... -jobs-boom

Read an interesting article by KSP moderator last night:

ICT/computer engineering is going to be really big again.



ST: Cracking The Code To Groom Tech Talent
http://www.straitstimes.com/tech/cracki ... ech-talent
"We aim to develop students into critical thinkers and innovators who can help drive the country's vision of becoming a smart nation," said IDA assistant chief executive Khoong Hock Yun.

"At the same time, this will ensure that we have a ready pool of tech talent, equipped with skills of the 21st century to take on jobs, such as in software development, cybersecurity and data analytics, that will be in demand," he said.

DEMAND FOR TECH WORKERS CONTINUES TO GROW

Demand for software engineers and developers will come from both the public and private sectors.

Many tech firms like Google and Facebook have based their Asian operations in Singapore. Some are hiring aggressively here. In January, Google said on its website that it plans to set up "a large engineering presence in Singapore".

Last month, the Government announced plans to hire 1,000 engineers, including programmers, by this year to expand the existing pool by more than 13 per cent.

Mr Khoong believes technology is no longer a back-office function but a strategic tool as companies and services go digital.

"The ability to embrace and apply disruptive technologies becomes critical for all companies to remain relevant in the future economy," he said.

Data analytics tools are an example of disruptive technology. They allow companies to mine customer information, such as spending behaviour, for targeted marketing.

Increasingly, non-tech firms find that they need to hire technology workers as more services go digital. For instance, over one-quarter of financial services giant Goldman Sachs' 33,000 full-time staff are engineers and programmers.

"In short, every company is now a tech company with its own stable of programmers, data analysts and other tech specialists," said Mr Khoong.

OBSTACLES

According to human resource experts, one reason many young Singaporeans are not keen to strive for a career in software development is the perception that such jobs are low-level grunt work that attracts little recognition and has a stunted career progression.

"People picture a software developer as someone hammering out lines of codes in a cold, quiet room at the back of the office," said Ms Linda Teo, country manager at ManpowerGroup Singapore.

"It is a sad stereotype," she said, adding that most takers for software development positions are from Malaysia and India.

Software development positions also do not pay as well as the more popular IT project management roles. According to the latest 2014 Manpower Ministry data, the median salary of IT project managers was $8,300, about twice that of a software developer.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM

However, the scenario is changing. Graduates from the Nanyang Technological University's business and computing double-degree programme reportedly had the highest pay jump of 33 per cent last year among their peers, putting their salaries almost on a par with those who studied law or medicine at other universities.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced that the Government would review the salaries of public-sector engineers and start a leadership scheme to groom them for positions such as chief engineer, chief technologist and chief scientist.

The review will also apply to public-sector software developers. IDA said it is looking into raising the salaries of software engineers to make them on a par with those of their peers on the management track.

More details will be announced during the Committee of Supply debate next month.

National Trades Union Congress assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay believes it is important that locals fill these software development roles. He said: "New software development openings will be in fields such as e-commerce, financial technology, big data, security, gaming and animation. They are strategic to Singapore's future economy."

Lecturer David Chin, 45, said programmes like Code for Fun should be included in the school curriculum at all levels for it to see results. "Programming will be the next engineering," he said.


ST: 19 Schools To Offer Programming At O-Levels
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... t-o-levels

ST: Coding Classes For Kids In High Demand
http://www.straitstimes.com/tech/coding ... igh-demand

IDA: Lab On Wheels
https://www.ida.gov.sg/Sub/Talent/Stude ... -on-Wheels

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Re: NTU or SMU?

Post by pirated » Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:07 pm

IDA recently visited Israel to 取经 and launch the new master ict plan.

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Re: NTU or SMU?

Post by jetsetter » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:12 pm

pirated wrote:IDA recently visited Israel to 取经 and launch the new master ict plan.
Was IDA part of the entourage to Israel? They went to SFO with PM to meet the tech titans like Mark Z as well as our very own "lost tech talent" in Silicon Valley. Sin-Israel have been in talks on helping innovative Israeli start-ups to expand into SEA using Sin as a launchpad and gateway. They just signed an MOI with Infocomm Investments (under IDA).

PM is hooked on ICT because his DS2 and DS3 are software/computer engineers who specialise in programming. DS2 is in IDA whose mission is to increase interest in computer science education in Sin. He sits on "data.gov.sg" comm. DS3 is based in US, specialises in Python, ScalaJS, etc. Also another geek obsessed with coding.

Back to my earlier post re the revival of ICT sector and strong emphasis on STEM in Singapore. PM probably caught the tech bug and saw the urgent need to groom and RETAIN our own tech talent after Obama launched his "Educate to Innovate" masterplan.
The Obama Administration stands committed to providing students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

That’s why in November 2009, the President launched the Educate to Innovate initiative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. This campaign includes the efforts not only of the Federal Government, but also of leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies who have come forward to answer the President’s call for all-hands-on deck.

To date, this nation-wide effort has garnered over $700 million in public-private partnerships and hit major milestones in the following priority areas:

Building a CEO-led coalition to leverage the unique capacities of the private sector
Preparing 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decade
Showcasing and bolstering federal investment in STEM
Broadening participation to inspire a more diverse STEM talent pool
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/defaul ... el-v11.pdf

Then David Cameron suddenly woke up and kanjiong over the stiff global competition for STEM talent! So he quickly rolled out his STEM masterplan too!
The government is launching a major push on maths, science and technology to equip more pupils with the skills needed to work and succeed in high-tech and science-based industries, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will announce today (Monday).

Thousands of maths and physics teachers will get specialist training to help raise the quality of teaching in schools and the first ever national college for digital skills and coding will be set up to train the digital innovators and technology experts of tomorrow.

The Prime Minister wants to ensure future generations are able to compete with their international counterparts for the best jobs and for the British workforce to have the right skills to compete in a global economy. The Prime Minister will say this must start with raising the standard of maths, science and technology in schools and further education.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/math ... e-minister




I think it's a sunrise sector to join if one is interested in tech stuffs, or damn good in STEM. I'm sure there'll be many tech scholarships dished out to our talent to join those top tech colleges in US (such as MIT) and attachment opportunities to work with tech titans in SV/SFO/Mass. So watch this space.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4G3Imr ... A1&index=1

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Re: NTU or SMU?

Post by pirated » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:23 pm

jetsetter wrote:
pirated wrote:IDA recently visited Israel to 取经 and launch the new master ict plan.
Was IDA part of the entourage to Israel? They went to SFO with PM to meet the tech titans like Mark Z as well as our very own "lost tech talent" in Silicon Valley. Sin-Israel have been in talks on helping innovative Israeli start-ups to expand into SEA using Sin as a launchpad and gateway. They just signed an MOI with Infocomm Investments (under IDA).

PM is hooked on ICT because his DS2 and DS3 are software/computer engineers who specialise in programming. DS2 is in IDA whose mission is to increase interest in computer science education in Sin. He sits on "data.gov.sg" comm. DS3 is based in US, specialises in Python, ScalaJS, etc. Also another geek obsessed with coding.

Back to my earlier post re the revival of ICT sector and strong emphasis on STEM in Singapore. PM probably caught the tech bug and saw the urgent need to groom and RETAIN our own tech talent after Obama launched his "Educate to Innovate" masterplan.
The Obama Administration stands committed to providing students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

That’s why in November 2009, the President launched the Educate to Innovate initiative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. This campaign includes the efforts not only of the Federal Government, but also of leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies who have come forward to answer the President’s call for all-hands-on deck.

To date, this nation-wide effort has garnered over $700 million in public-private partnerships and hit major milestones in the following priority areas:

Building a CEO-led coalition to leverage the unique capacities of the private sector
Preparing 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decade
Showcasing and bolstering federal investment in STEM
Broadening participation to inspire a more diverse STEM talent pool
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/defaul ... el-v11.pdf

Then David Cameron suddenly woke up and kanjiong over the stiff global competition for STEM talent! So he quickly rolled out his STEM masterplan too!
The government is launching a major push on maths, science and technology to equip more pupils with the skills needed to work and succeed in high-tech and science-based industries, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will announce today (Monday).

Thousands of maths and physics teachers will get specialist training to help raise the quality of teaching in schools and the first ever national college for digital skills and coding will be set up to train the digital innovators and technology experts of tomorrow.

The Prime Minister wants to ensure future generations are able to compete with their international counterparts for the best jobs and for the British workforce to have the right skills to compete in a global economy. The Prime Minister will say this must start with raising the standard of maths, science and technology in schools and further education.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/math ... e-minister




I think it's a sunrise sector to join if one is interested in tech stuffs, or damn good in STEM. I'm sure there'll be many tech scholarships dished out to our talent to join those top tech colleges in US (such as MIT) and attachment opportunities to work with tech titans in SV/SFO/Mass. So watch this space.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4G3Imr ... A1&index=1

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Just met today someone quite genius and talented but came from some country not normally associated with talent. He showed me the mobile phone they used within faculty campus way before mobile phone was in the market eg the 大哥大. Very interesting guy doing robotics for a Jap co

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Economics at NUS/NTU/SMU

Post by slmkhoo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm

I don't know if this has been discussed, but I can't find a thread on this. Anyone with comments on the differences between the Economics courses at the 3 universities? I gather that NUS is considered more academic, and SMU more applied, but what does that mean in more specific terms? How different are the teaching, assessment methods etc?


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Re: Economics at NUS/NTU/SMU

Post by floppy » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:55 pm

slmkhoo wrote:I don't know if this has been discussed, but I can't find a thread on this. Anyone with comments on the differences between the Economics courses at the 3 universities? I gather that NUS is considered more academic, and SMU more applied, but what does that mean in more specific terms? How different are the teaching, assessment methods etc?
The only thing that differs is the lecturer(s) involved - which may result in different manner of delivery, topics of interest, personal beliefs, etc.

Nonetheless, at the end of the day, they will still trace their roots to Adam Smith, John Keynes, etc.

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Re: Economics at NUS/NTU/SMU

Post by Seannnnn » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:31 pm

I have a contact for the modules offered if you take up courses at SMU School of Economics. If you need this contact drop me a PM!

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NUS/SMU/NTU

Post by kitty2 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:44 am

My niece has been offered a course from the above universities and she is in dilemma now.NUS offers her FASS,SMU offers her business and NTU offers her business minor mass comm. She was adviced by her friends not to accept SMU.From the feedbacks,the culture is different and very competitive.She wants to study business as she has diploma in Mass Comm but is fearful of being drown in SMU. :lol:

Any advice is being appreciated

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Re: NUS/SMU/NTU

Post by slmkhoo » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:01 am

Feedback from my nephew in SMU (Econs), yes, it's competitive. It's more the "US" style where projecting yourself, speaking up etc is important, and not all students are comfortable with that. My daughter, who was the one asking, decided not to apply to SMU because of what he said! She's the more collaborative type and doesn't like being judged too much on "show". On the other hand, my nephew is positive about SMU because he says it's good exposure and closer to real life. Your daughter needs to decide which camp she falls in.

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Re: NUS/SMU/NTU

Post by Sweet Joy » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:11 am

What would you say to a young person who is offered scholarships by local universities, but like to go overseas instead(without scholarship)?

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