Published on 11 July 2012
The Ministry of National Development (MND) is partnering Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Diploma in Business Innovation & Design (DBID) to offer scholarships and internship opportunities to students.
This initiative is the first-ever collaboration between MND and SP with the aim of attracting young talents from the inaugural batch. MND and its agencies – the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), the Housing & Development Board (HDB), the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) – have multiple interfaces with members of public and this initiative is part of the efforts to infuse Design Thinking to improve their services to the wider community.
Mr Tay Kim Poh, Deputy Secretary (Development) of MND, said, “MND is committed to attracting talents from various fields to serve in our multi-disciplinary workforce and add value to our work.”
He added, “Our diverse portfolios ranging from public housing to parks and greenery have a huge impact on the daily lives of Singaporeans. Good design solutions will greatly help us improve our offerings to the community and we look forward to the interesting and alternative perspectives these design thinking students can bring on board.”
Mr Tan Hang Cheong, SP Principal couldn’t agree more. He said, “The Diploma in Business Innovation & Design is the first of its kind in the tertiary arena and takes a radical approach to business education. In Singapore Polytechnic, we aim to cultivate students with the mindset needed for innovation in ever-changing and volatile economic environments. The application of design thinking will drive innovation, raise productivity and sharpen competitive edges which will definitely bring added value to employers in a competitive and demanding landscape.”
Mr Tan further added that the recognition of DBID and SP students by MND is certainly a big encouragement for staff and students. “We are elated with the opportunities given to the students and we will continue to do our best in equipping our students with forefront knowledge and technology that will be an asset to the Singapore work force.”
The five students selected for the scholarship will be given opportunities to work in MND’s Statutory Boards. During their course of study, these students will also serve internships at MND agencies, where they get to enjoy the benefit of solving real life challenges, under the mentorship of SP’s lecturers.
The students will be attending the MND-EDGE Business Innovation & Design Scholarship Ceremony on 26 July 2012, where they, together with other scholarship recipients from MND and its family of agencies, will receive their scholarship certificates from Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development.
Jointly issued by:
The Ministry of National Development and Singapore Polytechnic
About the Ministry of National Development
The Ministry of National Development (MND) is responsible for national land use and development planning. MND guides Singapore's land use planning, urban redevelopment and building conservation, delivers affordable and quality public housing solutions, develops an efficient construction industry to ensure a safe, quality and sustainable built environment, provides and manages parks, open spaces and the conservation of nature areas, maintains a high standard of primary food safety and animal and plant health, as well as protects consumer interest by raising the professionalism in the real estate agent industry.
MND’s vision for Singapore is “An Endearing Home and a Distinctive Global City”. To achieve this, MND’s mission is to develop world-class infrastructure, create a vibrant and sustainable living environment, and build rooted and cohesive communities. For more information, visit www.mnd.gov.sg
About Singapore Polytechnic (www.sp.edu.sg)
Established in 1954 to meet the manpower needs identified by the government, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. Its 10 academic schools offer 50 full-time diploma courses for its 15,970 students and courses are kept relevant through close links with industry and government bodies, as well as with various overseas institutions.
SP offers broad-based, multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum dedicated to hands-on experience. It is committed to the development of its applied research and development capabilities to enhance the quality of teaching and commercialisation efforts. Through Design Thinking, SP offers a revolutionary approach to education, allowing its students to look at problems from different perspectives, and strike a dynamic balance between intuitive and analytical thinking to provide impactful solutions.
Among SP's 166,800 graduates are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals, many of whom are captains of industries, university professors and researchers, and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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