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A new breed of HR managers

The School of Business is set to transform Human Resource Management with the introduction of a new diploma


Starting this year, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be offering a new Human Resource Management Course to cater to the growing need for HR personnel who are trained in dealing with complex issues pertaining to their workforce. Based on a recent survey conducted by SP's business students, more than 80% of HR practitioners feel that there is a need for HR professionals who are equipped to holistically manage the needs and welfare of their human resource.

Around 40 guests, staff and students were gathered at the Vanda Room in SP's Staff Centre to witness the launch of the Diploma in Human Resource Management in Psychology (DHRMP) course which is a first ever offered by a business school of a polytechnic in Singapore.

SP's DHRMP will equip its students with core HR and business psychology knowledge & skills. In addition, students will also be given hands-on practical sessions on HRIS (Human Resource Information System) used by leading companies in the HR industry. Some of their project work would include local/regional issues such as work-life balance, retrenchment and retirement issues from an ageing workforce and skills upgrading for employees.

Ms Lalitha Nithiyanandan, Vice-President, Kelly Services South Asia and BTI Consultants who was present at the launch said that "The role of HR is gaining greater recognition in the business world as a strategic partner that is vital to the success of any organization. With organizations evolving and greater expectations are placed upon talented HR professionals to come up with innovative solutions and strategies to attract and retain the best talent, the future of HR looks bright. With the addition of psychology in HRM, it becomes a perfect complement as many organizations are now focusing on the human aspects of the organization such as employee motivation, welfare, staff retention, training and development."

SP will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI) to collaborate on advanced standing arrangements for its DHRMP graduates. For example, under the SHRI-Curtin University programme, SP's DHRMP graduates can gain direct entry into the second year of its Bachelor of Commerce programme and subsequently be awarded with a double majors in HRM and Management when they complete the programme. SP is the first and only institution in Singapore to be offered this arrangement by SHRI. In addition, as a value-add to SP's DHRMP graduates, they will be accorded the status of "Human Resource Associate" (HRA) under the Singapore HR Accreditation Scheme.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr David Ang, Executive Director of SHRI said "This partnership intends to add significant benefit to both SP and SHRI. Specifically, it will help students develop a broad understanding of HR concepts and management principles and pave way for continuous capability development for the future posterity of human capital in Singapore."

DHRMP graduates can look forward to working as HR Executives, HR Specialists, Recruitment Executives, Training Executives, HR Compensation & Benefits Specialists, Industrial relations Officers, HR Research executives and HR Information System Executives.

The Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology is a three-year course with an initial intake of 60 students in the academic year 2008. Interested "O" level school leavers can find out more about the course at SP's Open House from 10 to 12 January 2008 or on the DHRMP website.


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