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Myanmar looks to Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation to develop its skills development framework

Published on 17 July 2012



Thirty policy makers and senior management from Myanmar’s National Skill Standard Authority (NSSA) under the auspices of their Ministry of Labour are expected to be in Singapore end July to kick start the nation’s quest to develop its skills development framework.

The team will be here as part of a nine-month project to build capability in the areas of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and National Workforce Development system in Myanmar.

The project involving four Singapore Polytechnic (SP) staff is funded mainly by Temasek Foundation (TF), with a grant of close to S$200,000. The Ministry of Labour, Republic of the Union of Myanmar will fund the remaining cost of S$12,300.
Through the project, participants will learn more about Singapore’s Workforce Development Framework and Technical Institution Quality Assurance Framework. SP staff will also train the thirty participants to identify and address current and future manpower training needs. Through a systematic approach, the objective is to assist NSSA in establishing and developing a framework for training programmes and certification standards, across various industries in Myanmar.
“As Myanmar opens its doors to the world, there will be a pressing need for a skilled workforce whose TVET standards and qualifications are aligned and recognised. Singapore Polytechnic is glad to have this opportunity to work with the Myanmar government and aspire to make a strong and positive contribution to the enhancement of its technical education and training,” said SP Principal, Mr Tan Hang Cheong.

The project was launched today at an agreement signing ceremony at the Ministry of Labour in Naypyidaw, Myanmar by H.E U Myint Thein, Deputy Minister of Labour, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr Benedict Cheong, CEO of Temasek Foundation and Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Principal of Singapore Polytechnic.

“Temasek Foundation recognises the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes in helping to upgrade the technical capabilities of the workforce. We are pleased to partner Myanmar’s National Skill Standard Authority and Singapore Polytechnic in supporting this programme and we hope that this will be a catalyst in supporting NSSA’s plans to implement a new institutional framework,” said Mr Benedict Cheong, CEO of Temasek Foundation, Singapore.

The project is expected to lead to a new institutional framework for TVET that will be implemented throughout Myanmar. The new institutional framework is envisaged to be more effective in managing the training of a skilled workforce. Beyond this project, SP is also exploring the possibility of providing TVET in Myanmar in the near future.

This is the seventh collaboration between Temasek Foundation (TF) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) in six countries, including Vietnam, Mongolia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and now Myanmar.

Pictures from the event will be available upon request.


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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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Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organisation anchored in Singapore that seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and a bright future of hope and opportunities for people in Asia. The foundation works with partners to support programmes that develop people through health care, education and research, programmes that build bridges between peoples, programmes that build institutions of excellence through governance and ethics, and programmes that rebuild lives and livelihoods affected by natural disasters.


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