First Master's Programme In Community Leadership And Social Development

  1. The People's Association (PA) and SIM University (UniSIM) will be announcing Singapore's first Master's programme in Community Leadership and Social Development (MCLSD) on Saturday, 18 February 2012. The MCLSD programme aims to address the need for systematic professional training for those engaged in community leadership and social development work. There is a growing need for more trained expertise in community leadership and social development, against a fast changing social and cultural landscape in Singapore. The Singapore Government is committed to building a more inclusive society by adopting a more open approach to governance, actively engaging citizens, maintaining social mobility and strengthening social safety nets.
     
  2. To mark the partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed between Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive Director (CED) of PA, and Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SIM University. Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, will witness the signing ceremony. Minister Fu, who is also the Chairperson of the Board of the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI), PA's community leadership development arm, will highlight the important role of community leadership in building an inclusive society and the key challenges faced by Singapore in community building in her speech.
     
  3. "We are delighted to collaborate with UniSIM on this new Master's programme. This is part of PA's continued efforts to equip our staff and grassroots leaders with the best knowledge and Community Leadership skills to respond effectively to rapid changes in our society and the world. ” said Mr Yam Ah Mee, CED of PA.
     
  4. Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SIM University, said, "This partnership with PA is in line with UniSIM's vision to serve society through excellence in flexible learning for adults. We are privileged to be able to play a part in helping to nurture a core pool of leadership talent who will play a key role in making Singapore a better community for all. As the only university in Singapore dedicated to working adults, our programmes are designed to meet the needs of the industry and at the same time help fulfill the career aspirations of our graduates."
     
  5. PA is in a good stead to value-add to the MCLSD programme by being aware of the issues in the community with support from PA's 31,000 grassroots leaders. Participants attending the MCLSD programme would then be enriched through a combination of theories being taught, along with community issues being raised for discussion in the classroom. Through this, participants would then be able to offer solutions to community issues, thereby enhancing their knowledge, skills and abilities as a result.
     
  6. Graduates will be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills in effective and responsive leadership, along with a deeper understanding of society's complexities. This development is in line with the PA NACLI Community Leadership Framework, a comprehensive and holistic approach launched in 2011, to develop core leadership competencies in grassroots leaders so that they can fulfil their leadership roles within the community effectively.
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  1. The People's Association (PA) and SIM University (UniSIM) will be announcing Singapore's first Master's programme in Community Leadership and Social Development (MCLSD) on Saturday, 18 February 2012. The MCLSD programme aims to address the need for systematic professional training for those engaged in community leadership and social development work. There is a growing need for more trained expertise in community leadership and social development, against a fast changing social and cultural landscape in Singapore. The Singapore Government is committed to building a more inclusive society by adopting a more open approach to governance, actively engaging citizens, maintaining social mobility and strengthening social safety nets.
     
  2. To mark the partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed between Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive Director (CED) of PA, and Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SIM University. Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, will witness the signing ceremony. Minister Fu, who is also the Chairperson of the Board of the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI), PA's community leadership development arm, will highlight the important role of community leadership in building an inclusive society and the key challenges faced by Singapore in community building in her speech.
     
  3. "We are delighted to collaborate with UniSIM on this new Master's programme. This is part of PA's continued efforts to equip our staff and grassroots leaders with the best knowledge and Community Leadership skills to respond effectively to rapid changes in our society and the world. ” said Mr Yam Ah Mee, CED of PA.
     
  4. Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SIM University, said, "This partnership with PA is in line with UniSIM's vision to serve society through excellence in flexible learning for adults. We are privileged to be able to play a part in helping to nurture a core pool of leadership talent who will play a key role in making Singapore a better community for all. As the only university in Singapore dedicated to working adults, our programmes are designed to meet the needs of the industry and at the same time help fulfill the career aspirations of our graduates."
     
  5. PA is in a good stead to value-add to the MCLSD programme by being aware of the issues in the community with support from PA's 31,000 grassroots leaders. Participants attending the MCLSD programme would then be enriched through a combination of theories being taught, along with community issues being raised for discussion in the classroom. Through this, participants would then be able to offer solutions to community issues, thereby enhancing their knowledge, skills and abilities as a result.
     
  6. Graduates will be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills in effective and responsive leadership, along with a deeper understanding of society's complexities. This development is in line with the PA NACLI Community Leadership Framework, a comprehensive and holistic approach launched in 2011, to develop core leadership competencies in grassroots leaders so that they can fulfil their leadership roles within the community effectively.
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