Strong interest from industry with 85 applications in first five weeks
Singapore, 2 October 2009 – SIM University (UniSIM) and NTUC's SEED Institute held a memorandum of understanding ceremony today to mark the partnership in a locally offered degree in early childhood education that integrates business management. The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Management serves to better equip kindergarten and childcare teachers to upgrade and explore their interests in taking on business and management roles in the field.
Under the partnership, students will be immersed in a broad-based curriculum that aims to develop competencies in areas such as curriculum design and pedagogy in literacy, arts, mathematics and science, and a minor combination of interdisciplinary subjects in the areas of human development, leadership and management, marketing and research.
Said Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM, "This is a boost indeed for early childhood education. The partnership between UniSIM and SEED Institute to offer this first-ever local degree programme is a strategic one that leverages on the strengths of both parties to benefit the early childhood education sector. The programme integrates the important elements of business and management training with early childhood education. The 40% government subsidy will also make this new programme more accessible to current preschool teachers."
On the collaboration, Mr Chan Tee Seng, NTUC's SEED Institute's Director, added, "NTUC's SEED Institute's strong industry network and experienced track record of offering professional development programs for early childhood educators complements UniSIM in developing this degree programme, the first of its kind here locally. Through this programme, we hope to build on what teachers already know about teaching and caring of young children, and inculcate a strong foundation in management and business principles."
Strong demand for first degree
Since the degree programme was announced late last month, UniSIM has seen 85 applicants for the first cohort's 50 places. Applications will close on 15 October 2009. Successful candidates will begin their studies in January 2010. A second intake is planned for July 2010.
The signing ceremony was held at UniSIM today. Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, witnessed the ceremony.