UniSIM Offers First Master Of Gerontology In Response To Rapidly Ageing Population

  1. Supported by government and social services agencies, programme aims to develop skilled personnel for eldercare sector. 
     
  2. Come July 2011, individuals who seek specialised training in eldercare will be able to upgrade their skills and qualification through a Master of Gerontology offered by SIM University (UniSIM). 

  3. In the 2011 Budget, the government has announced its strong support to build up the nation’s long-term care sector which includes the eldercare sector. Critical to enhancing the level of care in this sector is the availability of a core pool of skilled and dedicated professionals who can provide specialised and multidimensional care in health, social and psychological services. The UniSIM Gerontology programme is in line with the government’s priority in a rapidly ageing population. Not only will the programme fill the gap in the provision of systematic and holistic training of eldercare professionals, the interdisciplinary nature of the programme will also prepare them to assume leadership roles in the sector. 

  4. Supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Gerontological Society of Singapore (GSS), this will be the first Master degree in Gerontology to be offered in Singapore. GSS will also be providing scholarships to members of the public interested in taking up this Master programme. 

Need for trained professionals in Gerontology

 
  1. In Singapore, the percentage of Singapore residents aged 65 years and above has increased from 3.4% in 1970 to 9% in 2010. This figure is expected to triple to one in every five Singapore residents nearly a million in absolute number by 2030. In Asia, Singapore is second only to Japan in its rate of ageing. 
     
  2. Most Gerontology degree programmes in the world are provided at the Master’s level, as the area of specialisation appeals mainly to more mature learners or those who hold a related Bachelor’s degree and are already working in the social services sector. In the region, Hong Kong, China and Japan offer Master degrees in Gerontology. In Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and other European countries, Master degrees in Gerontology are widespread. 
     
  3. The UniSIM Master of Gerontology programme is targeted at professionals who have degrees in areas such as social work, nursing, counselling, psychology, physio and occupational therapy, and even other disciplines such as medicine and architecture, and who wish to pursue a specialisation in gerontology. 
     
  4. It is also open to graduates from any disciplines, providing an avenue for those who wish to make a midcareer switch into the eldercare sector. 

  5. The programme will also appeal to a small pool of retirees and care givers who will find such a programme helpful in enabling them to care for themselves and their loved ones more effectively. 

For more information on the programme, please visit this webpage.
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  1. Supported by government and social services agencies, programme aims to develop skilled personnel for eldercare sector. 
     
  2. Come July 2011, individuals who seek specialised training in eldercare will be able to upgrade their skills and qualification through a Master of Gerontology offered by SIM University (UniSIM). 

  3. In the 2011 Budget, the government has announced its strong support to build up the nation’s long-term care sector which includes the eldercare sector. Critical to enhancing the level of care in this sector is the availability of a core pool of skilled and dedicated professionals who can provide specialised and multidimensional care in health, social and psychological services. The UniSIM Gerontology programme is in line with the government’s priority in a rapidly ageing population. Not only will the programme fill the gap in the provision of systematic and holistic training of eldercare professionals, the interdisciplinary nature of the programme will also prepare them to assume leadership roles in the sector. 

  4. Supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Gerontological Society of Singapore (GSS), this will be the first Master degree in Gerontology to be offered in Singapore. GSS will also be providing scholarships to members of the public interested in taking up this Master programme. 

Need for trained professionals in Gerontology

 
  1. In Singapore, the percentage of Singapore residents aged 65 years and above has increased from 3.4% in 1970 to 9% in 2010. This figure is expected to triple to one in every five Singapore residents nearly a million in absolute number by 2030. In Asia, Singapore is second only to Japan in its rate of ageing. 
     
  2. Most Gerontology degree programmes in the world are provided at the Master’s level, as the area of specialisation appeals mainly to more mature learners or those who hold a related Bachelor’s degree and are already working in the social services sector. In the region, Hong Kong, China and Japan offer Master degrees in Gerontology. In Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and other European countries, Master degrees in Gerontology are widespread. 
     
  3. The UniSIM Master of Gerontology programme is targeted at professionals who have degrees in areas such as social work, nursing, counselling, psychology, physio and occupational therapy, and even other disciplines such as medicine and architecture, and who wish to pursue a specialisation in gerontology. 
     
  4. It is also open to graduates from any disciplines, providing an avenue for those who wish to make a midcareer switch into the eldercare sector. 

  5. The programme will also appeal to a small pool of retirees and care givers who will find such a programme helpful in enabling them to care for themselves and their loved ones more effectively. 

For more information on the programme, please visit this webpage.
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