SPEAKERS

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc
Presentation

Innovation, Re-Inventing Higher Education, and Aligning Education and Workforce For This New Era

Synopsis

Higher education was built on an industrial age “one size fits all” model that envisioned a world for which four years of education at age 17 or 18 would serve one well for the whole of a career and lifetime.  A college degree was a signal to the labor market that you were “worthy” and ready for the world of work, possessing the range of skills that employers sought as a foundation for the additional training and acclimation into the workplace they would provide. However, tectonic changes are underway today, as lifespans approach 100 years, jobs change at a dizzying pace, AI and automation disrupt the workforce (creating new jobs and displacing many others), and professionals constantly retool to remain up-to-date and relevant.  The old, well-established industrial age model that has served us so well is not well suited for the Fourth Industrial Age.  

Society needs to create a learning eco-system that allows learners to dip in and out over the course of a career and a lifetime, one that offers a broader arrange of credentials from a greater variety of educational providers, one that can recognize and certify learning in many forms, and that is much more individualized around the learner.  This is our version of “precision medicine” – call it “precision education,” of a kind that gives learners just the right amount of education at the just the right time in just the right way.  In such a learning eco-system, competencies  become the “exchange rate” that provides coherence and connectedness for a kind of educational bio-diversity within which traditional higher education continues to play a key role, but for which it no longer has a monopoly on how people demonstrate and get credit for what they know and what they can do.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Mick Healey
Presentation

Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching

Synopsis

Universities need to move towards creating inclusive scholarly knowledge-building communities. … The notion of inclusive scholarly knowledge-building communities invites us to consider new ideas about who the scholars are in universities and how they might work in partnership. (Brew 2007, 4)

 

Ways of engaging students in higher education as partners in learning and teaching is arguably one of the most important issues facing higher education in the 21st Century. Partnership is essentially a process for engaging students, though not all engagement involves partnership. It is a way of doing things, rather than an outcome in itself. In this interactive session we will explore four ways in which students may be engaged as partners through: a) Learning, teaching and assessment; b) Subject-based research and inquiry; c) Scholarship of teaching and learning; and d) Curriculum design and pedagogic advice and consultancy. We will examine many mini case studies from different parts of the world, including SE Asia, and discuss the principles and values which should underpin student-staff partnerships.

Professor Tan Thiam Soon
Presentation

Impact of an Applied Learning Education

Synopsis

As the world evolves and traditional jobs disappear, new jobs are being created, clamouring for qualified and capable workers. Educating the next generation of workers will take on a deeper significance and universities need to shake up established education models so that our young minds will be able to cope with disruption and thrive. With the blurring of boundaries between the classroom and workplace, the future will not be defined by paper qualifications, but by real skillsets. A university of applied learning will hence have to build skills, not degrees. This has to be done through an industry-focused education, hands-on training and solving real-world problems. The quality of higher education should be determined by the impact on various stakeholders, including the students, industry and the community at large. 

For students, an applied learning education provides aspiring individuals, young or those returning to learn, a chance to pursue their passion and fulfil their dreams. For industry, an applied learning ecosystem offers a solution by blurring the lines between work and study, and training work-ready graduates to fill the gaps of missing skillsets in the market. Challenging the traditional concept of an ivory tower, an applied learning pathway can disrupt the higher education landscape in offering unique industry partnerships and applied research opportunities leading to a whole ecosystem comprising entrepreneurs, startups focusing on practical, everyday solutions for the community. Educators will be pivotal as they navigate challenges arising from the symbiotic relationship developed between the university and industry.  

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Professor Dr. Georg Nagler
Presentation

The importance of corporate studies as an element of sustainable human resource management and development in times of global economic crisis

Synopsis

The presentation is based on an in-depth analysis of two key considerations in applied higher education, the first one being the changing needs of human resource management and the second,  how universities can change the way they prepare students to meet these changing needs.   In modern organisations, human resource management is often challenged by the rapid change in customer demands, developments in disruptive technology and shareholder expectations. As one who has worked in the health industry for more than a decade, the presenter will examine these demands and draw significant conclusions relevant to higher educational institutions.

 

The presentation will touch on aspects of employment such as qualifications, selection procedures, contracts, staff maintenance, job performance, termination, outplacement, etc. It will then focus on the role of universities in contributing to sustainable human resource management in the future by incorporating studies specifically in this area in the university curriculum. The presenter will then provide detailed analyses of examples of the working activities of a corporate state university in day-to-day cooperation with thousands of industrial companies.

Panelists

Professor Yaacob Bin Ibrahim

The discussion will also be joined by Dr. Paul J. Leblanc, Professor Tan Thiam Soon & Professor Dr. jur. Georg Nagler.

Moderator

Distinguished Invited Speakers

Bio


Assoc Professor Foo Yong Lim Assistant Provost (Applied Learning), Office of the Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Associate Professor Foo Yong Lim is the Assistant Provost (Applied Learning) at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He supports Provost in developing a learning environment that strengthens SIT applied learning pedagogy.





Learning Re-Defined
Ms Ong Toon Hui

Dean & CEO,

Civil Service College and Deputy Secretary (Leadership), Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office

Employers Are Looking Beyond Grades
Mr Douglas Foo

Founder & Chairman,

Sakae Holdings

Bio


Mr Quek Chin Hock Vice-President, DTL P-Way, SBSTransit Mr Quek first joined SBSTransit Ltd as an Engineer in 2001 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr Quek was a pioneer involved in the setting up of Permanent Way Team (Pway) to maintain the North East Line (NEL) MRT and the Sengkang- Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. His responsibilities include maintaining the Track, Tunnel, Viaduct and Power rail systems. Subsequently, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Permanent Way & Civil Structure in 2008. In 2012, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Downtown (DTL) Line Infrastructure Department, which he spearheaded the taking over of the DTL MRT Civil and Mechanical services from the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He successfully set up a maintenance team to operate and maintain the DTL Infrastructure systems that include Pway, Civil Structure and Building Mechanical services. Prior to his 18 years of railway career in SBSTransit, he had also worked in civil engineering construction projects involving MRT and residential building. Mr Quek is currently holding the DTL Pway Technical Head position and in-charge of the Permanent Way & Civil Structure maintenance department.





How does Fintech Affect the Way We Live, Work and Play?
Dr. Lillian Koh

Founder & CEO,

FinTech Academy (Singapore)

Synopsis


Learning From People, Not Just Classes The growth of technology has accelerated to a speed that has never been seen in the history of mankind and as we ourselves struggle to guess what tomorrow will look like, how do we give guidance and prepare the next generation to be future-ready? Formal education provides an excellent environment to prepare students for their future careers and its importance is undeniable. However, application of theories picked up from books only form part of the equation to career success. Many essential skills are passed on and learnt through interaction with peers and hands-on activities during the course of work. Together with Vinoth Pannirsilvam, Chief Engineer of TRIGEN Automotive, we explore why is it important to equip students with practical skills that are acquired beyond classrooms.




Bio


Mr Vinoth Pannirsilvam Chief Engineer, TRIGEN Automotive (a division of HOPE Technik) Vinoth is the Chief Engineer of TRIGEN Automotive, a division of HOPE Technik specialising in the manufacture of special function vehicles. Vinoth handles vehicle engineering for a variety of emergency response vehicles that the team produces as well as guide junior engineers to achieve design excellence. Vinoth first started working in HOPE Technik in 2014, beginning with assisting in the design of the third generation of the Tumbler Element, the company’s flagship firefighting vehicle supporting Singapore’s fire department services. His expertise in vehicle engineering was recognised by the company and Vinoth subsequently took on the role of lead engineer for the fourth generation Tumbler Element. In his role, he shouldered responsibility for development of all systems of the vehicle and implemented several enhancements that improved reliability, user friendliness as well as ease of production. In one of his latest projects, he guided a team of engineers and brought the vehicle from concept to reality in a span of 10 months.





Mdm Ho Geok Choo
Lifelong Learning: A Strategic Pivot for Continuous Transformation and Economic Growth

Chief Executive Officer,

Human Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Bio


Mr Quek Chin Hock Vice-President, DTL P-Way, SBSTransit Mr Quek first joined SBSTransit Ltd as an Engineer in 2001 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr Quek was a pioneer involved in the setting up of Permanent Way Team (Pway) to maintain the North East Line (NEL) MRT and the Sengkang- Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. His responsibilities include maintaining the Track, Tunnel, Viaduct and Power rail systems. Subsequently, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Permanent Way & Civil Structure in 2008. In 2012, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Downtown (DTL) Line Infrastructure Department, which he spearheaded the taking over of the DTL MRT Civil and Mechanical services from the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He successfully set up a maintenance team to operate and maintain the DTL Infrastructure systems that include Pway, Civil Structure and Building Mechanical services. Prior to his 18 years of railway career in SBSTransit, he had also worked in civil engineering construction projects involving MRT and residential building. Mr Quek is currently holding the DTL Pway Technical Head position and in-charge of the Permanent Way & Civil Structure maintenance department.





The WHY, HOW and WHAT of Self and Peer Assessments
Dr. Chew Lee Chin

Senior Lecturer,

Psychological Studies, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technology University Singapore

Learning From People, Not Just Classes
Mr Vinoth Pannirsilvam

Chief Engineer,

TRIGEN Automotive (a division of HOPE Technik)

Bio


Mr Quek Chin Hock Vice-President, DTL P-Way, SBSTransit Mr Quek first joined SBSTransit Ltd as an Engineer in 2001 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr Quek was a pioneer involved in the setting up of Permanent Way Team (Pway) to maintain the North East Line (NEL) MRT and the Sengkang- Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. His responsibilities include maintaining the Track, Tunnel, Viaduct and Power rail systems. Subsequently, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Permanent Way & Civil Structure in 2008. In 2012, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Downtown (DTL) Line Infrastructure Department, which he spearheaded the taking over of the DTL MRT Civil and Mechanical services from the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He successfully set up a maintenance team to operate and maintain the DTL Infrastructure systems that include Pway, Civil Structure and Building Mechanical services. Prior to his 18 years of railway career in SBSTransit, he had also worked in civil engineering construction projects involving MRT and residential building. Mr Quek is currently holding the DTL Pway Technical Head position and in-charge of the Permanent Way & Civil Structure maintenance department.





Synopsis


Learning From People, Not Just Classes The growth of technology has accelerated to a speed that has never been seen in the history of mankind and as we ourselves struggle to guess what tomorrow will look like, how do we give guidance and prepare the next generation to be future-ready? Formal education provides an excellent environment to prepare students for their future careers and its importance is undeniable. However, application of theories picked up from books only form part of the equation to career success. Many essential skills are passed on and learnt through interaction with peers and hands-on activities during the course of work. Together with Vinoth Pannirsilvam, Chief Engineer of TRIGEN Automotive, we explore why is it important to equip students with practical skills that are acquired beyond classrooms.




Bio


Mr Vinoth Pannirsilvam Chief Engineer, TRIGEN Automotive (a division of HOPE Technik) Vinoth is the Chief Engineer of TRIGEN Automotive, a division of HOPE Technik specialising in the manufacture of special function vehicles. Vinoth handles vehicle engineering for a variety of emergency response vehicles that the team produces as well as guide junior engineers to achieve design excellence. Vinoth first started working in HOPE Technik in 2014, beginning with assisting in the design of the third generation of the Tumbler Element, the company’s flagship firefighting vehicle supporting Singapore’s fire department services. His expertise in vehicle engineering was recognised by the company and Vinoth subsequently took on the role of lead engineer for the fourth generation Tumbler Element. In his role, he shouldered responsibility for development of all systems of the vehicle and implemented several enhancements that improved reliability, user friendliness as well as ease of production. In one of his latest projects, he guided a team of engineers and brought the vehicle from concept to reality in a span of 10 months.





Interactive Roundtable Discussion:

Case-based Learning

Professor Ho Yew Kee

AssociateProvost, SkillsFuture and Staff Development,

Professor of Accounting, Singapore Institute of Technology

Dr. Wong King Yin

Lecturer, Division of Marketing,
Nanyang Business School

Bio


Assoc Professor Foo Yong Lim Assistant Provost (Applied Learning), Office of the Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Associate Professor Foo Yong Lim is the Assistant Provost (Applied Learning) at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He supports Provost in developing a learning environment that strengthens SIT applied learning pedagogy.





Bio


Assoc Professor Foo Yong Lim Assistant Provost (Applied Learning), Office of the Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Associate Professor Foo Yong Lim is the Assistant Provost (Applied Learning) at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He supports Provost in developing a learning environment that strengthens SIT applied learning pedagogy.





Dr. Mark Chong

Associate Professor of Corporate Communication (Practice),

Singapore Management University

Dr. Liu Zhao Ping, George 

Assistant Professor,

Hospitality Business Programme of Singapore Institute of Technology,

Coordinator, SIT’s Case Method Community of Practice (CoP)

Bio


Mr Mak Keat Meng Former Partner, Head of Assurance, Ernst & Young Keat Meng recently retired from EYLLP Singapore on 1 July 2019. In his nearly 38 years with EY, he has held many senior leadership roles in ASEAN and Singapore. He was the Head of Assurance, Quality Enablement Leader, and the Japanese Business Services Leader in the last 21 years. He was awarded the Public Service Medal(PBM) in 2015 for his contributions in the public arena.





Bio


Mr Quek Chin Hock Vice-President, DTL P-Way, SBSTransit Mr Quek first joined SBSTransit Ltd as an Engineer in 2001 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr Quek was a pioneer involved in the setting up of Permanent Way Team (Pway) to maintain the North East Line (NEL) MRT and the Sengkang- Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. His responsibilities include maintaining the Track, Tunnel, Viaduct and Power rail systems. Subsequently, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Permanent Way & Civil Structure in 2008. In 2012, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Downtown (DTL) Line Infrastructure Department, which he spearheaded the taking over of the DTL MRT Civil and Mechanical services from the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He successfully set up a maintenance team to operate and maintain the DTL Infrastructure systems that include Pway, Civil Structure and Building Mechanical services. Prior to his 18 years of railway career in SBSTransit, he had also worked in civil engineering construction projects involving MRT and residential building. Mr Quek is currently holding the DTL Pway Technical Head position and in-charge of the Permanent Way & Civil Structure maintenance department.





Interactive Roundtable Discussion:

Essence of Integrated Work Study Programme 

Assoc Prof Foo Yong Lim

Assistant Provost (Applied Learning),

Office of the Deputy President (Academic) & Provost,

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Ms Yeo May-Fung

Director, Centre for Career Readiness,

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Bio


Assoc Professor Foo Yong Lim Assistant Provost (Applied Learning), Office of the Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Associate Professor Foo Yong Lim is the Assistant Provost (Applied Learning) at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He supports Provost in developing a learning environment that strengthens SIT applied learning pedagogy.





Bio


Mr Mak Keat Meng Former Partner, Head of Assurance, Ernst & Young Keat Meng recently retired from EYLLP Singapore on 1 July 2019. In his nearly 38 years with EY, he has held many senior leadership roles in ASEAN and Singapore. He was the Head of Assurance, Quality Enablement Leader, and the Japanese Business Services Leader in the last 21 years. He was awarded the Public Service Medal(PBM) in 2015 for his contributions in the public arena.





Assoc Prof Indriyati Atmosukarto

Deputy Programme Director,

BEng (Hons) Telematics,

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Mr Quek Chin Hock

Vice-President, DTL P-Way,

SBSTransit

Bio


Mr Muhammad Khairulanwar Bin Abdul Razak Year 4 Student, Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) I am a senior at the Singapore Institute of Technology, majoring in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems). Recently, I completed my 8 months Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) at Baumann Spring Company, where I had applied to be Project Engineer. The responsibility of this role includes selection, planning and review of the given project that was assigned to me. During my free time, I invest and am involved in doing community work. Apart from that, I have a great interest in technology development, primarily actions that improve everyday human life.





Bio


Mr Quek Chin Hock Vice-President, DTL P-Way, SBSTransit Mr Quek first joined SBSTransit Ltd as an Engineer in 2001 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr Quek was a pioneer involved in the setting up of Permanent Way Team (Pway) to maintain the North East Line (NEL) MRT and the Sengkang- Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) System. His responsibilities include maintaining the Track, Tunnel, Viaduct and Power rail systems. Subsequently, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Permanent Way & Civil Structure in 2008. In 2012, Mr Quek was appointed the Head of Downtown (DTL) Line Infrastructure Department, which he spearheaded the taking over of the DTL MRT Civil and Mechanical services from the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He successfully set up a maintenance team to operate and maintain the DTL Infrastructure systems that include Pway, Civil Structure and Building Mechanical services. Prior to his 18 years of railway career in SBSTransit, he had also worked in civil engineering construction projects involving MRT and residential building. Mr Quek is currently holding the DTL Pway Technical Head position and in-charge of the Permanent Way & Civil Structure maintenance department.





Mr Muhammad Khairulanwar Bin Abdull Razak

Year 4 Student, Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering,

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Mr Mak Keat Meng

Former Partner, Head of Assurance,

Ernst & Young

Bio


Mr Muhammad Khairulanwar Bin Abdul Razak Year 4 Student, Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) I am a senior at the Singapore Institute of Technology, majoring in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems). Recently, I completed my 8 months Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) at Baumann Spring Company, where I had applied to be Project Engineer. The responsibility of this role includes selection, planning and review of the given project that was assigned to me. During my free time, I invest and am involved in doing community work. Apart from that, I have a great interest in technology development, primarily actions that improve everyday human life.





Bio


Mr Muhammad Khairulanwar Bin Abdul Razak Year 4 Student, Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) I am a senior at the Singapore Institute of Technology, majoring in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems). Recently, I completed my 8 months Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) at Baumann Spring Company, where I had applied to be Project Engineer. The responsibility of this role includes selection, planning and review of the given project that was assigned to me. During my free time, I invest and am involved in doing community work. Apart from that, I have a great interest in technology development, primarily actions that improve everyday human life.





Mr Sean Ooi

Alumni, Bachelor of Accountancy,

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Bio


Mr Mak Keat Meng Former Partner, Head of Assurance, Ernst & Young Keat Meng recently retired from EYLLP Singapore on 1 July 2019. In his nearly 38 years with EY, he has held many senior leadership roles in ASEAN and Singapore. He was the Head of Assurance, Quality Enablement Leader, and the Japanese Business Services Leader in the last 21 years. He was awarded the Public Service Medal(PBM) in 2015 for his contributions in the public arena.





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