Singapore’s GovTech partners with 8 Institutes of Higher Learning

Representatives from the 8 IHLs with Jacqueline Poh, GovTech Chief Executive, and Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.

The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has signed six individual Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), and two Memorandums of Intent (MOI) with eight Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to develop the technology ecosystem to enhance the capabilities and competencies of the students.

The IHLs are Institute of Technical Education, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore University of Technology and Design,  and Temasek Polytechnic.

“We believe that an active partnership between public agencies, academia and commercial entities can help us create the best digital services for citizens and smart solutions for our city,” Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech. “This set of agreements will not only give us the opportunity to do that but also allow us to help develop our next generation of tech talent, which is key to building Singapore into a Smart Nation.”  
GovTech said it aims to provide training opportunities for over 300 students, through the agreements. Under the plan, the government will provide students exposure to internships, attachments, final-year projects, and tech-related competitions in which they will work on technological solutions for problems faced by public agencies. 

Students will also be invited to seminars, workshops, and courses organized by GovTech and will work on areas including cyber security, data analytics, internet-of-things and other emerging technologies. 

Such work exposure aims to complement the recent Committee on the Future Economy recommendations for young workers to attain deep skills and industry-relevant expertise in order to give them an edge in a technology driven future.
"This collaboration between GovTech and ITE presents excellent opportunities for our staff and students to broaden their learning and apply their skills in Design Thinking, robotics, augmented and virtual reality in the development and delivery of real-world solutions for the industries,” said Low Khah Gek, CEO, ITE.

Yeo Li Pheow, Principal/CEO, Republic Polytechnic, added that the collaboration activities, which include internships, final-year, and test-bedding projects will provide students with valuable industry exposure that is aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation Drive. 

Clarence Ti, Principal, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said the school is looking forward to the partnership that will enable students to gain invaluable industry exposure, build their competencies in future skills and develop innovative solutions that address real-world challenges. 

GovTech will likewise continue to tap on its current InnoLeap program, which provides platforms for IHLs, Research Institutes (RIs) and commercial entities to work together to transform challenges faced by public agencies into innovative solutions in a technology ecosystem. 

The sharing of such challenges is carried out through thematic workshops, sharing sessions, and one-to-one consultation clinics. 

Since its launch in August 2014, InnoLeap has conducted 21 sessions, involving about 1,000 participants from over 70 organizations and close to 90 public agencies. GovTech will work closely with these eight IHLs in the subsequent sessions.