Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre to close after joint venture winds up

Teochew Building where Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre is located.
Teochew Building where Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre is located.PHOTO: NGEE ANN-ADELAIDE

SINGAPORE - Private institution Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre (NAAEC) will close after the partnership behind it comes to an end.

The University of Adelaide announced on Monday (July 18) that it has decided to stop its collaboration with Ngee Ann Kongsi.

The two institutions first came together in 1998 to form the NAAEC.

In a statement, the university said: "Since the establishment of the NAAEC, the global Higher Education market has changed dramatically, with the emergence of new models, and developments in new technology, including a move to blended learning, favouring content partnering or licensing over brick and mortar delivery.

"At the University of Adelaide, we have also redirected our own strategic focus to the small group discovery and close interaction with researchers."

The NAAEC currently has over 700 students studying in programmes such as business, nursing and computer science.

After a final intake of about 90 students this semester, it will stop accepting new enrolments from Monday (July 18).

The university will help its existing NAAEC students to complete their study, or "with an alternative provider if they so choose", it said in the statement.

The university will also be working with its students individually to develop an academic plan, including reviewing their completed courses, courses requiring completion, teaching timetable and learning options.