NUS launches three new part-time degrees in business analytics, cyber security and software engineering

The National University of Singapore (NUS) campus.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Three new part-time degree programmes - in business analytics, cyber security and software engineering - have been launched by the National University of Singapore (NUS) amid growing demand for professionals in these sectors.

These Bachelor of Technology (BTech) programmes will be offered on a part-time basis from August by the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (Scale) in partnership with the School of Computing at NUS.

Scale is expected to take in about 160 students in total for the three programmes.

The school is also introducing seven new undergraduate certificate courses in information and communication technology (ICT) areas which are eligible for SkillsFuture credits. They cover foundations in computing, computing: systems and application development, cyber security, software engineering, business analytics foundations, digital analytics and institutional analytics.

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NUS said the new programmes were introduced "to meet the increasingly high demand for professionals in data analytics, information security and software engineering in Singapore", adding that as Singapore moves towards its goal of becoming a Smart Nation, these sectors were identified as important growth areas to enable a more productive and competitive information-driven economy.

Scale's dean professor Wei Kwok Kee, said: "The BTech programmes are designed to be highly relevant to industry, which will prepare students with the competencies to ride this new ICT wave and take their careers further."

He noted that Scale is expanding its efforts in support of the national SkillsFuture movement as the school marks its first anniversary.

The new BTech programmes will be taught by academics from the School of Computing as well as industry professionals. Lessons will be delivered as a combination of online learning and face-to-face classes to cater to working adults who have to juggle work and study commitments.

NUS said the curriculum caters to students both with or without a computing background or work experience in the IT industry. Students could opt for the BTech programmes to help them make a career change from a non-IT sector, while flexibility within the curriculum will mean students who have relevant experience in the sector could graduate faster.

These new programmes build upon Scale's existing BTech offerings in engineering, expanding from the current five specialisations - electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial and management engineering, and civil engineering - to eight in total.

There are currently about 1,000 adult learners pursuing BTech programmes in the five engineering specialisations.

Registration for all three new BTech programmes, as well as the undergraduate certificate in foundations in computing, is open from today until June 13.

A preview session will be held on June 3 at NUS University Town. For more information, go to: scale.nus.edu.sg