IDA to start offering mid-term scholarships from 2014, expands course of study

In a move to ensure that the infocomm industry in Singapore will have its share of top talent to sustain and drive growth, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is liberalising a few of its scholarships and internship programmes to reach out to more students.

The regulatory agency announced on Tuesday that the existing National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) programme will be expanded to include mid-term scholarships from next year. First, second or third year students studying infocomm subjects - such as computer engineering and Information Systems - at local or overseas universities may apply.

The agency added that the scholarship programme will also be extended to students pursuing non-computer science subjects in emerging infocomm areas such as business analytics and cloud computing.

The IDA will also open up its talent development programme, Enhanced Learning in Infocomm Technology, to polytechnic undergraduates this year. Previously, only university undergraduates were eligible. Students under this programme will be given opportunities to intern at some 70 technology companies such as HP and SAP.