Polys must continue to cater to evolving needs

Polytechnics need to constantly improve and cater to the growing needs and expectations of students and industries ("Temasek Poly opens new centre for vets and aquaculture"; Tuesday).

The opening of the new facility at Temasek Polytechnic will attract more students to consider a career in the veterinary and biomedical science industries.

It will give students new opportunities, such as internships with veterinary clinics and animal shelters, as well as enable them to help more animals in Singapore.

The new facility should also focus on clinical skills so that veterinary students are better equipped to care for animals and to assist with surgical procedures.

In this way, students will gain not only knowledge from the classroom but also practical skills that will help them in their career path upon graduation.

It is important to have support from lecturers and staff at the polytechnic, as well as industry experts who can come in and impart their skills and knowledge to the students.

This will allow them to apply the skills that they have learnt and to meet the growing demands in the veterinary and aquaculture sectors.

The aquaculture sector will benefit from having younger people enter the sector. Also, farmers can come up with better ideas to boost local food production.

Hopefully, more polytechnics, such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic, which has a veterinary bioscience department, will follow suit in giving students more career opportunities and guidance to hone their skills and pursue their passion in these fields.

I also hope that more partnerships can be formed with overseas universities to offer degree courses in veterinary science and aquaculture in Singapore, through either private or local universities.

This will allow students to continue their studies after graduation and not worry about the costs of going abroad. 

Darren Chan Keng Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2016, with the headline 'Polys must continue to cater to evolving needs'. Print Edition | Subscribe