Singapore Poly to offer full-time applied AI, analytics diploma

(From far left) Moderator Richardo Chua, Mr Yoo Byunghui from Air Liquide, Mr Jonathan Yap from DBS Intelligent Banking, Mr Mohan Belani from e27.co, Dr Yuhui Yao from FWD Group, and Mr Lim Chee Siong from Huawei, South Pacific, at a panel discussion
(From far left) Moderator Richardo Chua, Mr Yoo Byunghui from Air Liquide, Mr Jonathan Yap from DBS Intelligent Banking, Mr Mohan Belani from e27.co, Dr Yuhui Yao from FWD Group, and Mr Lim Chee Siong from Huawei, South Pacific, at a panel discussion at the inaugural Singapore Polytechnic Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium yesterday. They spoke on the use of AI in their respective industries. ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

First batch of up to 80 students will learn to solve challenges in finance, infotech, commerce

Students fresh out of secondary school will, from next April, be able to take up a full-time diploma programme in applied artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics at Singapore Polytechnic (SP).

The polytechnic, which will take up to 80 students in the first batch, will be the first of the five polytechnics here to offer such a programme.

Currently, such courses are offered as specialist diploma programmes, which are for existing diploma or degree holders - usually adult learners - to deepen their knowledge and skills.

The new diploma course was launched yesterday during the inaugural SP AI Symposium held at the Concorde Hotel, where there was a panel discussion as well as a showcase of AI-related projects done by students and industry partners.

Students enrolled in the programme will learn to apply AI and big data to solve current challenges across industries such as finance, information technology and commerce.

SP principal and chief executive Soh Wai Wah said it is meant to support the rising demand in AI-related roles and skills, such as data analysts and machine learning engineers.

"SP aims to produce the next-generation workforce that will be able to tap the latest technologies to take Singapore forward," he added.

Yesterday, the polytechnic signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) which will see graduates from this course, as well as those from its specialist diploma in data science programme, receive exemptions for SUTD's ModularMasters in Data Science programme.

NEXT-GENERATION WORKFORCE

Singapore Polytechnic aims to produce the next-generation workforce that will be able to tap the latest technologies to take Singapore forward.

SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC PRINCIPAL AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE SOH WAI WAH

The ModularMasters upskilling programme is for adult learners who may not have a basic degree but have relevant technical work experience and meet the entry requirements.

Students in the programme can accumulate subject credits from a series of "stackable" courses and receive a certificate from the SUTD Academy at the end.

SkillsFuture Singapore chief executive Ng Cher Pong, who was at the symposium, said the institutes of higher learning are key partners in the SkillsFuture movement.

"Over the past few years, they have stepped up efforts to build up a pipeline of local digital talent, focusing on both full-time pre-employment training and also short, industry-relevant modules targeted at working adults."

AI has become an integral part of daily life, he added, and technological advancements in the area can be disruptive and lead to change.

"As a result, AI, together with data analytics, robotics and automation, is crucial to the restructuring of our economy - especially as we move towards becoming a Smart Nation."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore Poly to offer full-time applied AI, analytics diploma'. Print Edition | Subscribe