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New programme will help NP students widen their job prospects

Students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) can now take a minor subject from a different discipline under a pilot programme, to expand their knowledge base and widen their job prospects.

About 1,000 current second-year students will benefit from the Personalised Learning Pathway pilot rolled out last month, said the polytechnic in a statement.

The minors can be undertaken through four pathways: professional skills, entrepreneurship, global readiness and social leadership. Students can choose from 10 minors in areas such as data analytics, Internet of Things, foreign languages and global readiness skills.

Each minor will require the completion of three learning units. Each learning unit ranges from 45 to 60 hours over a semester.

At the end of their three-year diploma programme, students will be awarded a minor certificate on top of their diploma.

The pilot is expected to be fully rolled out in the 2023 academic year for all full-time diploma students.

In a speech at an NP graduation ceremony yesterday, Education Minister Lawrence Wong said the new pilot programme would help strengthen students' career resilience to pivot more easily towards new growth sectors and enable students to seize new opportunities in the future economy.

NP principal Clarence Ti said the future workplace will be more complex and diverse, and every student has his own aspirations.

The polytechnic hopes the new programme will give students an edge in the future economy as they chase their dreams, he added.

"It will open doors to more career or academic opportunities for them, as well as strengthen their personal and career resilience."

The pilot has allowed Mr Randahl Ng, 18, to pursue his interest in community service and volunteer work on top of his diploma in business studies.

Under the social leadership pathway, he will be taking units on connecting with communities and leadership development.

"I feel this will help me when I join the business world... and need to encounter different communities of people," said Mr Ng, who is keen to start his own cafe or be a coffee bean supplier in the future.

Mr Wong said the global economy will eventually recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and present many exciting opportunities in areas such as sustainability, automation and digitalisation, including the increased use of cloud computing and artificial intelligence solutions.

"I am confident that for all our students, your training in NP has prepared you well to ride the wave of change and to seize these emerging opportunities," he said .