Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) has launched a new Certificate in China Readiness (CCR) developed in collaboration with Business China. CCR is an initiative that supports the deepening of international relations with China in the realm of enhanced business understanding and cultural exchanges.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on 2nd March 2017 between Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Business China to launch the CCR programme, which is well aligned with key recommendations from the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) report 2017.
The CCR programme is scaffolded with a cross-disciplinary curriculum offered by NP's School of IS to second-year students across all NP diplomas. Students need to complete three modules under CCR.
The first two modules, which span twenty weeks in Singapore, enable students to gain broad perspectives of China's business and culture. Apart from interesting classroom activities, students will also visit Chinese companies in Singapore.
The programme culminates in a fully sponsored 12-day immersion trip in China. Students will enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese cultures and gain valuable insights into China's economic and social developments through interaction with locals and visits to business entities.
"With China's exponential growth and fast-changing social landscape, there is an increased demand for graduates with in-depth knowledge of China. This partnership with Business China for the Certificate in China Readiness opens doors to exciting career and business opportunities for our students," said Mr Clarence Ti, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Ms Sun Xueling, CEO of Business China, commented that the launch of CCR "resonates with the call for Singaporeans to build capabilities to operate successfully in overseas markets. It is a milestone in the promotion of China-readiness and entrepreneurship among young Singaporeans."
Jaryl Tan, a Diploma in Business Studies student, has enrolled for CCR as he is fascinated by China's rapid development. He said, "I aspire to be an entrepreneur one day and hope to learn how to break into the Chinese market."
The inaugural CCR implementation from April 2017 will comprise an intake of about 70 students. Priority is given to students who have a keen interest to engage with, work in or operate business entities in China.