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Training smart designers for a smart nation

31 Jul 2017

SIM Global Education (SIM GE) signed a partnership agreement with Strate School of Design, Paris, on 14 July 2017 to offer Strate’s Master in Design for Smart Cities programme in Singapore. The multidisciplinary Master’s programme is the first of its kind offered locally. 

Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM GE (left), and Mr Dominique Sciamma, Director and
Dean, Strate, having a jovial exchange at the signing ceremony.

The two-year full-time programme seeks to meet a demand for professionals who are well versed and trained in strategic areas such as the Internet of Things, data visualisation and virtual and augmented reality which are core to a Smart Nation. The programme is designed to be industry-centric and students will gain hands-on experience through industry-sponsored projects and a compulsory internship. One of the strengths of this multidisciplinary programme is that it incorporates social science thinking into its curriculum to produce graduates who can create effective solutions for humans in areas such as education, health and transport.

Mr Dominique Sciamma, Strate’s Director and Dean, said, “This Master’s programme is totally synchronised with Singapore’s strategy. By training 21st-century designers through what we call the design mix combining human sciences, management and design thinking methodology, and a project-based pedagogy with an imperative connection to the industry, we shall have highly professional and effective designers that Singapore needs to address the issues of a smart city.”

This is SIM GE’s first partnership with an education institution from France.  Strate has been ranked one of the ‘60 Best Design Schools in the World’ by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“In choosing our partners, we have always been very selective in working only with a few well-ranked international universities which will not only complement and add value to our range of programmes but also share our commitment to quality and market relevance, and to making a difference to the people who come to us. With the emphasis on SkillsFuture, we are keen to bring on board partners who also offer competency-based deep skills training. Our partnership with Strate School of Design therefore marks a key milestone in these directions,” said Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM GE.

Dr Lee (first from left), Mr Jacques Malz, Director, Strate Singapore (second from left),
Mr Sciamma (fourth from left), and guests from DesignSingapore Council having a wefie moment.

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