The Singapore Government has been advocating multiple alternative pathways or “no dead ends” for the national education system to cater for diverse learning styles, aptitudes or abilities. There are multiple paths to success and education should be a lifelong learning journey. In addition, the SkillsFuture national movement plays an important role in charting the nation’s next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society. Every Singaporean is empowered to own a better future with skills mastery and lifelong learning, both for professional development and personal enrichment. Through PaCE College, NTU aims to better serve the local workforce in their professional development and lifelong learning journey by enabling them to update their knowledge and upgrade their skills.
Since 2013, NTU had embarked on a pedagogical shift towards the blended learning approach. Under this “flipped classroom” pedagogy, lecture content is redeveloped for online delivery with the support of learning designers and multimedia specialists to be engaging and interactive and interspersed with multiple in-lesson quizzes to provide frequent feedback on learning. The massive transformation of courses for online delivery under the university’s technology-enhanced learning (TEL) initiative would greatly facilitate part-time study by PMEs as envisaged by SkillsFuture. PaCE College will collaborate with partners such as NTUC, WDA and others to offer a wide variety of TEL courses for working adults.
PaCE College handles the management and administration of NTU’s Part-time Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng) Degree programmes. In addition, PaCE College offers selected skills-based courses drawn from NTU’s existing degree programs. These modular courses can be taken individually on its own or as part of a specialist certificate (comprising typically 3 or more interrelated undergraduate courses in a specialized area) or a graduate certificate (comprising typically 3 or more interrelated graduate courses in a specialized area). All the courses can be taken individually for academic credit and are stackable towards the respective specialist certificate or full degree if they subsequently qualify and are admitted into the respective degree programs.
Besides credit-bearing courses, PaCE College also offers executive, personal development and enrichment non-credit courses, in-house training, executive programmes, summer programmes as well as professional preparatory courses pre-qualified by professional bodies such as the Professional Engineers’ Board and the Singapore Medical Association.
PaCE College is also responsible for courses offered under the National Silver Academy initiative. The Silver Academy was set up by the Ministry of Health to cater to the learning needs of seniors and elderly retirees who may wish to undertake studies for enrichment and personal fulfilment. Their perspectives and wealth of life experiences will enrich classroom deliberations and benefit our undergraduate students.