Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation

Programme Code: GCAI1001: Credit Bearing to SMU's Master of Science in Innovation

Overview

As part of SMU's vision to develop the next generation of innovation leaders, SMU has launched a powerful and integrated applied innovation framework/curriculum that trains participants to develop the necessary skillsets to effectively implement and deploy innovation within their organization.

You will be introduced to the various innovation and innovation management tools such as Design Thinking, Lean Innovation, amongst others. These tools are effectively structured using a practical framework to help you develop the innovation capacity and capabilities to implement innovation led solutions effectively and keep you ahead of competition in a new age of disruption triggered by digital transformations. Don't be left behind as you acquire the new knowledge and future skills required to ride the waves of change for tomorrow.

SMU's Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation is designed to develop corporate managers, entrepreneurs and practitioners keen on advancing innovation in their field fulfill their objectives to do so. The programme is highly relevant and its cross-disciplinary features are all in place to engage, challenge and grow Asia's next generation of innovation leaders across different industries and disciplines.

Learn from a unique blend of academics and innovation experts (See faculty profiles below) who are consultants and innovation leaders from organizations like Disney, General Motors, F & N, Sentosa Development Corporation and Dell, amongst others,  and who have deep industry experience in successfully applying innovation in different organizations.  In addition, you will learn from well known academics who have deep research knowledge on the implementation of innovation in different organizations and develop the critical skills and knowledge required for you and your organization to become a leader in performance based innovation that drives results and impact in today's competitive market.

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Fee
SGD13696.00
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Duration

Each module is conducted over 2 weekday evenings and a full Saturday.

Please refer to the respective modules stated below for the dates.

Level
Basic
Learning Objectives

Participants who join this course would get an opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in leadership, strategic thinking, opportunity recognition, design thinking, innovation process architecting, innovation implementation and communication to effectively deploy innovation using practical steps and with strategy and operational alignment that produces tangible and measurable results for themselves and their organizations.  This will be implemented using a simplistic but robust model shown below:-

Topics/Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation is specially curated to provide the best-in-industry interactive executive education that blends theory, strategy and practice. You will be able to experience, innovation like what it was meant to be. Your effort will be rewarded by the practical difference you will see by putting yourself and your business through the actual innovation process.

Stackable Bite Sized Credit Bearing Modules:

Some of the modules taken under the Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation are credit bearing towards SMU's Master of Science in Innovation, which is on of Asia's most recognised Innovation programmes taught by a diverse group of innovation experts from Asia and Europe.

Module 1

Applied Innovation Awareness (Credit Bearing to Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 04 Apr 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 4-6 Apr 2019 [CLOSED THANK YOU!] 

Run 2: 6-8 Jun 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!] 

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How you scope your company’s innovation process and indeed your own journey often tend to be the most daunting task. Understand the role of innovation in the era where disruption is the new norm. You will appreciate the building blocks of the innovation process and how to transform your organization to be ‘innovation ready’. Participants will also learn the key components of an innovation management system and will be able to define your ‘innovation buckets’ to prioritize resources to support these endeavours. How innovation can support corporate strategies and the ability for governance mechanisms to shepherd innovation project will be explored and explained. 

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Module 2

Design Thinking - Opportunity Recognition and Ideation Management (Credit Bearing to Masters of Science in Innovation and Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 23 May 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 3: 21 - 23 Mar 2019  [COMPLETED] 
Run 4: 23 -25 May 2019 [OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!]

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This course introduces participants to opportunity recognition approaches and design thinking tools for identifying new and better ways of providing products and services that meet customer expectations. In particular, we will look at how external factors (context, available resources) and intrinsic factors (motivation, network, risk propensity) interact to create opportunities that an entrepreneur then chooses to seize. 

Participants will learn to think like innovators, from the initial idea to managing resources, building partnerships with committed stakeholders and dealing with contingencies. In parallel, participants are encouraged to consider their individual accomplishments and how these might support new business creation. Participants will work on past accomplishments, chartering the skills, knowledge and abilities that create a unique set of means with which to drive their own innovation projects.  

Deepen your design thinking capabilities by completing the second part of the design thinking course using the IDEO/Stanford Design School process and apply them to product and service innovation, along with the varying design contexts across various industries.  

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Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

•    Learn to think like an innovator.
•    Learn to apply these methodologies and use individual capabilities and skills to drive innovation.

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Module 3

Design Thinking - Innovation Management Tool (Credit Bearing to SMU's MSc in Innovation)

Next course starts on: 30 May 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 3: 11 - 13 Apr 2019 [FULLY SUBSCRIBED] 
Run 4: 30 May - 1 Jun 2019 [OPEN FOR REGISTRATION]

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In this course, the qualitative design thinking process (based on the IDEO/Stanford Design School process) will be introduced. Applications of design thinking to product and service innovation will be discussed, along with varying of the design contexts, including the private, government and social sectors. Participants will learn to think like innovators, from the initial idea to managing resources, building partnerships with committed stakeholders and dealing with contingencies. In parallel, participants are encouraged to consider their individual accomplishments and how these might support new venture creation. Participants will work on past accomplishments, chartering the skills, knowledge and abilities that create a unique set of means with which to drive their own innovation projects.

Offered by the same faculty under SMU's Graduate Certificate in Innovation and SMU's Master of Science in Innovation, This course aims to expose participants to key concepts in innovation that can be readily translated into practical business cases for themselves and the organizations that they work in.

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Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

•          Learn design thinking methodologies for the creation of products, services and experiences.
•          Learn to apply these methodologies and use individual capabilities and skills to drive innovation.

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Module 4

The Financial Potential and Risks of New Business Ideas (Credit Bearing to Masters of Science in Innovation and Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 21 Feb 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 21-23 Feb 2019 [Fully subscribed thank you!]

Run 2: 16,17,20 Apr 2019 [Now open for registration!!]

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Learn how to estimate demand and market share, conclude on financial potential, and assess the risks of new business idea. On top of lecturers and class exercises, you will be engaged in the group discussion, deepening your knowledge through trial and error, and take on the perspectives of corporate venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs or agents for innovation in larger corporation.

Offered by the same faculty under SMU's Graduate Certificate in innovation and SMU's Master of Science in Innovation, this course aims to expose participants to key concepts in innovation that can be readily translated into practical business cases themselves and the organizations that they work in.

Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS

Through participating in this course, you will be able to:

•          Appreciate strategies to manage competition and resources for innovation.
•          Create, analyse, and evaluate the financial potential and risk of business ideas.
•          Understand  the Corporate Venture Capital Industry.
•          Develop a flair for effectively presenting new innovation and venture ideas.

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Module 5

Innovation Portfolio Management (IPM) – Organising and Executing for Success (Credit Bearing to Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 02 May 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 2,3,4 May 2019 [FULLY SUBSCRIBED!] 

Run 2: 20,21,22 Jun 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!] 

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Organizations such as Google and Starbucks have implemented game-changing innovations in strategic ways that add tremendous value to the big picture.  This course aims to equip participants with the skill to evaluate the best approach to implement innovation within an organization.  This will include defining and developing an innovation implementation framework that best fits with the organization's strategy and culture.

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Module 6

Business Model and Technology Innovation (Credit Bearing to Masters of Science in Innovation and Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 07 Feb 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Next Run: 7 to 9 March 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!]

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As part of SMU's Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation, participants will be introduced two key levers of making innovation work in order to create an ambitious, strategic innovation portfolio, comprising core, adjacent and transformational innovations: technology and business model innovation. Participants will learn what it takes to develop a well governed innovation management framework to avoid the classical traps of ‘good’ innovation management in terms of strategy (e.g. no coherent innovation strategy), structure (too many silos), process (e.g. no rapid prototyping approach) and innovation culture (e.g. too little emphasis on people-oriented building blocks of culture such as values, behavior and climate).

Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS

By the end of this course, Participants will be able to:

•          Gain a working knowledge of how to formulate a simple innovation strategy and how to manage innovation teams.
•          Explain how to build an innovative culture.
•          Put in place change management plans to bring the organisation towards an innovative culture.

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Module 7

Implementing Effective Innovation Processes (Credit Bearing to Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 04 Jul 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 11 - 13 Apr 2019 [FULLY SUBSCRIBED THANK YOU!] 

Run 2: 4 - 6 Jul 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!] 
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Using Lean Thinking and Agility in Innovation as a basis, this course will equip you with cutting-edge knowledge and strategies to start implementing the right innovation processes effectively and appropriately by capturing customer feedback early to minimise waste in the product development cycles, which prioritises experimentation over elaborate planning.  Participants learn how to quickly and with fewer resources, develop, prototype, learn, validate and improve business solutions before embedding these processes back into the primary process ecosystems in an organization.

Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS
Through participating in this course, you will be able to:
•   Quickly, and with fewer resources, develop, prototype, learn, validate, and improve business solutions
•    Embed these new processes using the ‘right’ intra-organisational innovation processes as pillars of robust innovation frameworks
•    Setting up/re-optimising operations and co-ordination efforts for innovation outfits, which may include prototyping test-sites

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Module 8

Storytelling for Innovation and Building Winning Corporate Cultures (Credit Bearing to Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation)

Next course starts on: 13 Jun 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 13 - 15 Jun 2019 [FULLY SUBCRIBED] 

Run 2: 15 - 17 Aug 2019 [OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!] 
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Pivoting an organization in a systematic way towards one that is innovative and forward-looking requires good planning, strong leadership and a culture transformation blueprint/mindset.  In this course, participants will learn how successful organizations have effectively changed their culture by implementing the ADCOE framework and how you and/or your organization can adopt the same approach to start an innovation led culture. 

Topics/Structure

TAKEAWAYS

Through participating in this course, you will be able to:

•  Develop an innovative culture using           
     o ADCOE - Build a culture transformation blueprint             
     o Increasing risk propensity for innovation  
     o Break down silos and fundamentally shifting the way employees get things done
•   Lead by example: Enlist leaders to model new transformation initiatives
•   Embrace cultural change to enable transformation             
     o Develop Company, Employee, Product and Customer Code
     o Evangelize your culture
•   Communicate innovation successes and value through compelling storytelling

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Fees and Funding

Full Fees (Foreigners. i.e. non-Singaporean Citizens and non-Permanent Residents)
S$13,696 (after GST) for non-Singapore Citizens and non-Permanent Residents.

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Funding:

A) Self-Sponsored Individual
•    S$1,548.80 (Singapore Citizens above 40 years old) after SSG Mid Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) Funding (90% course fee subsidy);
•    S$4,108.80 (Singapore Citizen below 40 years old and PRs) after SSG Funding (70% course fee subsidy);
•    S$908.80 (Singaporeans on Workfare Training Support Scheme) after SSG Workfare Training Support Scheme (WTS) Funding (95% course fee subsidy).

SkillsFuture Credit
Self sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to further defray part of the subsidised course fee. Please click User Guide in the Skillsfuture Credit website to find out how to submit your claim.  As courses in this professional certificate have been modularised, participants will need to identify which course to apply credits for.

SkillsFuture Credit claims may be submitted by logging in via MySkillsFuture.sg.
* Important Note: Participants claiming SkillsFuture credits should locate the course in Training Exchange using the Course Code/Name

B) SME Company Sponsored Individual (Enhanced Training Support for SMEs - "ETSS")
•    S$1,548.80 (Singapore Citizen/PR) (Up to 90% course fee subsidy)

Note: Companies which meet all of the following criteria can qualify for the Enhanced Training Support under the SME scheme:
           i. Company must be registered or incorporated in Singapore;
           ii. Employment size (at group level) of not more than 200; OR Annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than S$100 million; and
           iii. At least 30% local shareholding being held by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.

Absentee Payroll
Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

C) Non-SME Company Sponsored Individual

•    S$1548.80 (Singapore Citizens above 40 years old) after SSG (Mid Career Enhanced Subsidy) MCES Funding (90% course fee subsidy);
•    S$4,108.80 (Singapore Citizen below 40 years old and PRs) after SSG Funding (70% course fee subsidy);
•    S$908.80 (Singaporeans on Workfare Training Support Scheme) after SSG (Workfare Training Support Scheme) WTS Funding (95% course fee subsidy).

Absentee Payroll
Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

Schedule

Intake Information
  • Applied Innovation Awareness
    Next run course date: 6-8 Jun 2019
  • Design Thinking – Opportunity Recognition and Ideation Management
    Next run course date: 23-25 May 2019
  • Design Thinking - Innovation Management Tool
    Next run course date: 30 May - 1 Jun 2019
  • Innovation Portfolio Management (IPM) – Organising and Executing for Success
    Next run course date: 2-4 May 2019 
  • The Financial Potential and Risks of Business Ideas
    Next run course date: 25-27 Jul 2019
  • Business Model and Technology Innovation (BMTI)
    Next run course date: 11-13 Jul 2019
  • Implementing Effective Innovation Processes
    Next run course date: 4-6 Jul 2019
  • Storytelling for Innovation and Building Winning Corporate Cultures
    Next run course date: 13-15 Jun 2019

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Dr Michael Netzley
Programme Director, Graduate Certificate in Applied Innovation

Michael has worked in leadership consulting with Heidrick & Struggles, served as Academic Director of SMU Executive Development, and held faculty positions at Singapore Management University and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  He has also held visiting faculty positions in Argentina, Finland, Germany, Japan and Slovenia. For his efforts, Michael has been honoured with the Champion’s Award from the Centra land Eastern European Management Association for innovative learning approaches, and also the Best Case Award in entrepreneurship from EFMD – The Management Development Network.  His work with early adoption of 2.0 technologies in learning has been featured in the New York Timesand also MIT’s Technology Review. Michael has personally facilitated sessions for more than 10,000 executives from firms such asMerck KGaA, GSK, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, UBS, HSBC, Unilever, IBM, 3M, DB Schenker, Samsung, Singapore Airlines, Text 100, UOB, CARE.org, SingHealth, NTUC Enterprises, Singapore Power, and Singapore’s MFA, CPF, MoE, and MAS.

Currently Michael is the founder of Extend My Runway, a cognitive neuroscience start-up that enables aging professionals to excel through their 60s, 70s, and even 80s. Faced with a 100-year life, people increasingly choose to work past traditional retirement age. Companies, however, are typically organized for a younger workforce, and thus firms must retool to serve aging professionals.  Extend My Runway enables that transition, at a personal and organizational level, by translating best-in-class neuroscientific research into practical solutions that measurably improve cognitive performance and add more life to your years.

Lee Cheh Hsien
Divisional Director, Planning
Sentosa Development Corporation


Cheh Hsien has performed in strategy, leadership and innovation roles throughout his career in government, oil & gas and FMCG sectors. A proponent of innovation as a organization imperative, Cheh Hsien has been involved in incubation and testbed platforms, working with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, as well as government agencies to implement an environment conducive for policy and business innovation. Cheh Hsien has also been involved in global operations expansion & integration, corporate restructuring, M&A and risk management, helping companies optimize outcomes and navigate potential pitfalls in the process of business transformation. He has facilitated senior leadership strategy workshops from different cultures and organizations on a small group and organizational level, leveraging the ideas on the ground for best effect. Cheh Hsien understands perspectives from the top, having helmed businesses at a startup and matured level in Singapore and in the region.

Professor Thomas Menkhoff
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources (Education)
Former Academic Director SMU MSc (Innovation)


Professor Thomas Menkhoff served as Academic Director of SMU’s Master of Science in Innovation Programme. He is an award-winning educator (and frequent contributor of the Business Times) and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and several books on socio-cultural dimensions of managing knowledge transfer, innovation and change in multi-cultural contexts and Asian entrepreneurship. Two of his recent publications include “2010 Governing and Managing Knowledge in Asia”, “Series on Innovation and Knowledge Management” and “2014 Catalyst for Change – Chinese Business in Asia”.  Professor Thomas Menkhoff has served, amongst others as consultant to German Agency of Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Government of Singapore, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Arthur D Little, Asian Productivity Organization (APO), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Malaysia and various corporation such as SembCorp Marine or Singapore Power.

John Hamalian
Southeast Asia Representative of LEAN Global Network 
Change and Transformation Leader

John S. Hamalian has over 20 years of experience at General Motors and Dell, specialising in Lean Thinking and Agility, Innovation, Digital-Age Management, Strategy, Change Management, Transformation and Sustainable Organisational Development. With assignments based in the USA, China, Germany, Korea, India and Singapore, culminating in 2 Asia-Pacific Regional Director positions, John thrives in global and culturally-diverse environments. He is an adjunct lecturer at various universities; a published writer on Management, Leadership, Strategy and Asian culture; and an active speaker at Business Excellence conferences, global corporations and professional institutions. John is now the founder of Sustainable Organisational Excellence as well as the Southeast Asia Representative for globally-renowned Lean Enterprise Institute (Lean Global Network), providing consulting, coaching, facilitation and training to help clients across Asia improve their performance and increase value. John’s role also includes building a regionalcommunity of Lean thinking and practice. He holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Kettering University in Michigan. An avid explorer, John has visited over 60 countries, including the entire Far East of Asia, and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese. He is an active supporter of several NGOs, including serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee as well as Trustee.

Ashok Miranda 
Former Creative Director/Producer (Disney Television Asia)


Ashok has won 43 international and regional awards for creative and marketing excellence. He has designed and architected several ‘wow’ customer and affiliate event experiences regionally with Disney and Sony Pictures that have set the industry bar in excellence. Ashok is currently a Business Transformation Architect. As a consultant, trainer, speaker and coach, he helps businesses transform to reach their full potential and successfully navigate in today’s complex and challenging environment. He has deep corporate brand building experience and through his extensive storytelling experience, has built strong brands across Asia for leading multi-national media companies; Walt Disney Television Asia and Sony Pictures. He has created several proprietary products and processes for startups and SME’s in the areas of company culture, branding, digital inbound marketing and customer experience.

Kan Siew Ning
Adjunct Faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Business


Mr. Kan Siew Ning worked for the Singapore Government from 1985 to 2011. In 2011, he was a Director of Police Technology Department, managing 250 people and almost 100 IT and engineering projects. He had also ran a government-owned venture capital firm, Cap Vista Pte. Ltd., and was the president of the Information and Management Society.  Mr. Kan has been teaching university courses since 2001, and has taught in SMU, NTU and NUS. The topics include knowledge management, smart cities, drones and robotics, leadership and team building, human capital management, and public sector IT system. He received several teachings award and adjunct teaching in SMU. He has also taught short overseas courses at the University of Mauritius and Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau. One of his recently edited publications is: ”Living in Smart Cities: Innovation and Sustainability” (with Thomas Menkhoff, Hans-Dieter Evers and Chay Yue Wah), World Scientific Publishing 2017 forthcoming.

Dr. Frank Siegfried
Adjunct Faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Founder and Director,Black Moon Pte Ltd


Dr. Frank Siegfried accumulated 20 years of working experience in several high-tech Multi-National Companies (MNC’s), working in Germany, UK, PRC and Singapore prior to joining Academia and forming his own Advisory business. He received his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from Manchester University and was an Adjunct Faculty in the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at SMU. He was Program Director at SMU Executive Development, and teaches subjects related to Megatrends, VUCA World, Scenario Planning, Strategy, Change, Risk, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Innovation Management to practitioner from local and international companies.  He also teaches Global MBA students at Manchester Business School using Scientific Principles related to strategic analysis and planning, decision making for differentiation and innovation, entrepreneurial finance, risk mitigation, go-to- market primary data collection using qualitative and quantitative research methods mostly applied in high-tech or financial services industry contexts. His work seeks to create actionable interventions with impact to make changes in relation to the industry’s most pressing issues.

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Admission Requirements

A good Bachelor's degree (of any field) from a recognised University. Diploma holders from a recognised polytechnic with at least 3 years of relevant working experience and/or start-up experiences are welcome to apply. International students who hold a valid Employment Pass (EP) or Dependent Pass (DP).

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