The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore's Students Union (NTUSU) today launched two new initiatives to give fresh graduates a head start in their careers.
The First Step, a new initiative led by NTUSU offers a unique forum for Singapore undergraduates to engage in conversation with leading employers on hiring and job prospects. Supported by students from the other five local universities, the national Conference will be a platform to spark closer engagement between employers and their future employees, and promote a more holistic approach to hiring.
At the Conference held at One Farrer Hotel today, NTUSU will also seal a partnership with Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) that seeks to provide undergraduates and fresh graduates from NTU with more opportunities in the areas of leadership training, mentorships and jobs matching.
The First Step is supported by students from National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Social Sciences.
Mr Edward Lim, NTUSU President said, "One of the biggest concerns of undergraduates is how employers are responding to the needs of the future workforce. To help our peers and students get the best shot for their future, NTUSU brought together employers, educators, and students from local universities, to work together towards a holistic and innovative approach in the hiring of fresh graduates - with a focus on criteria beyond academic results. We are heartened that The First Step’s first conference has received strong support from leading employers and students. We hope that the conference and NTUSU’s new partnership with SMF will benefit students and employers to build new connections and contribute to a stronger workforce.”
Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, who is also Patron of The First Step is the Guest of Honour at the inaugural conference. Commending the initiative, Mr Ong said, "I am encouraged by the students’ initiative, to raise awareness amongst employers on how higher education has evolved, developing students holistically beyond academic knowledge. It is time for hiring practices and selection techniques to evolve in tandem, and I hope this Conference, organised by students, will give it a good push."
More than 250 students and 300 employers are attending the event, which features keynote speaker Mr Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group, who will speak on the use of innovative and holistic hiring methods to employ fresh graduates, and a dozen panellists representing the public and private sectors, and universities, including NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh.
NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh, said, "NTUSU’s new partnership with SMF is also a timely and welcome addition to the university’s business community network that will enhance our graduates’ competitiveness and career prospects. The First Step provides students and employers an important platform to gain fresh perspectives on job expectations, hiring trends and in-demand skills. In today's global workplace, new technologies are facilitating new forms of work and collaboration, while confronting industry and job-seekers with a new set of challenges. This Conference enables the participants to understand the issues and challenges of today's complex global work environment."
The agreement between NTUSU and SMF to help launch the career aspirations of NTU students and fresh graduates will be inked by NTUSU President Edward Lim and SMF President Douglas Foo, and witnessed by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
SMF President Douglas Foo, who is also a Nominated Member of Parliament, said, “SMF is pleased to work with the NTUSU on this new partnership. NTU students and alumni will be able to push forward in their careers by building and deepening their skills through our various programmes, including leadership training. Connecting with industry leaders and influencers in our wide network of 3,000 companies enables them to open new opportunities for career growth and success.”
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past five years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg