By Janis Zhang
Since the launch of NTU MiniMastersTM in April last year, 1,600 working professionals and graduates have enrolled into more than 400 courses offered through NTU’s Continuing Education and Training (NTU-CET) units.
NTU alumni are taking advantage of their S$1,600 worth of NTU Alumni Course Credits to acquire new skills that are relevant to their jobs or to upgrade their knowledge to remain competitive in the global workforce. The courses on offer span engineering, business, science and education and are stackable towards a Graduate Certificate or an NTU MiniMasters™ Certificate.
Two Class of 2020 alumni shared how they have greatly benefited from these courses, partially subsidised by their Alumni Course Credits and Bonus Alumni Course Credits (for Undergraduate Class of 2020), and are moving towards attaining their MiniMastersTM certificates.
School of Social Sciences alumnus Mr Malcolm Toh Jia Jun is a senior procurement executive with Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). With no prior experience in the procurement field, he was delighted to learn that NTU was offering the MiniMastersTM in Supply Chain Management which he believed would equip him with the right skills and knowledge for the job. He is now pursuing courses stackable to this MiniMastersTM, which have enabled him to gain functional expertise that prepared him for his role at DSTA.
As a Class of 2020 alumnus, Malcolm used his S$1,600 Bonus Alumni Course Credits on top of the lifelong NTU Alumni Course Credits to cover the full fees of the courses he took. Malcolm was thankful for the “academic rigour and support” he received from NTU to begin his lifelong learning journey and providing opportunities to grow professionally and personally.
The Bonus Alumni Course Credits were introduced in April 2020 as part of NTU’s COVID-19 Relief Package to support final-year undergraduates entering a tight job market amid the pandemic. All NTU Alumni Course Credits can be used to offset the fees of various professional development courses offered by NTU including stackable certificates such as Specialist Certificates, Graduate Certificates, or NTU MiniMastersTM.
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering alumna Ms Teh Xiu Yi, a graduate engineer at Arup Singapore, said: “Together with the additional S$1,600 in Bonus Alumni Course Credits, I took this opportunity to upskill myself by taking up a Graduate Certificate in Power Engineering and continue my learning to complement the competencies acquired in my undergraduate years.”
After the Graduate Certificate, Xiu Yi signed up for relevant courses to stack towards the MiniMastersTM in Power Engineering, and the credits earned from the MiniMastersTM can then be further stacked towards a Masters' degree from NTU.
This year, the Class of 2021 undergraduate alumni will also receive S$1,600 worth of Bonus Alumni Course Credits. They may use their combined course credits for courses between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023.
The bonus course credits for Class of 2020 and 2021 are valid until 30 June 2022 and 2023 respectively. Graduates from both classes are encouraged to begin planning how to use their bonus credits soon in order to avoid forfeiting them.
Find out more about the NTU Alumni Course Credits and Bonus Alumni Course Credits.