To continually prepare NTU students for career success, impactful service and global citizenship in their professional lives, the Margaret Lien Centre for Professional Success (MLCPS) was set up in 2014, with a S$12 million gift from philanthropist Mrs Margaret Lien, wife of the late banker, hotelier and philanthropist Dr Lien Ying Chow. With 1.5 times government matching, the total endowed funding for the MLCPS amounted to S$30 million.
To date, at least 46,000 students have benefitted from Centre's modules, realising the mission to instil in every NTU graduate the right values and character, to set him and her apart as a responsible citizen of Singapore and the world. Each year, about 5,000 students complete the online courses from the Centre to kickstart their career success.
As the world embraces itself for a post-pandemic IR 4.0 economy, we are excited to share that NTU is enhancing the scope of MLCPS in line with NTU2025 Vision to nurture leaders and contribute societal impact through interdisciplinary education. To achieve that, MLCPS has adopted a blended and applied learning pedagogy with a mix of online and face to face classroom interactions and hands-on project participation facilitated by four accomplished teaching specialists with rich industry backgrounds. Students will come together from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds for interdisciplinary and group-based learning. Entrepreneurship and leadership foundational skills will be introduced on top of career skills in the modules.
Launched in August 2021, the new Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum (ICC) for all freshmen comprises four transferable skills essential for thriving in the new economy and a deep dive into three global challenges -- Sustainability, Impact of Science & Technology on Humanity, and Mental Health & Well-being. MLCPS is part of the ICC's aim to equip every NTU student with the four essential skills, especially in foundational Careers, Entrepreneurship & Leadership skills, to thrive in an IR4.0 era.