Published on 17 Mar 2022

Mindef, NTU launch digital defence work-study programme for full-time national servicemen

Straits Times, 9 March 2022

Collage photo of the MoU signing ceremony.

SCSE, NTU and the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) are launching a new Work-Learn Scheme (WLS) for Digital Specialists.

Through the new Digital Work-Learn Scheme, selected Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) will serve as Digital Specialists under the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) newly established Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS) for a duration of four years, to develop artificial intelligence (AI) applications and performing software engineering tasks in support of real-world military operations.

The Memorandum of Understanding for the new programme was signed on 9 Mar by Brigadier-General (BG) Mark Tan, Defence Cyber Chief of MINDEF and Professor Louis Phee, Vice President (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) and Dean of NTU’s College of Engineering, in a ceremony at NTU.

To complement their in-house vocational training and operational hands-on experiences, NSFs can take up modules to earn academic credits at NTU that contribute to a degree in Data Science and AI, Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

The NSFs will serve as digital specialists under Singapore Armed Forces' newly established Digital and Intelligence Service for four years to contribute to Singapore’s #cyberdefence. They can go on to complete their studies at NTU after their national service stint.

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