Combining NTU’s tech expertise with Facebook’s data centre expertise.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Facebook have joined together launch a pilot program to develop local talent in the data centre sector in Singapore, one of the major data investment hubs in the region.
The newly developed nine-month pilot program by the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU) will offer four Specialist Certificates and one Graduate Certificate in the pilot phase, starting August 2020.
The four Specialist Certificate program are in design engineering, network engineering, site operations, and facility operations, while the Graduate Certificate programme is in international construction management.
These courses were developed in conjunction with NTU College of Engineering and are aimed at training and up-skilling local engineering talent to fill the increasing demand for specialists in the data centre industry.They will run alongside NTU undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, both on campus and online. The pilot programme is open to the public and eligible for funding and mid-career enhanced subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).
Professor Ling San, NTU deputy president and provost said the courses will be combined with NTU’s deep expertise in emerging technologies and Facebook’s data centre expertise.
As a collaborator of Facebook, CBRE Data Centre Solutions (DCS) – one of Singapore’s leading data centre facilities management provider – will offer data centre specific training and career path advice for successful applicants of the pilot initiative.
Graduates from this pilot program will be able to explore a career in the data centre sector or in other relevant engineering sectors.
Following the August 2020 pilot, PaCE@NTU will progressively introduce more courses in the subsequent phases of the collaboration which can potentially involve other data centre industry players.
To meet the specific needs of business owners and working professionals in the sector, it will be consulting the Infocomm Media Development Authority and industry stakeholders.
PaCE@NTU will also work closely with the university’s Alumni Affairs Office to identify suitable candidates from its database of engineering graduates and engage them about the new certificate programmes.
NTU alumni with industry experience who are looking to pivot their career into a growing industry can take up these programmes and future iterations to up skill themselves.