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Nanyang Polytechnic Partners SACEOS to Nurture and Retain Talent

Date: 9 February 2015, Monday


Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)’s School of Business Management (SBM) will partner the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) to further enhance and equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be industry-ready. The partnership will allow graduates from the polytechnic’s Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (DHTM) to enjoy exemptions from selected modules of professional certification programmes. Another initiative under the partnership will see students matched with industry professionals for career and professional mentorship.

NYP and SACEOS will also be collaborating on the development of real business casesthat will be integrated into the NYP curriculum. These cases will heighten students’ awareness of the nuances of the profession, while sharpening their skills in managing different real-world situations. To deepen student’s engagement with the industry, SACEOS will offer NYP students preferential rates for student membership, opening doors to networking opportunities for these aspiring MICE professionals.

 According to a recent report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), employers find it a real challenge to fill job positions, especially in the service sector. It has become even more pertinent to attract and retain talents, and promote manpower training and capability development. This timely partnership will build a stronger link between students and industry, with the objective of talent retention in the industry after graduation.

Mr. Henry Heng, Deputy Principal (Organisational Excellence) & Senior Director, School of Business Management, said: “SACEOS has been the definitive voice and champion of the Singapore Business Travel and Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry.  Its commitment to raising the professional standard of its members has been relentless.   The signing of this MOU will enable Nanyang Polytechnic to plug into this same network and professional development conduits, to give our students a head start in the MICE industry in Singapore and the region.”

Mr. Ong Wee Min, Honorary Secretary of SACEOS, said: “As the only business association for the MICE and Events industry, it will be working closely with one fo the top polytechnics in Singapore to develop young talent for this dynamic industry. In 2014, SACEOS developed an accreditation pathway for MICE and Events professionals, the MOU with Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Business Management will enable SACEOS to create an attractive and sustainable career development pathway to attract and retain young talent."