As the world's economic and power bases shift to Asia, educational institutions in the region are broadening their scope to produce highly skilled workers and meet the demand for professionals.
Educating Singapore's workforce for 50 years, PSB Academy is in a solid position to attract students and graduates seeking quality education and wanting to be near the region's burgeoning job market.
"We train people for the workforce," says Evan Law, CEO of PSB Academy. "Three in four of our students find a job within six months of graduating."
PSB Academy has its roots as a government entity formed in 1964 and tasked to upgrade the knowledge and skills of Singapore's workers to meet the country's growing economic needs. PSB Academy was corporatised in 2006 and moved into a lush and modern campus to develop its full range of certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
PSB Academy has grown to become one of Singapore's leading higher education providers. Its suite of academic programmes extends from business and communications, finance, engineering to life and physical sciences. It is also one of the few institutions that offer niche degrees. These degrees cover various disciplines such as occupational health and safety, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. PSB Academy will also introduce new programmes in the coming month such as in the area of clinical research.
"We provide a holistic learning environment both in and out of the classrooms as opposed to just academic work," Law says. "We want to continue being relevant to the industry. The goal of PSB Academy is to get our graduates to become 'work-ready' in today's demanding and fast-paced work environment."
PSB Academy programmes are accredited locally and internationally through its partner universities in Australia and Britain. Students enjoy classes taught by lecturers from these universities at either one of PSB Academy's two conveniently located campuses in Singapore.
Aside from offering certificate and diploma courses, PSB Academy also collaborates with corporations to develop customised work-study modules for employees. It designed a retail management training programme for one of the region's largest furniture and electronics retailers to develop employees' skills relevant to the retail business. The training programme prepares employees to take on future regional and supervisory positions. Through such collaboration, employees also stand to gain academic achievement and a successful career path.
To mark its 50th anniversary next year, PSB Academy plans to grow its presence in Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. It seeks to increase business opportunities with local educational institutions that complement its quality offerings.