Murdoch University has demonstrated its commitment to community engagement on an international level through the establishment of a scholarship scheme in Singapore.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Higgott, said the scholarships gave Singaporean students who face financial constraints the chance to complete an undergraduate degree.
Professor Higgott presented the first scholarships at an event that was held to mark The Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation’s (SMa) 80th anniversary. The event, which was attended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, also marked the Federation’s name change to Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF).
“This community scholarship is part of Murdoch University’s commitment to provide educational opportunities for Singaporean students from diverse backgrounds,” said Professor Higgott.
“We have worked with our community partners to embed this scholarship that provides deserving Singaporean youth with access to a University education.
The Tampines Central Community Scholarship Scheme is the first partnership between Murdoch and community-based organisations in Singapore. It is a joint initiative between the Tampines Central Citizens’ Consultative Committee, North East Community Development Council and SMF.
The scholarship scheme will support three students from Tampines Central annually, for three years, to pursue a three-year Murdoch University undergraduate degree offered by SMF.
Mr George Huang, Chairman and President of SMF, said they were committed to the development of human capital in Singapore.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, our contribution to capacity building is to provide platforms for the community to access higher education through student assistance and community scholarship, such as this initiative with Tampines Central and Murdoch University."
Murdoch first partnered with SMF in 2004 to offer Murdoch University degrees in Singapore. The range of courses offered now includes Commerce, Information Technology, Digital Marketing and Media, Communications and a Master of Business Administration.
Murdoch’s Vice President Educational Partnerships, Phil Payne, said that since the partnership had begun student numbers had grown to over 1,200.
“SMF are a very important and valuable partner for Murdoch University as they have a long and impressive history in Singapore,” Mr Payne said.
“We share a commitment to engage with the Singaporean Government's bold agenda for Higher Education and to high quality education more generally.
“SMF have embraced the University’s plans to introduce an enhanced model of transnational education. This will include the establishment of a Singapore Office and greater engagement of home campus staff in the coordination, oversight and delivery of Murdoch University courses in Singapore.
“I look forward to an even stronger relationship in the coming years.”
Vice Chancellor Professor Higgott said in order to meet the challenges posed by the dramatic transformations underway in the higher education sector, both nationally and internationally, internationalisation needed to become an integral part of Murdoch’s overall vision into the future.