17 April 2009 - The Integrated Infocomm Scholarship is a new scholarship programme, offered by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) that was announced in February 2009. It will provide support to outstanding 'O' level students to pursue infocomm studies from polytechnic straight through to university level, and to subsequently pursue an infocomm career.
Singapore, 17 April 2009 | For Immediate Release
20 Bright ‘O’ Level Students Selected
The Integrated Infocomm Scholarship (or IIS in short) is a new scholarship programme, offered by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) that was announced in February 2009. It will provide support to outstanding ‘O’ level students to pursue infocomm studies from polytechnic straight through to university level, and to subsequently pursue an infocomm career.
The IIS programme is one of IDA’s initiatives to ensure that the infocomm industry will have access to a ready and continuous pipeline of infocomm talent. The infocomm industry is an important sector of Singapore’s economy. It contributes about six per cent to national GDP. According to IDA’s 2008 Infocomm Manpower Survey, there are 139,000 infocomm professionals employed in the economy. Infocomm holds tremendous potential in driving economic and social growth. It also empowers and enables many other industries to remain competitive in the global market.
20 outstanding ‘O’ level students received the Integrated Infocomm Scholarship today from Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. These scholars will have the opportunity to gain meaningful and relevant industry exposure and experience of up to six months each during their studies at the polytechnic and university, respectively. This will be achieved through industry attachments, both locally and overseas of up to six months, with major corporations.
The Integrated Infocomm Scholarship supports two main areas of studies, one at the polytechnic level and the other at the university level. The IIS covers tuition fees at a local polytechnic and / or university, as well as allowances for annual living and computer expenses.
Top performing scholars at the polytechnic level may also have the opportunity to apply for the National Infocomm Scholarship1 (NIS) programme for sponsorship of their university studies. Where a scholar is awarded NIS, the programme’s terms and conditions would apply accordingly.
Scholars who continue with the IIS for their university studies will go on to serve a three-year bond in the infocomm industry and undertake an infocomm-related job approved by IDA, upon graduation from the university.
At the university level, beyond tuition fees at a local university, IIS scholars will receive funding support to pursue developmental courses to ensure they are industry-ready once they graduate and enter the workforce. The development courses seek to provide vendor-specific expertise, business domain knowledge, client management, business communication and soft skills. As part of getting these IIS scholars to be industry-ready, they will also be sent for local industry attachments of up to six months. During this attachment, they will be given allowances.
ISSUED BY CORPORATE & MARKETING COMMUNICATION DIVISION
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
Note to Editor:
1 The National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) was launched by IDA in 2004 to develop infocomm leaders and ensure a future pipeline of talent for the infocomm industry. NIS offers the unique opportunity for scholars to be nurtured by leading MNCs, local companies and government agencies during their course of study. The sponsoring organisations range from diverse sectors including banking and finance, defence, energy, entertainment, and infocomm. These sponsoring organisations will nurture national infocomm scholars through mentorship and overseas work attachments of up to six months. At the end of their studies, all NIS scholars would go on to serve their bond with their sponsoring organisations. NIS is open to both local and foreign students who have completed their junior college or polytechnic studies and are keen to pursue a full time infocomm-related degree in either a local or foreign university. Since the launch of NIS in 2004, 155 scholarships have been given out.
- Speech By Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications And The Arts, As Guest Of Honour At The Integrated Infocomm Scholarship Award Ceremony 2009, 17 April 2009, Asian Civilisations Museum
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing info-communications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg.
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Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
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