New energy for education in Asia
UniSA is re-energising its engagement in Asia and this month not only opened a new campus in Singapore, but also launched a suite of full-time degrees with Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
The new initiatives were announced as more than 580 students took part in award presentation ceremonies in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Across the cities, more than 500 alumni attended reunions and in Hong Kong there were special celebrations for the 20th anniversary of UniSA’s partnership with HKBU.
UniSA has partnered with the M2 Academy to deliver a suite of new degree programs in Singapore at a purpose-built campus in the prestigious new Orchard Gateway development right in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.
The new state-of-the-art study environment offers a full sense of campus life, student collegiality and is networked into the working world.
The Singapore Orchard Gateway campus was launched by South Australian Minister for Employment Higher Education and Skills, Gail Gago, and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore, Julie Heckscher.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the partnership gives Singaporean students the opportunity for a fully integrated university education that emphasises experiential learning and professional career skills.
“We’re very excited about the new enterprise and the opportunity it presents to deliver offshore study options that so closely emulate the local experience of on-campus life at UniSA in South Australia,” Prof Lloyd says.
“The other pleasing aspect of this project is that it gives us a tangible presence in Singapore where we already have so many long-standing links with past graduates who have studied with us in-country and in Adelaide and are now successful professionals.
“The Singapore Orchard Gateway campus will be the focus for our public engagement with those alumni and with industry and business leaders, research partners and students.”
Founder and CEO of M2 Academy Mark Coggins says the new partnership will lift the standard of private tertiary education in Singapore.
“We believe that education is one of the most important investment decisions that students will ever have to make,” Coggins says.
“Our role at M2 Academy is to do everything that we can to ensure they get a great return on their investment.
“We are delighted to have partnered with UniSA which is globally recognised as one of Australia’s rising stars.”
The first intake at the new campus will start in September 2014 with degree offerings including the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting); Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management); Bachelor of Communication and Media; Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical); and the Master of Engineering (Engineering Management).
In 2015 more programs will come online at the Singapore campus including the Bachelor of Information Technology (Systems Administration), the Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Security), the Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and the Bachelor of Business (Finance).
Celebrating a 20-year success story in Hong Kong
Twenty years after first collaborating to deliver degree programs in Hong Kong, UniSA has marked the anniversary of its partnership with Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) by launching a suite of full-time degrees and 20 scholarships.
UniSA and HKBU have also jointly funded 20 scholarships, each worth HK$10,000, for HKBU Associate Degree students with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) applying for admission to the UniSA programs.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Prof David Lloyd says the record shows that the relationship between UniSA and HKBU has always been innovative, collaborative and results-oriented.
“Our relationship was forged as a true international partnership – collaboration and communication continue to be the hallmarks of its enduring success,” Prof Lloyd says.
“The 20-year milestone has been a happy occasion and the perfect time to relaunch our important partnership in Hong Kong by announcing a new suite of jointly offered full-time degree programs.
“Our teaching model, where HKBU academics are core to the teaching team, relies on strong communication and mutual understanding.
“It has worked so effectively over the years because of the respect that exists between academics and our two universities.”
The new full-time degrees on offer include the Bachelor of Business (Management); the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting); the Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management); the Bachelor of Communications and Media, and, as a part-time degree program, the Bachelor of Psychological Science.