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New UOL-SIM Regional Centre Launched

UOL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith (left) with SIM GE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, at the launch of the UOL-SIM Regional Centre.
UOL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith (left) with SIM GE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, at the launch of the UOL-SIM Regional Centre.

The University of London (UOL) and SIM Global Education (SIM GE), launched the UOL-SIM Regional Centre on 5 April 2017. The event was graced by Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission, Singapore, Mr Jonathan Darby. Also in attendance were Chair of Trustees at UOL, Sir Richard Dearlove and Pro Vice - Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive of the UOL Programmes, Dr Mary Stiasny.

The Regional Centre which will be based at the SIM Headquarters, will focus on broadening and deepening collaboration with key partners and focus on market development, both in Singapore and more widely across the Southeast Asia region. This includes working with regulatory bodies, government institutions and scholarship organisations.

Speaking at the launch of the Centre was SIM GE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, who highlighted the 31-year strong partnership between SIM GE and UOL.

“We are very proud of this partnership and its heritage and we feel we can build on this…we are very mindful that the success of our partnership is very much based on our shared vision and shared value of focusing on quality of education and on our students. At SIM, we have put in lots of resources to help our students, not only in academic endeavours, but also to make sure that they develop as a person and as a professional, and we are going to bring this spirit to the regional centre,” he said.

Dr Lee added that both the universities will work together to raise the profile of UOL programmes and build stronger relationships with stakeholders in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

At the event UOL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith said, “What we’re aiming to achieve first and foremost is to provide a physical focus for our joint effort. Some 20 per cent of our University of London international programme students worldwide are here in Singapore and around 85 per cent of those are studying at SIM. So, this is the obvious place to locate our regional centre where we have these fantastic resources, well-established quality provision and the capacity and infrastructure for further outreach.”

Apart from focusing on key markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar, Sir Adrian shared that the Centre will look to support existing teaching institutions and develop new ones as well as further build on inward recruitment to Singapore from the region. He added that SIM GE and UOL will also continue to build on their relationships and networks with their alumni, as well as corporate centres and professional bodies.

SIM alumni, faculty and staff of UOL and the SIM Group, associates from CPA Australia, RELC Examinations Bureau, British Council and local institutes came together to celebrate the launch of the Regional Centre to take the partnership between UOL and SIM
SIM alumni, faculty and staff of UOL and the SIM Group, associates from CPA Australia, RELC Examinations Bureau, British Council and local institutes came together to celebrate the launch of the Regional Centre to take the partnership between UOL and SIM GE further.

SIM-UOL graduates in the executive committee of the Singapore alumni association pictured with Sir Adrian (extreme left) and Sir Richard (extreme right).
SIM-UOL graduates in the executive committee of the Singapore alumni association pictured with Sir Adrian (extreme left) and Sir Richard (extreme right).


Note:
This year, SIM GE welcomes the 31st intake for UOL programmes and launched the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management and Digital Innovation programme led by LSE. Last year, they also introduced a new Master of Science in Professional Accountancy programme, with academic direction from UCL School of Management and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Posted online, 21 April 2017