The local and regional shippers’ community reached a milestone today with the launch of Asia’s first shippers’ academy – the Singapore Shippers’ Academy (SA) in Singapore. The new Academy aims to bridge the gap in the continuous education and training (CET) landscape for the community and raise standards to the next level by providing comprehensive education and training needs tailored for shippers.
Mr. Chong Lit Cheong, CEO of IE Singapore, said: “A top concern of Singapore companies with overseas business dealings is not to be bogged down by trade processes. They desire to be efficient when they look for growth opportunities and are conscious of the need to maintain business sustainability. They can now obtain the comprehensive import and export training they need from the Shippers’ Academy.”
A comprehensive academy
Mr. Ng Kok Lip, Chairman of the SA, explained: “The concept for the Shippers’ Academy was first mooted in 2006, and we were cautious in deciding on the mode of operation and funding, and thorough in selecting course partners and formalising course content. This is to ensure that the academy kick-starts as a trustworthy continuous education and training institution. We have started the first phase of our professional development courses and are looking at having all core programmes fully developed by 2012.”
Distinguished partners on board
The SA has already partnered established overseas institutions - such as the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, the Cambridge Academy of Transport, and the Freight Transport Association - to offer joint courses.
The academy will also be developing its own certification programmes with distinguished partners like Edexcel (part of Pearson Education) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Their involvement will spur the SA on to develop courses of international standards. In particular, Edexcel, the leading global qualifications body behind academic qualifications like GCEs (A levels), GCSEs and IGCSEs, will be working with the SA to have all the courses on offer certified. The MOUs will be signed with all the partners at the launch ceremony today.
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Courses at the SA are related to international trade and trade facilitation; export promotion and international business; trade finance and insurance; maritime and shipping; transport, logistics and supply chain management; international environment and trade laws; and SME development. The academy will also hold seminars and conferences on current pertinent industry topics.
For more information, please visit www.shippersacademy.com.sg.
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Address and contact at the SA:
Grace Ng, CEO, Singapore Shippers' Academy
51 Cuppage Road, #10-13 Starhub Centre, Singapore 229469
Tel: (65) 6838 0626
Fax: (65) 6732 4716
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