The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), an autonomous university of Singapore that is continually providing inclusive lifelong learning and applied education opportunities with a strong social emphasis, celebrated our 14th anniversary on 25 April 2019. The anniversary celebration was graced by the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who in his speech to the staff praised SUSS’ strengths in offering flexibility in course structures, creating clusters of modules that meet industry needs, having lecturers from the industry come in to teach courses, and being on the “cutting edge” by recognising workplace learning and accrediting it. Minister for Education Mr. Ong Ye Kung also attended the celebration.
Another milestone achieved for the university is having the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) integrated into SUSS as an autonomous institute. IAL was established in 2008 and focuses on i) training as well as continuing professional development and professionalisation of adult educators; ii) conducting research into workforce development and lifelong learning; and iii) driving innovative practices in Continuing Education and Training (CET).
This SUSS-IAL integration has strengthened SUSS’ position as a university that champions lifelong learning, offering a wide range of CET courses and multiple pathways for skills upgrading. With this move, SUSS will also take the lead in studying and advancing the field of adult learning. The collaboration will make SUSS a powerful vanguard in our nation’s journey to help its citizens develop a culture of lifelong learning.