Singapore, 31 July 2012 - The BCA Academy, together with the University of Nottingham, announced their first batch of 34 graduates today from their Master of Science programme in Sustainable Building Design.
"This is a milestone achievement in the green training framework put together by the BCA Academy to build a green collar workforce of 20,000 by 2020," said Dr. John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority. "With the strong support from the University of Nottingham and the industry, we have managed to groom our first batch of senior local green collar professionals, at a postgraduate level, to anchor our green building movement in Singapore and the region."
The two-year part-time postgraduate programme provides professional development and progression for top tier green building professionals and specialists. It was taught by academic staff from the University of Nottingham and supported by local professionals and experts.
The programme also provides crucial support to groom a pool of globally competitive green collar professionals in Singapore by imparting world class technology and cost-effective solutions to promote the sustainability agenda and to capture its economic benefits.
The cohort, which started their Master programme in 2009, enjoyed a 90% course fee subsidy from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the "Professional Conversion Programme for Sustainable Design Consultants" scheme.
Modules in the programme such as Environmental Design Strategies, Tall Buildings, Urban Design, Climate and the Environment and Renewable Energy Design touch on real and relevant issues that the graduates will encounter in the course of their careers.
"The programme encourages creative approaches to developing green building design solutions and places particular emphasis on the Singapore context and climatic conditions," said Professor Timothy Heath, University of Nottingham's Associate Dean for Internationalisation and External Relations and Chair in Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering.
The programme thrived on its accessibility to multidisciplinary students with backgrounds in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Project Management.
Said Ms. Rita Soh, Director of RDC Architects Pte. Ltd., and a graduate of the programme, "The multi-disciplinary participation in this Master programme offered unique opportunities for collaborative efforts and peer learning, especially through the many group projects undertaken throughout the course."
"This learning environment reinforces the integrative and interactive approach to design and development, and is very much a reflection of actual situations in our building industry," continues Ms. Soh who is also the President of the Board of Architects, Singapore.
Five graduates emerged top of their cohort with distinctions. Each of these graduates holds important positions within the building industry from directorships to academic posts.
The programme emphasised a comprehensive experience that allows students to experience all facets of building sustainable structures from design to completion.
"The well-balanced course content helped me recognise and understand the multi-dimensional issues surrounding green building design and how various mitigation and adaptation strategies could be used to enhance its sustainability," commented Mr. Terence Tan Tee Teng, Director of Integrated Building Services, Johnson Controls (S) Pte. Ltd., one of the five distinction graduates.
"The programme has allowed me to consolidate my understanding of sustainable building design in a systematic manner. In particular, the dissertation process helped me appreciate the relevance of adopting an integrative design approach to sustainable building design," added distinction graduate, Mr. Tan Shao Yen, Executive Vice President (Architecture Group) of CPG Consultants Pte. Ltd.
Five Distinction Graduates
Ms. Chan Shuit Fun, Carrie
TY Lin International Pte Ltd
Ms. Siu Yee May, May
Senior Lecturer, BCA Academy
Building and Construction Authority
Tan Shao Yen
Executive Vice President (Architecture Group)
CPG Consultants Pte. Ltd.
Tan Tee Teng, Terence
Director, Integrated Building Services
Johnson Controls (S) Pte. Ltd.
Ms. Yim Onn Ee, Annie
Senior Design Manager
The Ascott Limited
Speech - Address by BCA CEO Dr. John Keung at the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Master of Science in Sustainable Building Design at Marina Mandarin Singapore
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