Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has launched a new teaching model that fundamentally reimagines what a poly education is. It moves away from teaching subjects. Instead, the NYP Professional Competency Model (NYP-PCM) is structured around the competencies for the workplace.
Co-created with industry leaders, the NYP-PCM is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore. It was first introduced in NYP's Diploma in Business Intelligence & Analytics (DBA) for the Academic Year (AY) 2021 intake. It will be applied to our new Diploma in AI & Data Engineering (DADE) and Diploma in Game Development & Technology (DGDT) from AY 2022 onwards. Find out what's in it for you.
The new teaching model enables multiple disciplines to be integrated and taught concurrently in what we call a “Competency Unit” (CmU) so that learning is more effective with a just-in-time approach.
This model is agile as new CmUs can be added in response to technological advancements and industry needs. When industry needs change, the CmUs can also be adapted accordingly.
A key differentiator of the PCM is the contribution of proprietary material from top companies, and having industry practitioners co-teaching some of the CmUs alongside NYP’s lecturers.
Students under this model will graduate with additional industry certifications that can help kickstart their career. This will ensure that our graduates will be able to stay abreast of new changes and be ahead of the curve.
What Our Industry Partners Say?
"Over the past 40 years, Singapore has been able to raise its education level from one similar to that of many developing countries to match the best in the worldwide stage of education and re-skilling. In this aspect, Google Cloud is glad to partner with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) in their latest innovative approach to teaching and learning through the Professional Competency Model (PCM). By focusing on an AI-first learning curriculum and training environment to be jointly developed, we believe that both NYP and Google Cloud will be well-placed to recharge the workforce of tomorrow and to allow our talents to find a strong footing in jobs available in Singapore and across the globe."
Head of Education - International, Google Cloud
"As employer organisations continue to accelerate their digital transformation, the skills that they require of their workforce have also evolved. In addition to on-the-job reskilling, there is definitely an opportunity for educators to better prepare for new generations of workforce with futureproofed skills. One such example is the NYP-PCM, which Microsoft is excited to support with access to our student and educator learning resources, training and certification. By working with their faculty to integrate these into the Competency Units, we hope that the graduating cohorts will enter the workforce ready to contribute to their employers and economy."
Ng Puay San
Education and Skills Lead, Microsoft Singapore
"Oracle Academy is delighted to support Nanyang Polytechnic’s curriculum innovations in their Information Technology school. This programme gives students the opportunity to acquire industry-standard and in-demand competencies and practices as they learn, forming an excellent foundation for their development when they enter the workforce. The curriculum assets offered via the Oracle Academy Cloud Program provide an opportunity to help prepare the next generation of IT tech leaders who are not only conversant in technology but understand the business practices of the working world."
Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Oracle Academy
"We’ve co-built competency development elements in the course, and our SAS subject matter experts will be co-teaching alongside NYP academics. Students will graduate with a joint certificate in “Predictive Analytics in Data Science” certifying them as having met the standards and expectations of our programme credential. Students can expect to find this Programme highly enriching. Beyond establishing a strong foundation for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, students contemplate & be an active part of the revolution that is Data Science, yet be sensitive to matters concerning ethical AI and safe intelligence. This is a well-rounded Programme I endorse."
Director (Customer Advisory), SAS
"AI Singapore is excited to co-develop the Diploma in AI & Data Engineering with NYP. We are glad to partner with NYP to co-develop the comprehensive and practice-oriented curriculum. This will equip our learners with the necessary skills to become all-rounded AI professionals who can develop and deploy AI models, before leveraging data to solve real world engineering problems. We are confident that the diploma will sufficiently prepare learners to be competent AI practitioners in the industry, and that these graduates will support Singapore’s vision to be a leader in AI."
Director of AI Innovation, AI Singapore
"OMRON is glad to support NYP’s new Diploma in AI & Data Engineering with our industry insights to enhance the curriculum and ensure its industry relevance. Through co-development and co-teaching with industry partners, learners will acquire a diverse set of skills in Data, AI, Automation & Robotics and the Internet of Things. They will also be taught how these different skills are relevant to a range of industrial applications in engineering. We believe that graduates of this diploma course will strengthen Singapore’s transformation towards advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 enabled ‘Smart Factories’."
Lieu Yew Fatt
Managing Director, OMRON Electronics Pte Ltd
"We’re glad to collaborate with Nanyang Polytechnic and contribute to industry-relevant curriculum via NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute Ambassador Program, within the new and exciting Diploma in AI & Data Engineering. By bringing together practical applications of data and AI in an engineering course, learners will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply AI in the engineering domain. We believe that the highly practical PCM approach will help prepare learners for careers in Data Science and AI, or even cross-sectoral work within the engineering industry."
Director, Enterprise Business — Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA
"Data plays an essential role in powering analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions. It is also a key focus area for enterprises when they embark on, or enhance, digital transformation. We are glad to partner NYP on the Diploma in AI & Data Engineering, to equip learners with in-demand skills in data analytics and AI. This is also in line with Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to enable more enterprises to adopt AI solutions, and prepare learners to be industry-ready graduates skilled to meet the demands of the workforce."
Education – Asia Regional General Manager, Microsoft
"The Professional Competency Model adopted by NYP is responsive and well-adapted to our needs in AAA game development. To keep up with our multidisciplinary, highly collaborative and fast-evolving video game industry, students need a curriculum that is strong in the core fundamentals and goes beyond teaching skills. Creating blockbuster AAA games requires creativity, critical thinking and team work – big picture thinking that should be instilled in our next generation of talent as early as possible. We’re delighted to see that NYP has designed a model that closely reflects the way our competitive industry works and moves students toward building core competencies rather than rote learning subjects that can quickly become outdated. We remain committed to partnering with NYP to assist in shaping our future leaders and contributing back to the video games industry."
Managing Director, Ubisoft Singapore and Ubisoft Philippines
"NYP alongside with Unity have developed a Centre of Excellence with the vision of providing students a strong foundation in game development and game engine application. We are delighted to see that NYP has enhanced its teaching pedagogy with the Professional Competency Model, allowing students more time to apply academic learning into practical work. The experience would in time give students a better insights into the industry, providing them with the understanding and knowledge to enter the digital media industry."
Head of Business Development SAPAC, Unity Technologies