Nanyang Technological University and University of Manchester to launch new Project Management MSc in Singapore

Friday, 30 September 2011

The University of Manchester is to partner with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to offer an industry led MSc in Project Management, a qualification which was developed in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company.   

This will extend the global network of world class academic institutions offering the qualification and enable the development of specialist skills required by Singapore’s high tech aerospace industry.

The MSc in Project Management is currently delivered by the University of Manchester (UK) and Penn State University (USA).  The addition of NTU will create a truly global network of institutions offering this qualification, which emphasises professional development and allows students to study, while continuing to work and deliver projects.  NTU will begin admitting students for this MSc in 2012.  

Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director – South East Asia, said:  “Rolls-Royce is committed to Singapore and we are making significant investment in new, advanced manufacturing facilities.  This MSc will help to ensure that we have the world class skills we need. It will also help Singapore to capitalise on its outstanding skills base and to remain at the cutting edge of aerospace engineering.”

The establishment of this qualification is an important milestone in the expansion of    Rolls-Royce activities in Singapore.  It will help to ensure the right skill levels are developed to support the high value activities Rolls-Royce will undertake at its 154,000 square meter state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Campus in Seletar Aerospace Park.

President of NTU, Professor Bertil Andersson at NTU said: "NTU’s collaboration with Rolls-Royce to develop this unique project management programme is a recognition of the university’s strengths in engineering and innovation, and the expert knowledge that we can provide in the areas of project management, systems and aerospace engineering. We foresee that the MSc in Project Management will help fill a gap in the professional training required for Singapore’s high tech aerospace industry and among the first to benefit will be Rolls-Royce, its partners and associates in South East Asia.”

NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), has well established expertise in project management and runs the only Aerospace Degree Programme in Singapore, which was launched in 2005. It also has an on-going postgraduate programme in Systems and Project Management.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In February 2011, Rolls-Royce demonstrated the importance of Singapore and markets across Asia to the Group, with the opening of a new corporate office at Centennial Tower.
  6. The Rolls-Royce Seletar campus, which will include a regional training centre and an Advanced Technology Centre, is planned for completion in 2012, with a total investment that exceeds S$700m and create 500 new, highly skilled jobs.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. A research-intensive public university, NTU has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

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