Philips and SIT in an industry first joint collaboration to train next-generation radiographers at the Philips APAC Centre
- The collaboration marks the first with an educational institution in Singapore which enables students to access the latest innovations at the Philips APAC Centre
- Philips and SIT have signed an agreement to equip radiography students with a hands-on learning experience of the latest in Philips’ health technology
- The agreement extends Philips’ commitment to train and upskill healthcare professionals in the region
Singapore – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore’s university of applied learning, today announced that they are collaborating to provide the next generation of radiographers with hands-on learning experience of the latest in diagnostic and imaging technology. This is a first for university students to be trained in health technology facility. Previously, students had to do their practical in hospitals and healthcare organisations but with this collaboration, it releases hospitals’ valuable resources as students will now do their practical at the Philips APAC Centre.
As part of the agreement, students from SIT’s Bachelor of Science with Honours in Diagnostic Radiography will be granted access to Philips’ technology in its APAC training facilities in Singapore which include its Learning Centre, Learning Academy and Health Continuum Space. This extends the purview of Philips’ APAC Learning Academy, which regularly holds training workshops to upskill existing healthcare professionals in innovative health technology, to ensuring students who intend to enter the workforce possess future-ready skills.
With an ageing population and increased prevalence of chronic diseases, there is a growing emphasis on early diagnosis. As such, Asia Pacific is expected to see an increased demand for imaging services. Coupled with the shortage of medical talent, there is a need to ensure incoming radiographers have access to the latest technology, up-to-date technical knowledge and integrated solutions in their training.
“We recognise the need for specialised training in diagnostic radiology for radiography students in Singapore and the region, so that they are proficient in the latest procedures and technologies to enable first-time right diagnosis and better health outcomes. To meet this need, we are working together with industry partners on various initiatives to extend knowledge-sharing to the next generation of radiographers,” said Ivy Lai, Country Manager, Philips Singapore. “Leveraging our strengths in health technology, we hope to share our experience and empower students with the tools to cultivate a curious mindset and learning culture where they can improve innovations of the future.”
“Medical imaging is very much technology-reliant that involves the use of sophisticated equipment and techniques. Strategic collaborations with health technology companies like Philips provide our students with an environment for industry-relevant learning and development,” added Associate Professor Luis Lanca, Programme Director, SIT. “As we look towards integrating learning, industry and community into our applied learning curriculum, we will continue to explore new ways of innovative learning, to enhance our students’ training and education as they prepare to enter the workforce.”
About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.
News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.
About Singapore Institute of Technology
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community as part of its unique pedagogy. Partnering world-class universities, SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. SIT also aims to cultivate in its students four distinctive traits, or the SIT-DNA, which will prepare them to be ‘thinking tinkerers’, who are ‘able to learn, unlearn and relearn’, be ‘catalysts for transformation’ who are ‘grounded in the community’.
Established in 2009, SIT currently has six distributed campuses, with its main campus in SIT@Dover. SIT became an autonomous university in 2014 and is expected to move to its new centralised campus in Punggol in 2023. The future campus will be part of the Punggol Digital District, and will feature a Campus Boulevard, which will connect residents to the waterfront and Coney Island.
For more information, visit www.SingaporeTech.edu.sg.