PSA and SIT sign MOU to strengthen systems engineering expertise

Collaboration to build knowledge in advanced port technologies and developing manpower for engineering and infocomm technology disciplines

PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on strengthening Systems Engineering expertise and knowledge for PSA Engineering and Infocomm Technology (ICT) employees, and for SIT students to gain exposure to automation and other advanced port technologies deployed in PSA.

SIT, through its continuing education unit, SITLEARN, will develop and deliver a 16-month part-time Systems Engineering training programme to equip PSA engineers and ICT professionals with the competencies to design, develop and maintain complex integrated systems which are vital for PSA’s new generation of ultra-modern and intelligent container terminals.

As part of the MOU, students and faculty from SIT will also be exposed to PSA’s inner workings, with specialists from PSA delivering guest lectures on port technology and operations. To enable synergies between academic and industrial research, PSA and SIT will also collaborate on applied research projects to explore solutions to business problems.

Alongside these, PSA will be offering scholarships to promising students and also provide Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) positions in selected Engineering and ICT Bachelor’s programmes. The IWSP will expose students to the dynamic and exciting port industry. Students will also have the opportunity to embark on capstone projects which will allow them to delve deeper into and offer solutions to various port business and technology problems.

Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, and witness to the signing ceremony, said, "As PSA continues its development of advanced port technologies for our present and future terminals, it is timely that we commit to this collaboration with SIT. By equipping PSA staff and SIT students with the knowledge and skill sets to handle and work with smart systems, we can ensure that they are ready for future challenges and help propel the Singapore port to the next level of excellence and productivity."

"The MOU marks our commitment in developing talents for the maritime industry and has further cemented the symbiotic relationship we have with PSA. Through the various collaborative platforms, SIT students will benefit from learning opportunities in PSA and develop skills of adaptability and innovation that will allow them to navigate in the fast-changing economy," said Professor Loh Han Tong, Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, SIT.

Pictured from left to right: Professor Loh Han Tong, Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, SIT;  Professor Ho Yew Kee, Associate Provost (SkillsFuture & Staff Development), SIT; Mr Ng Kok Cheong, Head of Human Resource, PSA Corporation; and Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO, Southeast Asia, PSA International.



About PSA Corporation Limited (PSA)

PSA Singapore, a fully-owned subsidiary of PSA International, operates the world’s largest container transhipment hub in Singapore, linking shippers to an excellent network of major shipping lines with connections to 600 ports globally. Shippers have access to daily sailings to every major port in the world at this mega hub. Its excellence in port operations has consistently been recognised by the shipping community. In 2016, it was voted the "Best Container Terminal (Asia)" at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. PSA Singapore Terminals handled 30.59 million TEUs of containers in 2016. Visit us at www.singaporepsa.com and www.facebook.com/singaporepsa.

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. SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. As a new university, SIT offers its own applied degree programmes with a unique pedagogy that integrates work and study. It also offers specialised degree programmes in partnership with world-class universities. To find out more about SIT, visit singaporetech.edu.sg.