7. The Spex Education Scheme is designed to provide student athletes sufficient flexibility to enable them to pursue their chosen sport while maintaining a certain academic rigor. It also allows them to leverage on their sporting achievements to gain admission into Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and be merited for their dedication to their sport.
8. Six Institutes of Higher Learning have come onboard as Education partners, which will benefit Team Singapore athletes pursuing their studies with them. The IHLs are Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Republic Polytechnic (RP), ITE College East, ITE College Central and ITE College West.
9. "Our young athletes and their parents are sometimes in a position where they have to make a choice between pursuing sporting and educational aspirations. It should not be an either or situation. Our athletes have been able to benefit from the best of both worlds," said Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, SSC. "Our IHL partners today have shown that flexible arrangements can be made to give athletes complete support to achieve in their sporting and educational fronts. I hope to see one day that all our IHLs in Singapore will come onboard to support our athletes."
10. "Nanyang Technological University's mission is to nurture creative and entrepreneurial leaders through a broad education in diverse disciplines," said Prof Kam Chan Hin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, President's Office in NTU. "Integral to its holistic approach in education, the University believes in being a pillar of support to its student-athletes, providing opportunities and a conducive environment for student-athletes to train, compete and excel in the sporting arena."
11. National canoeist Suzanne Seah is currently an undergraduate at NTU and she said, "When you get this kind of support from your school, we can put in 100% for both sports and academics instead of compromising on one. Our time can now be fully devoted to train and rest as well as study, do assignments and attend school."
12. The Spex Education and Career Schemes are extended to all carded national athletes. However, partner employers and IHLs are welcome to extend these flexible practices to other athletes working or enrolled with them. It will be managed by the Athlete Services Department from the Singapore Sports Institute - the nation's premier institute for the development of high performance sports and nurturing of elite athletes.
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