ITE And Singapore Sports Council Forge New Collaboration

03 Sep 2013

MOU is SSC's first with an education institution in the organisation of Southeast Asian Games

Singapore, 3 September 2013
- Some 1,000 ITE students will have the chance to be part of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games - the region's multi-sport extravaganza - come 2015. To be hosted in Singapore, the Games will provide ITE students with the opportunity to gain real work experience and skills through industrial attachment and volunteering activities. These are made possible through a three-year Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Singapore Sports Council (SSC) today. This is also SSC's first collaboration with an education institution in the planning and execution of the SEA Games.

2. The collaboration spells rich opportunities for students and staff, to work together with SSC on sports development and events. Besides collaborating to develop courses leading to sports or fitness-related certifications, the partners will also promote national and international sporting events, as well as conferences. Students interested in sports will have opportunities in learning the ropes in managing sports events when they serve industrial attachments at SSC.
Benefitting from the Athlete-Friendly Education Scheme
3. Student athletes will also benefit from the collaboration through the Athlete-Friendly Education Scheme (AFES). The AFES will lend support to athletes in their educational pursuits while training for high-performance sports in national teams. From creating flexible arrangements and providing guidance and mentorship, the attention given to these athletes will help ensure that they are able to balance their commitment to high performance sports and studies.

4. On the partnership, Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE, expressed, "We are glad to be part of the Singapore Sports Council's drive towards promoting sports in Singapore. Sports has proven to be powerful in bonding the student community, and galvanising character development and leadership skills among students. Our Colleges are well-equipped to stage international sporting events. We also look forward to the possibility of playing host to regional sports events, should ITE be selected as a venue."

5. Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, SSC, said, "Today's MOU with ITE comes at a very opportune time, just as Singapore gears up to host the 28th SEA Games in 2015. Welcoming over 7,000 athletes and officials to Southeast Asia's largest multi sports extravaganza is a massive undertaking. It will involve many hands to ensure the success of the Games, and it is with this in mind that we are looking to join forces with as many partners and interest groups. Beyond the SEA Games, I am confident that our collaboration on different fronts will provide significant authentic learning opportunities for the students."


For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Shalini V
Institute of Technical Education
Tel: 6590 2048

Siti Nurhidayati
Senior Executive, Media Relations
Singapore Sports Council
Tel: 6500 5246

About ITE
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, was established as a post-secondary education institution in 1992 under the Ministry of Education. ITE is a principal provider of career and technical education and key developer of national occupational skills certification and standards to enhance Singapore's workforce competitiveness. Under its "One ITE System, Three Colleges" Model of Education and Governance, ITE has three Colleges, comprising ITE College Central, ITE College East and ITE College West. For more information, visit:
About Singapore Sports Council
The Singapore Sports Council aims to transform the nation through sport, by inspiring people and uniting communities. As the national sports agency, we work with a vast network of public-private-and people sector partners to create access, opportunities and capabilities for individuals to live better through sports. As detailed in the Vision 2030 Live Better Through Sports recommendations, our mandate goes beyond driving participation and winning medals. At SSC, we use sport to create resilient, tenacious people, an appreciation for teamwork, a commitment to purpose, strong united communities and national pride.

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