Management Development Institute of Singapore

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Management Development Institute of Singapore
Motto Where lifelong learning begins
Type Private
Established 1956
President Dr. Eric Kuan Choon Hock
Location 501 Stirling Road, Singapore
Campus MDIS Campus & MDIS Dhoby Ghaut
Website www.mdis.edu.sg

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning.

MDIS provides programmes in Business and Management, Engineering, Fashion Design, Information Technology, Health and Life Sciences, Mass Communications, Psychology and Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. They are offered in collaboration with universities in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. MDIS provides preparatory courses for GCE "O" and "A" level examinations, via its subsidiary - MDIS College.

History[edit]

1955: A group of personnel managers got together to discuss industrial relations problems. The coming-together sparked off the formation of the Supervisory and Management Training Association of Singapore (SAMTAS).

Understanding that supervisors were probably the best people to identify and solve any labour problems, training was catered primarily to these supervisors on aspects from job relations to industrial safety. Certified courses, seminars, lectures, film shows and excursions were organised. The inaugural meeting was held on 29 November 1955 where Mr Loke Wan Tho was named its first President. In April 1956, SAMTAS was formalised.[1]

1963: SAMTAS pioneered the Training-Within-Industries (TWI) courses in Singapore. In line with the Singapore government's plans to promote industrialisation in the country, these were courses on supervisory skills initiated by the then Ministry of Labour.

1984: The plan to upgrade SAMTAS' status to that of a professional institute was initiated in 1982. The change of name from SAMTAS to MDIS, or the Management Development Institute of Singapore, was made official on 8 February 1984. The purpose of this move was to give a more professional image and to upgrade the individual membership by allowing the use of designatory letters.

SAMTAS, and then MDIS, is the oldest professional institute in Singapore today.

MDIS has collaborated with universities in the UK, the USA and Australia to offer certified courses. Besides its certified courses from Certificate to Master's level, MDIS conducts seminars, in-house training and consultancy services and offers membership services and privileges.

1995 to 2007: An International Affairs Department was set up in 1998 to handle the affairs of foreign students studying with MDIS. In March 2001, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Singapore announced that MDIS is a recognised educational institute in China. To date, MDIS has helped almost 3,000 foreign students attain academic qualifications through its courses.

MDIS was accorded charity status on 23 August 1996 under the Charities Registration Act, 1994. On 19 November 1997, MDIS was awarded the ISO 9001 certification. On 7 November 2000, MDIS received the People Developer Standard certification. The MDIS Education Trust Fund received its Institution of a Public Character and Charity status in 2002. In 2003, MDIS was among the first seven education institutes to receive the Singapore Quality Class award for Private Education Organisations(PEOs).[2]

Community projects that MDIS is involved in includes:

  • Scholarships and bursaries to four self-help groups (Yayasan MENDAKI, CDAC, SINDA and The Eurasian Association), NTUC, SAFRA, CDANS and SPANS, and students from the secondary schools, junior colleges, ITEs and Polytechnics have been given out yearly since 1996. From the year 2001, together with the support from donors like university partners and other organisations, about a quarter of a million dollars were presented each year.
  • In 1999, MDIS collaborated with the drama and dance faculty of the Oklahoma City University to present the American Spirit Dance Company's performance from 23 to 25 April, and the Charity Gala Dinner. A total of $272,000 was raised in aid of the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and the MDIS Education Trust Fund.
  • In 2001, MDIS worked jointly with the ITE to collect cans in aid of the Community Chest and ITE. The "I Can Do It", project brought in almost 450,000 cans and a total of about $120,000.[3]

2008 to the present: MDIS set up it first overseas campus in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, built in 2008 at a cost of US$20 million. It was announced on 28 June 2010 that MDIS would be setting up an S$130 million overseas 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus in Iskandar Malaysia which is expected to start work at the end of 2011.[4] MDIS Malaysia is expected to be five times as big as the MDIS Campus in Singapore.

University partners[edit]

MDIS has affiliations with 30 other universities around the world.[5]

Campuses[edit]

MDIS has two campuses in Singapore: MDIS Campus at Stirling Road and MDIS Dhoby Ghaut at Orchard Road.

MDIS Campus[edit]

The S$35 million MDIS Campus at Stirling Road occupies a three-hectare land area. It has classrooms, life sciences and computer laboratories, a hospitality training centre, a mass communications studio, engineering laboratory and workshops, as well as a fashion studio. The campus has an amphitheatre to house art performances and other events, as well as sports facilities such as a gymnasium and badminton courts.

The campus is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing students access to the World Wide Web anywhere on campus. In addition, MDIS enhances students’ learning experience with the Blackboard Learning System and Video Streaming Technology which allow online access to lecture notes, learning resources and recorded lessons anytime, anywhere.

Facilities

Amphitheatre
Auditorium
Blackboard Learning System
Badminton courts
Bookshop (Brainwaves)
Cafeteria
Classrooms
Computer laboratories
Convenience store
Dance studio
Engineering laboratory and workshops
Fashion studio
Food Court
Gymnasium (Energy HUB)
Hospitality training centre (Tropical Breeze)
On-campus hostel
Lecture theatres
Life sciences laboratories
Library (Resource HUB)
Mass Communications studio (Media HUB)
Multi-purpose hall (SAMTAS HALL)
Student communal area
Video streaming technology
Wi-Fi enabled campus

MDIS Dhoby Ghaut[edit]

At Orchard Road, near Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, it is a location of convenience for part-time students attending classes after work.

Faculties[edit]

MDIS offers academic programmes in eight main disciplines:

MDIS Business School[edit]

The MDIS Business School (MBS) is the largest and most established school within the Management Development Institute of Singapore.

MBS offers business programmes ranging from professional certificates to doctoral degrees, from its five university partners: namely: Bangor University (UK), Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France), Southern Cross University (Australia), the University of Sunderland (UK) and the University of Bradford (UK).

The key academic programmes offered in MBS include business management, marketing, international business, accounting, banking and finance. MBS organises seminars, industry talks, company visits and networking opportunities, available even to alumni.

Doctorate

  • Doctor of Business Administration - awarded by Southern Cross University, (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G

Masters

  • Master of Business Administration – awarded by the University of Sunderland (UK)
  • Master of Business Administration – awarded by Southern Cross University (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G
  • Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance – awarded by Bangor University (UK)
  • Master of Business Administration in International Marketing – awarded by Bangor University (UK)
  • Master in International Business - awarded by Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France)
  • Master of Science in Finance – awarded by Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France)
  • Master of Business Administration – awarded by the University of Bradford (UK)

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marketing - awarded by the University of Bradford (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business and Management Studies - awarded by the University of Bradford (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Business and Management - awarded by the University of Bradford (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Accounting and Finance - awarded by the University of Bradford (UK)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Top-up) - Awarded by Southern Cross University (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Banking and Finance - awarded by Bangor University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business Studies and Finance - awarded by Bangor University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business and Marketing (Top-up) - awarded by the University of Sunderland (UK)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Top-up) - awarded by the University of Sunderland (UK)

Graduate Diploma

  • Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management – awarded by MDIS
  • Graduate Diploma in Business and Finance – awarded by MDIS

Advanced Diploma

  • Advanced Diploma in Business Management - awarded by MDIS
  • Advanced Diploma in Business Administration (International Business) - awarded by MDIS

Diploma

  • Diploma in Business Management - awarded by MDIS
  • Diploma in Business Administration (International Business) - awarded by MDIS
  • Diploma in Marketing - awarded by MDIS
  • Diploma in Accounting - awarded by MDIS

Certificate

  • Professional Certificate in Business Management - Awarded by MDIS.

School of Engineering[edit]

The school offers programmes in electrical and electronic, mechanical and product design engineering, and project management. They are offered in partnership with Northumbria University (UK). The university is ranked 44th in the University Subject Tables for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and 43rd in the University Subject Tables for Mechanical Engineering by the Complete University Guide 2015 respectively.

The engineering programmes at MDIS prepare its graduates for careers in all facets of engineering, ranging from R&D, product design to development and manufacturing.

MDIS offers a progression path for engineering students. From a Diploma in Engineering, students progress to the undergraduate degree programmes and the postgraduate degree programmes.

Students use the school’s engineering workshops and laboratories that are equipped with electronic development kits, measurement and instrumentation devices, microprocessors, control systems, engineering software, and apparatus and machines in the areas of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and manufacturing.

Industry visits, seminars and workshops are organised.

Masters

  • Master of Science Engineering Management – awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Master of Science Project Management – awarded by Northumbria University (UK)

Degree

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronic Design Engineering (Top-up) - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical Design Engineering (Top-up) - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering - awarded by University of Bradford, Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Product Design Engineering - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)

Diploma

  • Diploma in Engineering - awarded by MDIS

School of Fashion and Design[edit]

The School of Fashion and Design was established to train students in fashion design, marketing and branding. MDIS partners Nottingham Trent University (UK) to offer specialised undergraduate programmes.

Nottingham Trent University is accredited by the Privy Council and recognised as one of the top ten Post-92 universities for student experience in England and Wales; and has an excellent graduate employment rate with 91% of its graduates in employment or further study within six months. The university is ranked 10th in The Guardian University Guide 2015: League Table for Fashion and Textiles, and ranked 27th in The Complete University Guide 2015: University Subject Tables for Art and Design.

Students in the School of Fashion and Design undergo a 100% coursework curriculum based on project and studio practice to be familiarised with real-world assignments. They collaborate with local and global brands, and participate in fashion shows such as Singapore Fashion Week, Jakarta Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week in Malaysia.

Students have an in-campus Fashion Studio.

Graduates find career opportunities ranging from designing, manufacturing, retailing, marketing, to branding and media.

Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Design - awarded by Nottingham Trent University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Marketing and Branding - awarded by Nottingham Trent University (UK)

Diploma

  • Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing - awarded by MDIS
  • Diploma in Fashion Marketing and Communication - awarded by MDIS

School of Health and Life Sciences[edit]

The MDIS School of Health and Life Sciences was the first of its kind among private education institutions in Singapore.

The school’s programmes are offered in partnership with Northumbria University (UK).

Northumbria University (UK) is ranked 36th in The Guardian University Guide 2014: League Table for Biosciences.

Students gain practical experience in the school’s laboratories and work on commercial research projects. The school has implemented the Occupational Health and Safety Management system and the laboratories are OHSAS 18001:2007-certified, another first among private educational laboratories in Singapore.

With specialisations in biomedical sciences, biotechnology and health sciences (management), graduates can pursue careers in research and in clinical laboratories, as well as in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, biologics, biotechnological and healthcare industries.

The school prepares students for employment by developing transferable skills, including: self-management and reflective practice, independence, communication, IT, numeracy, data analysis, interpersonal and teamwork, alongside current issues within the taught programme.

Masters

  • Master of Science in Biotechnology - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences (Management) - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)

Diploma

  • Diploma in Biomedical Sciences - awarded by MDIS

School of Media and Communications[edit]

The MDIS School of Media and Communications is a pioneer in the mass communications programme field in Singapore. It is the first institution in Singapore to offer mass communications programmes from an American university - Oklahoma City University (OCU).

The OCU mass communications degree programme is taught by OCU faculty in Singapore. MDIS has TV and radio studios as well as audio and video editing suites.

It is the first PEI (Private Education Institution) to have such facilities for practical training. They are trained in skills such as handling radio and television equipment, content producing, directing, scripting and video editing, and television and radio presenting.

Students can join the Media and Communications Club, where they run their own campus radio and TV station and polish their journalistic skills.

Students from the school are active in the area of internship attachments.

Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts (in Liberal Studies with concentration in Mass Communications) - awarded by Oklahoma City University (USA)

Advanced Diploma

  • Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications - awarded by MDIS and validated by Oklahoma City University (USA)

Diploma

  • Diploma in Mass Communications - awarded by MDIS and validated by Oklahoma City University (USA)

Certificate

  • Professional Certificate in Marketing and Communications Management - awarded by MDIS and validated by Oklahoma City University (USA)

School of Psychology[edit]

The MDIS School of Psychology partners with Oklahoma City University (USA).

Oklahoma City University is ranked Top 25 in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Best Regional Universities (West). It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a recognition criteria used by the United States Government.

MDIS offers a progression pathway from a Foundation Certificate to a bachelor's degree, in Counselling and Psychology. Industry visits to children’s and elderly homes and, heritage galleries and charity centres are organised.

The school augments the development of professionals in psychology with a Learning Lab and counselling room.

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (in Behavioral Studies with concentration in Psychology) - awarded by Oklahoma City University (USA)

Advanced Diploma

  • Advanced Diploma in Psychology - awarded by MDIS

Diploma

  • Diploma in Psychology - awarded by MDIS

Diploma in Counselling – awarded by MDIS

Certificate

  • Foundation Certificate in Psychology - awarded by MDIS

School of Technology and E-Learning[edit]

The MDIS School of Technology and E-Learning (STEL) helps students who wish to study Information Technology (IT) gain an education in the industry by providing programmes from a diploma to a master's degree.

The postgraduate and undergraduate programmes are awarded by UK universities, such as the University of South Wales, University of the West of England and Northumbria University.

The school offers programmes in Computer and Network Technology, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Information Technology, Digital Media and Business IT.

STEL students were the first to embark on the MDIS Blackboard Learning Management System – an e-learning and community platform, where students can access lecturers’ notes, correspond with their lecturers, participate in online discussions and view video-recorded classes for revision purposes.

The school is a member of the student chapter of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) and a member of the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF).

Masters

  • Master of Science in Computer Forensics - awarded by the University of South Wales (UK)
  • Master of Science in Computing and Information Systems - awarded by the University of South Wales (UK)

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Computer Security - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Computer and Network Technology - awarded by Northumbria University (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Digital Media - awarded by the University of the West of England (UK)

Advanced Diploma

  • Advanced Diploma in Information Technology - awarded by MDIS

Diploma

  • Diploma in Information Technology - awarded by MDIS

School of Tourism & Hospitality[edit]

The MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) partners the University of Sunderland (UK) and the Southern Cross University (Australia). It offers programmes in tourism, hospitality and events management.

MDIS has invested in a hospitality training centre called Tropical Breeze to equip students with the knowledge to work in the various industries. Occupying a floor area of 1,400 square feet, Tropical Breeze offers students the opportunity to learn and practise front office, service and hospitality operations with the Opera Fidelio Property Management System, bar counter facilities and a mock-up guest room.

Part of practical training happens at the institution-owned café, Brew & Bites, managed by the students.

Students are required to complete a 6-month internship at leading hotels, resorts, and attractions locally or overseas, as part of the curriculum, to gain a real-world understanding of the complexities and demands in the hospitality sector.

Masters

  • Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management - awarded by Southern Cross University (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G
  • Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality – awarded by the University of Sunderland (UK)

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-up) - awarded by University of Sunderland (UK)
  • Bachelor of Business in International Hospitality Management - awarded by Southern Cross University (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G
  • Bachelor of Business in Convention and Management - awarded by Southern Cross University (Australia), CRICOS Provider: 01241G

Specialist/Advanced Diploma

  • Specialist Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management - awarded by MDIS
  • Advanced Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management - awarded by MDIS

Diploma

  • Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management - awarded by MDIS

MDIS College[edit]

MDIS College, an established private school in Singapore that offers Preparatory Courses for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) and (Advanced Level) Examination Programmes, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). MDIS College is also registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE).

They are located at level 4 of the MDIS Residence building (within the same campus as MDIS)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mdis.edu.sg/mdis-heritage '- MDIS Heritage: 1956 SAMTAS Formed
  2. ^ http://www.mdis.edu.sg/about-mdis/why-study-at-mdis' - Singapore Quality Class award for Private Education Organisations(PEOs)
  3. ^ https://www.ite.edu.sg/about_ite/TQW_Archived_Issues/Tqw_59/59_p16.html'- ITE Archives: How Far Can the ‘Can Do’ Spirit Go?
  4. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1066231/1/.html '- Channel NewsAsia: MDIS sets up second overseas campus in Iskandar Malaysia
  5. ^ http://www.mdis.edu.sg/university-partners/affiliations' - MDIS University Affiliations