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Singapore Pushes for Greater GIS Collaboration
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Focus: Information Access, Government Portal, Citizens’ Service Delivery, E-Government
Country: Singapore
Created: Nov 13, 2012

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) signed an agreement yesterday that will push for greater collaboration on geospatial education, training and research and development. The partnership will enable both organisations to tap into each other’s expertise and resources in promoting the use of GIS in Singapore.

As part of the agreement, SLA will also be awarding a SLA Geospatial Scholarship annually starting next year up to 2015 to deserving final year students in the Geospatial and Mobile Innovation specialization track under the Diploma in Information Technology Programme in NYP’s School of Information Technology (SIT).

Furthermore, recipients of the scholarship will also have priority placement to complete their polytechnic industrial placement with the Geospatial Division in SLA.

According to Mr Lai Poh Hing, Director of NYP’s SIT, the partnership with SLA will create interest and raise awareness for GIS among students.

“The scholarship programme, in particular, will provide the recipients with opportunities to develop their full potential to venture into the geospatial industry,” he said.

Meanwhile Mr Ng Siau Yong, Director of GeoSpatial Division, SLA, said that the partnership is crucial for Singapore to truly realise a spatially-enabled society.

“We hope to groom geospatial professionals through this scholarship to support the geospatial industry growth in Singapore. This will allow Singapore to become an increasingly connected first world city supported by a vibrant geospatial ecosystem,” he said.
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