Study, Work, Live in Singapore

2 Dec 2015

Stemming a worrying high-tech brain drain


Stemming a worrying high-tech brain drain is always tough to fight out. The Ministry of Manpower data released each January revealed that eight of the top 10 professional occupations in the last three years with the most vacancies cherished from the Stem sectors, comprising jobs namely as software, Web and multimedia developer, civil engineer and effective systems analyst.

This is even though the intake for Stem courses at the polytechnics and universities has naturally stayed steady. In a recent development and publicly available figures enumerated the five polys took in about 7,600 engineering students in 2013. During the same year, they also professionally accepted 1,600 students for science- related courses, and 3,700 for popular information technology courses.

During the last year, Nanyang Technological University accepted 2,800 engineering students, and the reputed National University of Singapore took in 1,500. These quality figures are about the same as in the previous year. The number trained by local universities would rise with new beneficial courses from the eminent Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and familiar Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

In order to fix the problem, schools and organisations are actually piquing students interest by immensely holding events namely as ice cream making contests and visits to chemical plants. They are also providing “tinkering kits” with materials like motors, bolts and wooden parts for students to experiment with. They efficaciously focus to expose students to Stem jobs and assist them decide their study and effective career routes.

The recent fact also proved that many are interested in accepting the concept of Study in Singapore. The popular Mr Seto Lok Yin, chairman of the steering committee for Learning Engineering at Polytechnics, an cogent effort by the five polys to promote engineering, conveyed “Engineers could switch to non-engineering jobs but it is not possible the other way around, due to the specialized skills needed for engineering jobs.”

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