by Esther Faith Lew | October 11, 2016

Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) leads the way in raising the standards of future young professionals in the MICE industry. 

Its partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will familiarise SIT students with the business and operational aspects of the industry and assist them in placement opportunities for SIT's integrated Work Study Programme. In addition to educational talks chaired by senior members of SACEOS for the students, the MOU will also facilitate an executive development programme that will greatly enhance the talent search in the industry. 

Said Janet Tan-Collis, president of SACEOS: "SACEOS is the centre of learning for all MICE and events professionals in Singapore. In fact, we are the only association in Asia that is able to provide internationally recognised accreditation…We are thrilled to be partnering for the first time with a university focusing strongly on providing first-class education to future MICE leaders." She also elaborated that SIT graduates have proven to possess a better grasp of the sophisticated nature of the industry, as well as the attitude and aptitude to excel in the environment.

SIT offers applied degree programmes aimed at growth sectors of the economy, and it adopts an innovative education approach that integrates learning, industry and community experience, with a focus on educating graduates who possess a holistic blend of EQ, IQ, personality traits and the right mindsets.

Prof Loh Han Tong, deputy president (Academic) and provost of SIT elaborated: "In our curriculums, we first consult the relevant industry to ensure that our courses are structured to meet practical demands. Furthermore, in our selection process, we ensure that students are chosen not just based on grades. They go through two rounds of interviews; the first with faculty members and the second with faculty and industry members. 

"We adopt a holistic approach to ensure that we pick the best candidates in whom we cultivate what we call the SIT DNA with four distinctive traits: the ability to be thinking tinkerers; to learn, unlearn and relearn; to be catalysts for transformation; and to  become grounded in the community."

The MOU was signed on October 15 by Prof Loh and Tan-Collis at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre of Marina Bay Sands.