PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for SIT students to train in automation and other advanced port technologies deployed in PSA.
The initiative also aims to strengthen Systems Engineering expertise and knowledge for PSA Engineering and Infocomm Technology (ICT) employees.
PSA operates container terminals in Singapore with a total of 58 berths and a handling capacity of 40 million TEUs yearly at its container terminals in Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Brani and Pasir Panjang.
SIT will contribute through its continuing education unit SITLEARN to develop and deliver a 16-month part-time Systems Engineering training programme to equip PSA engineers and ICT professionals with the competencies to design, develop and maintain complex integrated systems which are vital for PSA’s new generation of ultra-modern and intelligent container terminals.
Professor Loh Han Tong, Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, SIT, said: “The MOU marks our commitment in developing talents for the maritime industry and has further cemented the symbiotic relationship we have with PSA.
“Through the various collaborative platforms, SIT students will benefit from learning opportunities in PSA and develop skills of adaptability and innovation that will allow them to navigate in the fast-changing economy.”
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As part of the MOU, students and faculty from SIT will gain insight to PSA’s inner workings, with specialists from PSA delivering guest lectures on port technology and operations. To enable synergies between academic and industrial research, PSA and SIT will also collaborate on applied research projects to explore solutions to business problems.
Alongside these, PSA will be offering scholarships to students and also provide Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) positions in selected Engineering and ICT Bachelor’s programmes.
Students will also have the opportunity to embark on capstone projects which will allow them to delve deeper into and offer solutions to various port business and technology problems.
Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said: “As PSA continues its development of advanced port technologies for our present and future terminals, it is timely that we commit to this collaboration with SIT.
“By equipping PSA staff and SIT students with the knowledge and skill sets to handle and work with smart systems, we can ensure that they are ready for future challenges and help propel the Singapore port to the next level of excellence and productivity.”
Last year (2016), PSA together with the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) inaugurated the ‘PSA Living Lab’, a living laboratory in Singapore for the port and logistics industry.