With flexible learning pathways, the NTU FlexiMasters and other stackable certificates allow working professionals to juggle work and study
By Marianne Tan
Aug 8, 2022
Despite holding a fulltime job as an engineer, Ms Ng You Pin was able to pursue her interest in supply chain engineering.
“I was interested to learn about the strategies that supply chain companies can implement to respond to the challenges that arose as a result of lockdowns and border restrictions,” she explains.
For busy professionals like her, finding time to upskill or reskill can seem like an uphill battle. Fortunately, she found certificate courses of her interest that give her the flexibility to study at her own pace.
Ms Ng is currently pursuing courses stackable to FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering. FlexiMasters, which is offered by the Nanyang Technological University’s Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU), allows working adults to upskill through credit-bearing courses.
The credits earned from these courses can also be stacked towards the relevant NTU Master’s degree should the learner choose to further his or her studies. There are also no prerequisites for enrolment into the FlexiMasters courses.
She adds: “With less emphasis on grades and more industry-relevant content, the courses made my learning less stressful and more enjoyable.” As an NTU alumna, she also received $1,600 incourse credits to defray her course fees.
Other than the FlexiMasters certificates, PaCE@NTU also offers working adults credit-bearing courses stackable to Specialist or Graduate Certificates.
Another NTU alumnus who was able to upskill at his own pace while working full-time was Mr Omar Ahmad Mohamed Noh, who pursued courses stackable to a Specialist Certificate in Civil Infrastructure.
The Specialist Certificates consist of courses taken from NTU undergraduate full degrees across schools ranging from business
to engineering and computer science.
Like Ms Ng, Mr Omar enjoyed the industry-relevant content that equipped him with the latest skill sets and knowledge.
Although they both initially struggled while managing work and studies, they eventually overcame the problem by allocating time on weekday nights or weekends to catch up on studies. The sacrifices are worthwhile.
Says Ms Ng: “By upskilling and reskilling, you are able to improve your general knowledge, stay abreast of world developments and increase employability.”
Visit www.ntu.edu.sg/pace/programmes/stackable-certificates for more information.