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ITE launches global vision

The ITE Advantage - A Global Leader In Technical Education

Excerpted from Statement By Dr Law Song Seng, Director & CEO/ITE

ITE develops a new strategic plan every five years. Its first comprehensive strategic plan was the ITE 2000 Plan, which started in 1995. This plan built ITE into an established post-secondary technical institution by year 2000.

The second plan, the ITE Breakthrough, developed ITE into a world-class technical education institution for the knowledge-based economy. We successfully completed this plan in 2004.
Today (2 Feb 2005), we are pleased to announce our third strategic plan for the next five years. We call this new plan the ITE Advantage.
ITE Advantage – The Next Phase of Continuous Transformation
ITE has achieved a significant transformation as a post-secondary technical institution since its establishment in 1992.
Today, ITE is a world-class post-secondary technical education institution. We have created a unique brand of an ITE Education that is not only attractive to school leavers and adult learners, but also well recognised locally and overseas for its relevance, quality and values.
With ITE Breakthrough, ITE has succeeded in producing knowledgeable, well-trained, active, confident and active graduates for the knowledge economy. Moving ahead, ITE faces new challenges in the ever-changing global, social and economic environment.
To take ITE beyond being a world-class education institution, the new ITE Advantage Plan was formulated with the vision of “A Global Leader in Technical Education”.
We choose to call this new Plan, the “ITE Advantage” for two good reasons. Firstly, it reflects our aspiration to establish ourselves as a global leader by taking advantage of the new opportunities presented by the dynamic changes in the global environment.
Secondly, the intent is to further build on the ITE Brand of College Education by creating additional competitive advantages for our students, staff, employers and other stakeholders.
Our New Vision – A Global Leader in Technical Education
ITE’s new vision projects our aspiration to be a global leader, internationally recognised among peers for its leadership, innovation, quality programmes, “best-in-class” practices and organisational excellence.
To stay relevant and responsive in the next phase of its transformation, ITE must be more actively engaged with the changes rapidly taking place in technical vocational training overseas.
As a global leader, there will be greater involvement in collaborating, sharing and making available, our capability, experience and ITE qualifications to the wider regional and international community.
However, while we have injected a greater global perspective in the ITE Advantage, our core mission and primary function will continue to focus on helping Singapore develop a highly-skilled and adaptable workforce.
Four Goals of Strategic Focus
The ITE Advantage plan comprises a new vision, four Goals, nine Strategies and 19 Programmes. The plan was formulated after an extensive process of consultation with ITE’s customers and stakeholders over a period of nine months last year. The four goals are:
Goal One – An ITE Education for a Global Economy
Under Goal One, ITE will prepare and orientate its students to the new realities and challenges of the increasingly competitive global environment.
We will provide ‘Real Education’ to bring out the best in every student. We will do this by providing greater flexibility to customise learning to the needs of the individual through programmes such as a flexible selection system, flexible curriculum framework and differentiated learning.
We will use entrance tests, interviews and portfolio assessments, which look beyond the GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ level grades of the applicants.
We will also give our three ITE Colleges greater autonomy to deliver their courses so as to provide greater differentiation in teaching and learning while maintaining the quality and consistency of standards under the “One ITE, Three Colleges” System.
Students with diverse interests and aptitude will have greater options to elect for advanced-standing credit modules at the Polytechnics or ITE. Others can choose to do inter-disciplinary modules at another School within the same College.
Beyond these, ITE aims to orientate our students towards a global mindset by exposing them to global trends and developments in the workplace, industry and overseas countries.
This will be done through seminars, workshops, industry attachments, overseas assignment programmes and student exchange programmes.
Students will also have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills through both formal and informal entrepreneurship programmes and activities. There will be leadership development programmes to groom potential ITE leaders for the workplace and community.
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Source: Institute of Technical Eduation Press Release 2 Feb 2005

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